We visited the castle in early May 2014 for an afternoon. The castle is an imposing building even from a distance and once your inside from the courtyard you really get a feel for just how big it would have been.
Exploring the castle can be done at your own pace and without any set routes you can just wander around and take it all in snapping pictures as you go. Each room/area has informative signs and information posters explaining there use and history and it is both interesting and educational.
A must see is the view from the top of the castle though not for those who don't like heights. The view of the rolling hills seems to go on forever and is a great photo opportunity.
My wife and I ate in the cafe and the food was good quality, with a good service and the prices were reasonable. After paying a visit to the gift shop I felt it is mostly geared towards children with some quirky items though a little over priced for some of the goods.
We didn't visit the gardens or bird shows but did see the pigs and thought how the kids would enjoy these aspects the most.
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