This has to be one of the best castles to visit in the UK. It’s not the most polished tourist experience you’ll ever get, and the castle and grounds are under constant improvement, but but the castle itself has really good information up around the restored rooms which offer good insights into what you’re seeing. The tea room offers OK food, but nothing too grand (although we weren’t there for afternoon tea, which looked pretty good). The experiences around the castle were the high point though. Every day they do an archery exhibition (which you can join in), and falconry demonstrations. The falconry demonstration we did with Colm was simply exceptional, and without doubt the best I’ve ever seen. Whilst he doesn’t have too many birds (we saw a buzzard, a raven, an eagle owl and a falcon), his knowledge is second-to-none and his enthusiasm was contagious. Certainly worth a stop if you’re passing through Wensleydale.
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