Think 800 years of history, wonderful paintings, sculpture and a Japanese collection to whisk you across the world and then a dining room where the dinner plates let you eavesdrop into an dinner party where Nelson himself is arguing for a larger share of the spoils of a battle at St Vincent! This is a magical heritage attraction that must not be missed.
For Silver Travellers there are many nooks and crannies and steps, but there is a lift to reach all floors.
You can weave in and out of history in the timeline and find out what happen when Napoleon was imprisioned on a ship in the Bay. Drake captured 369 Spanish sailors during the Armada and they we kept in the Spanish Barn. Children will love to see the archaelogical finds such as knights in armour and hidden pictures of digs.
When the weather improves, the gardens will bloom and the Palm House is nice and cosy on cold days.
Finally, the location of the Abbey which turned into a country house, with its cafe promise a relaxed day for all ages to savour and enjoy this area that has been so important in English history for so long.