The Heritage Lottery Fund has approved a grant of £2m for restoration work and events at Oakham Castle.
A joint bid from Rutland County Council, Oakham Town Council, the Friends of Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle, with the support of community groups and English Heritage, was given final approval this week.
The money will be used to carry out extensive restoration work, introduce a new and exciting events programme, and provide opportunity to host re-enactments and living history.
Council leader Roger Begy (Con) said: “Good things come in threes, and this is a really great week for Rutland and Oakham Castle, with a visit from The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, the first horseshoe presentation for nine years, and the announcement of our bid being approved.
“It’s hard to put into words how delighted everyone at the council and on the board is to have our bid approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We knew from the outset that this was an extremely competitive process and we have given 110 per cent on behalf of the local community to make this happen. It is very proud day for Rutland.”