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Due to ongoing structural repair work, the castle is not accessible to the public at present. However, it still provides a stunning backdrop to our beautiful gardens, along with the woodland, meadows, and lakes of the wider estate.

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Magic Garden

An enchanting, natural place

Walking through the willow arch at the entrance to the Magic Garden is a journey into a natural, peaceful haven and a cool, shady refuge on even the hottest day.

This is a garden where nature is in charge and gardeners have minimal intervention. Foxgloves are abundant in the spring and the Japanese maple trees provide a riot of stunning colour in the autumn.

It is said the castle’s magical folk live in this garden. Being shy, they are usually hiding and don’t like being disturbed. The giant mushrooms are an ideal spot to sit and watch for these magical creatures, who can sometimes be seen amongst the ferns, stumps and logs of this enchanting garden.

  • Not accessible via wheelchair
  • Dogs Welcome on Leads
  • Japanese Acer
  • Stumpery

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Take a look at some of our other gardens before you visit and smell the flowers and see the views for yourself.

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Events run throughout the year for the whole family.

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