A wonderfully preserved castle, known as the place where King Charles I was imprisoned. Don't miss the wonderful Princess Beatrice Garden. There are also regular tournaments and jousts, as well as Hands On History for children and some outdoor theatrical performances.
What makes it special
- Edwardian gardens
- Meet the loveable donkeys
- Experience far reaching panoramic views
Until end of September – daily 10.00am to 6.00pm
October to 3rd November – daily 10.00am to 5.00pm
9th November to 9th February 2020 – Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm
15 February to end March – Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm (plus Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th February)
Member – free
Adult – £10 (£11 with gift aid)
Child (5 to 17 years) – £6 (£6.60 with gift aid)
Concession – £9 (£9.90 with gift aid)
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) – £26 (£28.60 with gift aid)
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