Built in the 12th century, the castle played host to various monarchs down the years, including Elizabeth I, and was home to the Earl of Leicester in the 1500s.
The castle has been partially restored by English Heritage, with some work still ongoing.
Approaching the castle
Former stables (now a display about the castle's history and a cafe)
Another view of the castle.
Various pics of the gardens.
We spent just under 2 hours exploring the castle and grounds - well worth a visit.