I've attended several outside events in tents, and a few tours inside the castle. Always a wonderful venue for any kind of event. I highly recommend the holiday tours for their beautiful historic decorations, back-in-time ambience and the enthusiastic and knowledgeable interpretation by volunteer docents. It's nearly impossible not to get into the holiday spirit walking through the magical, candle-lit castle passageways and Dickensian rooms. I do recommend spacing out these visits every few years to allow the program to be freshened up a bit. It would be a shame to allow such an experience to go stale, and as wonderful a job as they do, no one could be expected to keep coming up with all-new patter every year. Two tips: Wear layers so you can maintain a comfortable personal temperature, and by all means, wear comfortable shoes! You'll be walking on hard, cold concrete for at least an hour, including lots of steps. So ladies, seriously: I know you wanna be dressed in your holiday finery, but this is one time when you wanna leave the spiky heels at home. Besides, it'll be easier for you to approach the building over the bluestone drive, especially if it has snowed recently. Also: This is great for families with kids around ten or so, but as magical as it could be for littler kids, it could conceivably also be a little spooky, and the length of the tour probably will test the attention spans of younger kids. The other related issue is that there's nothing worse for any of the other attendees than the reverberations off the acoustically harsh concrete surfaces of a screaming child. Been there, done that...hope never to do it again.
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