Enniskillen Castle in Co Fermanagh has a chance at benefitting from a multi-million pound funding pot for repairs and conservation work.
The £47 million of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is targeted at six existing and potential tourist attractions around UK to help promote the country’s heritage tourism economy, which the HLF said was already worth £26 billion a year.
The medieval palace at Knole, Kent, a 15th century mansion and former hunting lodge to Henry VIII is to receive £7.75 million for repairs and conservation, as well as new visitor facilities and opening up previously unseen rooms.
The funding will also safeguard artefacts including fragile furniture from two Royal palaces, a solid silver table, state beds with hangings woven with gold thread, silver sequins and rare velvets, and the original 17th century Knole settee.
The National Trust said that since acquiring Knole in 1946, it had faced expensive running battles with rain, damp, mould and insects, but the funding meant the future of the mansion and treasures were now secure.
Flax Mill Saltings, a complex of 18th and 19th century industrial buildings which include the world’s first iron-framed building - the forerunner to the modern skyscraper - is to receive £12.8 million to be restored and redeveloped for commercial, visitor and community purposes.
English Heritage took over the site in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, which consists of seven listed buildings including the iron-framed Main Mill, in 2005.
The site was a flax mill for a century from 1797 and then a maltings from 1897 until its closure in 1987. The funding means that from 2016, it will be open to the public and provide a workplace for hundreds of people.
Windermere Steamboat Museum in Cumbria has been awarded £9.4 million for a new museum on the edge of Lake Windemere to showcase two hundred years of boat-building in the Lake District, and provide training and apprenticeships.
Winchester Cathedral, in Hampshire, is to receive £10.5 million for urgent conservation works and new exhibitions for its greatest treasures, which include six mortuary chests containing the bones of Anglo Saxon kings.
Chester Farm in Northamptonshire, a site which has evidence of human activity dating back 10,000 years and a complex of Grade II and II* listed buildings which are currently at risk, is to get £4 million to be developed and opened to the public.
The project will include an archaeological resource centre and excavations will be carried out to uncover the stories of people who lived on the site.
And Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery in Powys is to receive £2.5 million for redevelopment work. The museum contains important archaeological material from mid-Wales and nationally significant contemporary art.
Carole Souter, chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “We know that heritage is a huge draw for visitors from home and abroad.
“More than a quarter of all UK holiday activities undertaken by UK residents now involve heritage.
“These projects all offer the public the chance to explore and enjoy our rich and complex history.”
Initial support has also been given to four projects to develop their bid for funding, at the V&A in London, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Enniskillen Castle in Northern Ireland and John Wesley’s New Room in Bristol.