2019 Visitor Opening
We are open from Sunday to Wednesday each week from 1st April 2019 until the end of October.
The Castle is always closed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for private events, with the exception of Easter weekend when we are also open on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
The Butterfly House is open Sunday to Wednesday inclusive from May to September.
We are open from Sunday to Wednesday each week until the end of October. The Castle is always closed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for private events.
10:30am - 5:00pm (entry to the Walled Garden and Grounds from 10.30am, entrance to Castle building & Butterfly House from 11am).
Complimentary guided tours take place at regular intervals throughout the day from 11am*
The Castle is available for groups on any open days throughout the Season.
• Last admission is at 4.00pm.
• Opening times and availability may be subject to alteration.
• We regret no dogs, except service dogs, are allowed anywhere on the premises
• Free Car Park with Picnic Lawn adjacent.
• Guided Tours are FREE (when available).
*due to the nature of some special event days, guided tours are sometimes substituted with Guides in rooms.
2019 Admission Prices:
Castle, Gardens and Butterfly House
Children (age 3 - 16) £7.00
Concession (full-time student or aged 65+) £11.00
Student £11.00 with valid Student card
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £35.00
Children under 3 are free.
Pre-booked party rates (20 or more visitors): £10.00 per person
Visiting groups of school children: one adult per 10 children at no charge, all other adults charged at £10.00.
Note: BOOK THE CASTLE FOR YOUR PRIVATE EVENTS ON THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS.
This is a Norman Castle retaining many of its original features.
As a result, there is unfortunately no wheelchair access and there are steps and uneven floors throughout the Castle and gardens.
For those who feel the initial 24 stone steps of the Keep may be unmanageable, a shorter route through the Castle is available, avoiding this flight of steps, but other steps and stairs will need to be negotiated.
If in doubt, please ring the main office on 01453 810303 for advice.
Childrens Pushchairs and Buggies
There is no access to the Grade 1 listed Castle with children's pushchairs or buggies, because of the many steps and uneven floors. The Guide at the foot of the steps to the Keep will keep an eye on your child's buggy. If in doubt, please ring the main office for advice.
No push chairs or buggies are allowed in the Butterfly House.
Health and Safety Advice
This is a mediaeval building.
In the gardens there are uneven surfaces, steep terraces, deep water features, steep steps, non-edible plants, low branches, and slippery surfaces in wet weather. Please don't climb on the cannon, they are very old.
In the Castle there are steep stone steps, uneven and slippery floors, other steps not immediately obvious, low doorways.
Children should always be accompanied while visiting the Castle.
2019 Visitor Opening
We are open from 1st April 2019. Sunday to Wednesday each week until the end of October.
The Castle is always closed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for private events, with the exception of Easter weekend.