UNLIMITED ACCESS TO OVER 400 HISTORIC PLACES
Live and breathe the story of England at royal castles, historic gardens, forts & defences, world-famous prehistoric sites and many others.
Cold drinks and various snacks are available. Locally made Brymor ice-cream is sold in the summer. There is also a choice of places to eat in the Market Place.
Gift shop sells a wide range of English Heritage souvenirs and gifts, including books, snacks, and cold drinks.
Toilets are available in the castle grounds and there is an accessible unisex toilet in visitor centre.
Dogs on leads are welcome to the castle.
In 2000 English Heritage commissioned the landscape architect Neil Swanson to design a contemporary heritage garden.
The garden, known as the 'cockpit', is outside the castle walls and you approach it through a thick stone wall to airy views beyond. The main part of the cockpit garden is a grassy amphitheatre where people can meet, lay on the grass, have parties, picnics and enjoy the surroundings and it echoes the turfed area within the castle.
Please see the 'Garden' pages for more details. Cobbled surface accessed via wide steps.
Lots of room to run around in the main Ward, and some space in the garden. Ball games and kites allowed but please be considerate of other visitors.