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A beautfully preserved example of a medieval moated castle
In a nutshell
a time tunnel to a medieval time in england!
At the entrance to the grounds are two outbuildings containing a shop and a cafe. The cafe is a rather school canteen-like affair, overpriced too by the looks of it, as these things tend to be. Main meals seemed to be around the 7 pound point. A small pot of coffee will set you back nearly 2 pounds.
The shop next door is a fairly generic National Trust gift shop, smelling of pot pourri. You can pick up a small glossy guide book on the castle for 3 pounds which wasn't bad value, or a dvd history for 5 pounds.
Unique Suggestions: Make sure you get a seat outside as close to the river as possible and keep an eye out for the local vintage steam engine making it's way across the nearby fields.
Fun Alternatives: Watch a version of the dvd showing in a room inside the castle. Pack some sandwiches and a thermos full of tea and pretend that you're actually on holiday as a kid with your family in the 1970's... Rain will add the full British childhood effect.
Updated May 20, 2007
Luggage and bags: Dress for all weathers here. The weather changes quite quickly in England. We always dress more warm than cold. Bring a backpack with water and your camera of course! I have never been one to take photos, but since I have joined Virtualtourist, I might just have to start :-)
Written Jun 13, 2007
There are some lovely walks to be had in this area, but a short stroll up the hill behind the castle, over a wooden stile (some steps over a fence) brings you to a great vantage point overlooking the castle and the surrounding countryside.
I wandered up this way to take a closer look at a house that I'd glimpsed, with 3 cone towers, a style that is quite frequent in this region of the country. Unfortunately this day in early spring the visibility wasn't great so the landscape shots didn't come out so well, but in summer I reckon you wouldn't be the only person standing up here.
Written Apr 1, 2007