The grounds are really well kept and beautiful. Just walking around, it was easy to imagine yourself in another era entirely.
To get to the actual castle, you need to walk through the gardens and the picture to the left is what you see when you first walk through the shop.
There was a massive carp pond and the fish were right at the top of the water and easy to see. I was a little wary to get close to the water because I have been known to fall over!
The gardens were so beautiful and these bright alliums were particularly gorgeous. As I said above, the gardens are so well kept and I was really impressed.
As you can see in the picture, there’s also these grand yew hedges and you could actually walk through the middle of them.
There was also an aviary with lots of different birds and a church, where Catherine Parr was laid to rest.
I really enjoyed the day and would definitely visit again (I am planning on doing so in the summer). It’s so interesting and I learned a lot just from walking around and observing. I’d definitely suggest visiting.
Don’t forget to wear your geekery like a badge!