We knew in advance from reading the website that entrance to the 'Demesne' did not include the castle, so were not disappointed like some reviewers. I now see that you can book ahead for a tour of the castle and would probably do so if in the area again. We thoroughly enjoyed the gardens, and you can spend quite a long time in the wooded areas, along the stream, by the waterfall and particularly in the walled gardens - it would be a good place to picnic on a fine day. The science centre was interesting, the telescope worth going to see and, although we didn't enter it, the very large play area with tree house, etc., seemed to be full of happy kids. Gift shop, tea room and washrooms were all clean and well-laid out.
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