It is arguably the best-preserved Norman fortress in England. The castle's fortifications and outbuildings were built around 1100, and the Keep (central structure) around 1140. This tower, flanked by two smaller towers, is the only large structure that has survived. Currently the Keep is open to the public from Easter until October, while the Castle is used for wedding ceremonies or renewal of vows, celebrations of stable unions, christenings and corporate or private parties.
WHY THIS PLACE
The weddings are held by candlelight, with space for 100 seated guests and another room without tables in the minstrel gallery. A fantastic opportunity for a real time travel, in a place that will certainly leave your guests dazzled.
• The Castle is also used for other events such as competitions in archery and falconry, recreation of battles, fairs, exhibitions of vintage cars, concerts and theater productions. The Queen Annee mansion and the marquee are also used for wedding receptions and parties.
• The castle was the location of the film The Reckoning (2003), starring Willem Dafoe and Paul Bettany and for the BBC drama Ivanhoe. The castle also appeared in a photo shoot with Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, for Vanity Fair magazine.