In October half term my husband and I visited this wonderful castle. The castle is surrounded by super gardens which were starting to glow orange, yellow and red in the autumn sun. Photographically it was one of those amazing days. The castle itself, surrounded on three sides by water, is entered by the basement cellar. As you procede through corridors and rooms hung with large tapestries and cloths to keep out winter drafts, you get a real feel of how castles would have been furnished. Obviously it has evolved over the years and has cosy sofas, beautiful paintings, large entertaining areas, and a very large and bright dining room. It houses antiques, sculptures, fine furniture, paintings, and all sorts of fascinating artefacts. My favorite room was the library. In all it is a house you could live in very comfortably as it remains human sized!! Basically A MUST visit. We continued to get lost in the maze along with scores of screaming and laughing children. The Grotto was pretty cool. The kitchen garden was very pretty. I really didn't like the aviary- so sad to keep beautiful birds in captivity. We forced ourselves (!) to have tea and a slice of delicious victoria cake on the restaurant terrace, as the weather waas so mild, and it was quieter than the other cafes. On another note, half term was heaving with children having a ball- I was particularly impressed by the number of activities and crafts the castle laid on for the hundreds of children in half term- congratulations to Leeds castle on that score- from my point of view however as an ageing Mum of older teenagers, it was all a bit noisy!!! I will definitely go again especially as the entrance ticket is valid for a year.
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