Tudor Christmas: Storytelling
Join our Lord of Misrule on a journey through the romantic ruins. Find out about the rich history of Tudor traditions and maybe participate in a play or a game or two. Please note storytelling on 21st December will end at 4pm.
- Booking not needed
- Free event (admission applies)
During the reign of Elizabeth I, Christmas was a mixed affair with traditions travelling back to the middle ages. In Tudor times the rich and poor might find themselves at the same festivities. A time when a commoner might rule for a day and a lord wait upon them. The castle will also be open until 7pm for Winter Lights on Sat 9, Fri 15, Sat 16, Mon 18 - Wed 20, Fri 22 - Sat 23 & Wed 27 - Sat 30 Dec
- Event ticket prices
|1 adult and up to 3 children||£14.85||£13.50|
|1 adult and up to 3 children||£15.75||£14.32|
What is Gift Aid?
Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:
- Gift Aid Admission or
- Standard admission
If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.
Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.
An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.
|Amount paid by visitor||£11.00||£10.00|
|Tax refund from Government*||£2.75||£0.00|
|Total received by the National Trust||£13.75||£10.00|
*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.
Peak: 4-5 March, 11-12 March, 18-19 March, 25-26 March, 1-2 April, 8 -23 April, 29 April -1 May, 6-7 May, 13-14 May, 20-21 May, 27 May -4 June, 10-11 June, 17-18 June, 24-25 June, 8-31 July, 1-27 August, 2-3 Sept., 9-10 Sept., 16-17 Sept., 23-24 Sept., 30 Sept.-1 Oct., 7-8 Oct., 21-29 October.
Off peak: at all other times.
Visitors arriving by public transport are offered a discount voucher redeemable at the shop or tea-rooms. This offer applies at all times.
Family tickets admit two adults and up to three children under the age of 17.
One adult family tickets admit one adult and up to three children under the age of 17.
- Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Dogs on leads are welcome.
- What to bring and wear
- If you're visiting after dusk please bring a torch for the walk from the car park up to the castle.
- The interactive storyteller will take you through the castle; there are steps, steep slopes, and uneven paths. There is wheelchair access to the outer bailey only.
- Tudor Storytelling at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. When the castle is open for Winterlights until 7pm storytelling will continue at 4.45pm, 5pm, 6pm and 6.15pm. Please note: storytelling involves walking through the castle grounds up to higher levels - suitable footwear for uneven ground recommended.
|9 December 2017||10:00 - 19:00||Available|
|10 December 2017||10:00 - 16:00||Available|
|11 December 2017||10:00 - 16:00||Available|
|12 December 2017||10:00 - 16:00||Available|
|13 December 2017||10:00 - 16:00||Available|
|14 December 2017||10:00 - 16:00||Available|
|15 December 2017||10:00 - 19:00||Available|
|16 December 2017||10:00 - 19:00||Available|
|17 December 2017||10:00 - 16:00||Available|
|18 December 2017||10:00 - 19:00||Available|
|19 December 2017||10:00 - 19:00||Available|
|20 December 2017||10:00 - 19:00||Available|
|21 December 2017||10:00 - 16:00||Available|
|22 December 2017||10:00 - 19:00||Available|
|23 December 2017||10:00 - 19:00||Available|
|27 December 2017||10:00 - 19:00||Available|
|28 December 2017||10:00 - 19:00||Available|
|29 December 2017||10:00 - 19:00||Available|
|30 December 2017||10:00 - 19:00||Available|
|31 December 2017||10:00 - 16:00||Available|