We had been looking forward to visiting this castle for ages. First problem we had was parking. The car parked were full and this was on a pouring wet day at 11am. The loos were the first stop after a two hour drive to get there and it didn’t get any better. They were queued out the door and looked, and smelt, as if they hadn’t been cleaned in days. Onto the gift shop and you have the usual array of overpriced tat but is definitely one of the better things. We then went to have lunch before going to the castle itself and this is where they really excelled. Hot lunches are served from 12-3.30pm, at 1157 I asked for a piece of quiche which was sitting waiting to be plated and was told I couldn’t have it as it wasn’t 12 yet. At first I though he was kidding, I did point out it was only 3 minutes to go and he went and asked the supervisor who told him no, it was too early. By this point i was ready to leave the rest of the stuff we bought and walk out until my husband asked the manager who agreed to let me have the quiche. I wish I hadn’t bothered, it tasted as though it had been sitting out for hours.
Onto the actual castle and they have a no backpack or large bag rule which really didn’t bother me and the no photography rule for the castle isn’t such a big deal either as there’s really nothing worth photographing.
To finish all I can say is, been there, done that and will be in no rush back
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