Wonderful visit! This brilliant place is impressively large, with a number of buildings and with a number of courtyards, each one amazingly beautiful and each one incredibly interesting, which makes for a great outing, with lots to see and with lots to do – one day really wasn’t enough! The beauty of the sights and the richness of the history speak for themselves, but what really made our visit were the staff and the volunteers. The two tours which we attended, a tour of the Painted Hall led by Sue and a tour on Lord Nelson led by Chenda, were brilliant. Sue and Chenda were so knowledgeable and so enthusiastic, and added so much to our enjoyment of our visit – Sue gave us a wonderful insight into the symbolism behind the Painted Hall and Chenda gave us a superb look at the life of Lord Nelson, all the more impressive as the tours on Lord Nelson are pretty much brand new. Another star of our visit, who we met in the skittle alley and in the visitor centre, was Daren who was an absolute mine of fascinating information. He seemed to know everything there was to know, and his knowledge and his enthusiasm shone through in everything he said. It was absolutely fantastic, especially his information on the, now largely vanished, but really fascinating, medieval palace and its predecessors. All in all, it was a perfect day – great setting, great history, great facilities and great people. Top marks all round – we will definitely be going back!