Castle Park

Once upon a time, there was a castle, one of the largest castles in the country. Yet all that now survives above ground of Bristol Castle is an arched stone entrance, a remnant of one of the defensive walls, archaeological remains of a tower and steps to an underground route from the castle that would have provided the opportunity for besieged occupiers to carry out a surprise counter-attack or communicate with the outside world.

With help from University of the West of England’s (UWE) History Professor Peter Fleming, Year 5 pupils from St Barnabas CEVC Primary School pieced together the remains and recreated the lost castle in Minecraft, in a new world specially created by digital media expert, Dan Tagg.

NifD film company captured the pupils’ 3D model with accompanying audio set during the 1399 rebellion.

Watch the film and be escorted through the castle and its grounds as defiant Henry Bolingbroke returns to English soil after his banishment by Richard II, to take back what he believes is rightfully his.