A new operator is being sought to run Hastings Castle as investment is needed for improvements which the council cannot afford.
Hastings Borough Council is looking for expressions of interest for an operator to develop and manage the castle to help it ‘become the must see attraction it deserves to be’.
Deputy leader and lead member for tourism Kim Forward said the council failed in lottery grant bids and needs an organisation to look after the castle.
“Hastings Castle is one of the only direct links we have with the Norman invasion,” she said.
“It was the first Norman castle to be built in England, and is featured on the Bayeux Tapestry.
“But it does need more investment to provide an even better visitor experience there.
“Unfortunately our Heritage Lottery Fund bids to improve the castle weren’t successful, and we don’t have the resources ourselves to invest in it.
“So we are inviting expressions of interest from prospective operators a longer lease on the castle, the terms of which would include significant investment to improve access to the castle, and the visitor experience there.
“We are working with experts GVA who will help us manage the process, and make the castle the ‘must see’ visitor attraction it deserves to be.”
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