This is the quintassencial English castle. Built in 1180, it has been artfully renovated ny English Heritage. Between 2007 and 2009, English Heritage spent £2.45 million on recreating the castle's interior, and the furnishings look much like they did in the 12th. century. One can only imagine how dank and dark this place was before central heating and electric lighting. The steep stone steps are hard on the less agile and we wonder why English Heritage didn't spend a few more pounds to install an elevator for the five floor haul up to the roof.
After visiting the castle, we continue to the secret war tunnels dug under the cliffs below. There are over three miles of these tunnels going deep down into the chalky cliffs, some still unexplored and still closed to the public. We are guided through the principal passageways, which include a re-creation of the evacuation of the Allied armies from Dunkirk in May 1940, and naturally we end up in the underground gift shop and café!
All in all, it's well worth the somewhat hefty charge (the tunnels are included in the price).
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