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“Excellent little Gem”
Review of Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle
Ranked #3 of 42 things to do in Kendal
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Excellent little Gem”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

I quite like a good castle. And I'm quite prepared to mooch about in the rain looking at one or inside the ruins of its former glory. . . .
Fortunately, less hardcore castle go-ers can rejoice, with this one you don't really need your brolly too much; only for in the gardens and, if you're a proper wet lettuce, to walk the short distance from the ticket/gift shop to the castle.
There really is something for everyone (everyone who would purposely visit a castle anyways) here. Lots of items, portraits, things to read and an enthusiastic guide in every room. The guides are what really make this stand out, think retired historian with a passion and wealth of knowledge.
And, not that it mattered to me, but it's kid friendly too :)

Visited October 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

We made two attempts to visit, we were in the vicinity on a Friday before moving from the Kendal area to Langdale but it was closed. However we were staying in the Lake District for a total of 10 days so we returned about a week later on a wet day. The castle is a family home so only part is open to visitors but it's very interesting with lots of history in quite a few rooms spread over a number of floors, 1-2 hours max.is ample for this. It was a shame about the weather because there were some quite interesting organised guided walks around quite extensive grounds and you would need to allow >3 hours for this. The guide was quite relieved that we and others opted not to take the scheduled walk because of the weather. There was a National Trust Cafe where nice refreshments can be obtained although it's quite popular on wet days so it was rather full inside.

Visited September 2013
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A few tips if you intend visiting the Castle.”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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Slough, United Kingdom
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“A family home of distinction”
Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

A fantastic place to visit, Sizergh Castle has something for everyone. Different parts are open at different times so check opening times before you go. We started with the gardens that were just beginning to show beautiful Autumn colours then went into the beautiful Tudor house. There were detailed information sheets (different ones for adults and children) and the volunteers in each room were passionate and very knowledgable as well as being able to bring the rooms to life. There were so many things to see but it still felt like a family home, which of course it is.

I thoroughly recommend this National Trust property for all ages and hope to return when next in the area.

Visited October 2013
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Cramlington
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“Fascinating history”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Personal welcome and intro by National Trust guide made the viewing of the Castle much more interesting; room guides were also knowledgeable. The Strickland family (still in residence) have had a long and interesting past. Good garden. Would like to explore the extensive estate on a future visit.

Visited September 2013
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