A £12.5 million restoration of Birmingham’s Aston Hall was revealed when the building was officially reopened to the public.

The hall had been closed to visitors for two years while Lottery-funded restoration work was carried out to improve facilities and exhibits.

Original features were uncovered and restored, with many rooms reinstated to 17th and 18th century colour schemes and condition.

The Orange Room, where Charles I slept, is now open to the public for the first time.

During the work a host of architectural features were revealed, including an original door dating back to the 1600s. The door, which still had its original hinges, had been sealed behind some wooden panelling for hundreds of years.

Other doorways, fireplaces and unknown decorative friezes were also uncovered, which have wherever possible been preserved and left on display.