Plans to transport visitors back in time at Kenilworth Castle have been set back by six months thanks to extensive unforeseen problems.
Work on brand new viewing platforms in the Leicester’s Building has been underway through the summer with brand new sights all set to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
But due to extensive extra work which was discovered necessary for the centuries old building, English Heritage has announced they will not be ready until February 2014.
The new platforms will allow visitors to walk in the footsteps of royalty and enjoy panoramic views across the grounds that have gone unseen for centuries.
But for the heritage body, working on the four-hundred year-old ruined building has not been the easiest task.
Alex Page, Historic Properties director explained that during construction it became clear a lot more work would be needed to preserve the building and that this would take considerable time.
“The preservation and protection of Leicester’s Building is our top priority,” he said.
“Working with such an important historic building is what makes this an exciting yet complex project, and has resulted in some delays.
“Our specialists have identified the need for considerable repair work – including the preservation of original timber lintels and repairing the masonry.
“These works were not in our original plans, but must be done to protect the historic fabric of this impressive building.”
Kenilworth Castle is famous for its romantic associations with Queen Elizabeth I, who stayed there four times.
Commissioned by the Earl of Leicester Robert Dudley in the 1570s for the use of the queen, Leicester’s Building today stands as a romantic ruin.
Once the platforms are opened, visitors can once again look out on the grounds and see the remains of fireplaces, doorways and latrines within the Tudor architectural masterpiece which have been covered up for centuries.