We had been waiting a while to visit this stately home, not really a castle despite its name. Car parking is efficient [public transport non-existent ]. You have to book for a time slot and date as it is only open from time to time. I quite like the series, but am not an avid fan, unlike some of the visitors on a cold December Sunday. The castle is still owned by the family so only about 25 to 30 per cent is open. There is a lot to see and some parts such as the Hall and Staircase and some bedrooms can be recognised, but the best part is the family history from the 19th century.
Some parts are grand, others are quite worn as befits a huge home. The café was quite good for snacks and coffee and very reasonably priced. The Egyptian Museum was a bonus and an amazing story of discovery in the early 20th century. Compared with some National Trust places it was a little overpriced, but the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful in explaining details not covered by the room descriptions. I am glad I visited with my wife and friends, but would hesitate to return. The grounds and gardens must be very beautiful on a summers day.
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