On August 30th 1999, the Gatehouse at Tonbridge Castle closed to visitors and work on a £375,000 millennium project began. The missing floors on the ground and first floor levels have been replaced, and spiral staircase in the East Tower repaired.
This enables a circular tour of the gatehouse to be possible. In replacing the floors, two additional rooms have been created. An education room mainly for school and group use, provision for an exhibition space for local community use, and a second venue for Civil marriage ceremonies has been provided. Architect Stuart Page ensured the work was of a high quality and in keeping with the fabric of the Medieval Gatehouse.
In September 2000, the Gatehouse reopened in celebration of the Millennium. A Victorian Birthday Party commemorated 100 years of the castle being in local authority ownership and the Heritage Open Days Festival was celebrated Borough wide.
In 2003, the re-roofing of the Gatehouse was completed. The project, led by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, cost approximately £450,000. The Council received some financial help in the form of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This latest restoration work will help preserve the structure of the Gatehouse, improve the interior of the building and provide shelter all year round. You can now enjoy your visit to Tonbridge Castle whatever the weather!