This place is near my home 'patch' and I have always extolled its virtues - but no more. Time and again people are telling me that it nothing but an overpriced Disney 'experience' and that is so sad.
It is one of the most complete medieval castles in the UK and should be cherished for its history and architecture but Merlin have turned it in to a lurid money-making machine with every opportunity to fleece the customers and they have lost the opportunity to educate and inform those interested in important parts of UK history. Out-of-work actors dressed up as 'characters' instead of the previous well informed guides. 'Enactments' instead of a quiet talk on the history.
If you want a candy-floss day out this is for you, if you want to discover more about British history then give it a miss.
I am truly sad to write this and hope they will change their ways but as all their other 'attractions' are basically theme parks we await with horror the arrival of the inevitable 'history rides.'
It's an expensive waste of a day - sorry and I truly hope it will change back to the magnificent visitor experience that it once was.
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