For a start I find it bizarre that this National Trust gem is closed on Fridays and Saturdays even at peak season. My wife and I visited very recently whilst on a three night break at the Riverside in Ambleside (recommended). You have access to most of the castle regardless of the fact that the Strickland family are still in residence.
Do take your camera, photography is permitted except for one room 'a royal bedroom.' We took the guided tour, lasted about 45 minutes, but this is not essential as there are well informed guide volunteers in every room.
If you are disabled there is access for wheelchairs. After fully touring and wandering around the house/castle, about 90 minutes, we were ready for a coffee and snack before visiting the extensive gardens. I can recommend the cafe, a particularly nice coffee. Being October there wasn't much in bloom in the garden but the greenary, rockery, kitchen garden and lake made the stroll worthwhile.
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