Although the building is interesting I think, like many of our old buildings, it could be much better presented. The audio guide is informative but this is the only information you have hence there are people wondering around listening to a little machine, pressing the relevant numbers in the relevant rooms etc. I watched the visitors, including families with children, as they toured this castle and there was virtually no communication at all as most were walking around on their own,
their only companion being an audio guide. So, progress I suppose but if you really want people to become interested in history you need to involve them and grab their attention, to the younger generation I suspect a visit here will have been very dull. Many things were mentioned in passing, i.e the curtain wall, the surrender during the civil war, and, although I appreciate you have to limit the information you give, why a mere mention of important structures/ events?
Having said that it is worth a visit as the gatehouse is quite stunning.
The tea room ( not run by English heritage ) is a disaster. Possibly room for three or four people to order and then take their drinks elsewhere to consume so if it's a rainy day and you arrive after a coach party you would get very wet or give up and not bother with refreshments.
If you do want to know more about the castle's surrender during the Civil War, go to the church where there is more information.
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