Written on: 22/10/2007 by JGSmith (1 review written)
It's a beautiful castle, no question, and the town is pretty and friendly. The waxworks of young Winston and his contemporaries were well done. I'd never seen a huge medieval catapult working before either.
Quite a few negative points actually. We arrived around lunch time and paid £3 for 'castle parking' in an overflow field which was at least a mile and a half from the castle.
It's well preserved and we must be grateful for that. Didn't learn much actual history but the place gives kids a feel for what life may have been like. Then there was the entry price - very very expensive in comparison to other similar scale attractions. Nearly £50 for the 3 of us is far more than Royal Heritage or NT properties. It was pretty full when we were there so plenty of people are clearly happy to pay the fee. The castle itself is fun, you have the dungeon and state rooms, great hall etc, but you don't really feel the price is justified. The Preparing for Battle section is very weak, and the Halloween trail is pretty crummy too.