Such a large site and free to visit. Great picnic area in summer and lots still standing. Worth a day exploring and looking up its history. But the ruins of the palace gives it its true romantic appeal.  Spacious and uncrowded the site leaves the impression of genuine historic documentation. Ancient ruins from the 12th century. The palace was badly damaged in the Civil War (1642–9) and subsequently abandoned. A good historical landmark, worthwhile visiting and learning more about the history of the town. One of Britain’s most distinguished naval commanders of modern times, lived here after the Second World War.