I visited this place and loved it, just as much as those who I went with. There is plenty of parking within a very short distance, with some disabled spots virtually outside the building should you need them. From the outside the whole place just looks amazing - a blend of old Elizabethan brick and traditional white 'plaster' and black stained oaken beams. One of the first things you notice is the wonderful 'leaning' of some of the walls as they have moved and taken the strain over centuries of holding this place together. Once inside and having paid your fees, there is the option of a digital display come interactive guide, which is very informative and adds so much to your tour, without being overly long and full of facts and figures. For the younger visitor, this same unit can be used to guide the child round as through the eyes of a ghost - in this case a young servant girl who had died in medieval times. Our grand daughter found this very easy to listen to, and she learnt so much from it. This has to be one of the best buildings of its type in Britain, and probably the least well known. There are some stairs to climb, but I would say only one set need care, however, I did not attempt the climb up the 40-odd steps up onto the roof to enjoy the views, but the older folks in our group managed them fairly easily. The whole inside just oozes character, history and interest. During the year several re-enactment groups use the place to stunning effect, covering a good range of years. They all encourage hands on too, be it trying the games, the weaponry, some of the food, or dressing up. Henry VIII visited, and the Pilgrim Fathers used it too, so it appeals to all era's. You can make your tour or stay as long as you wish, there is no 'ushering' you around, and once you have had enough, there is a cafe and gift shop area to refresh yourself and complete your visit. All in all an excellent place, with extremely friendly staff. It really is a place you should visit and one I can honestly recommend.
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