English Heritage have tarted up their reception area, and racked up the prices, but there were some interesting exhibits,
Roaring Meg, the only surviving ECW mortar used in the 1646 siege
Two gargoyles I don't remember from my 1997 visit.
The Norman keep
The castle seems to grow out of the rock
Some lovely Herefordshire/Monmouthshire countryside
George tries his hand at the mysterious art of gunnery.
After visiting the castle we went on to Westbury Court Gardens, a rare surviving example of a late 17c Dutch style water garden
A fine canal
Neptune reigns here (I am writing a paper on pagan imagery in 18c gardens, but may have to include this as he is 1690's)
I can just imagine Mr. Neville from the Draughtsman's Contract setting up his easel here.
The pavilion from the end of the long canal.
All in all a jolly day out mixing warfare and gardening.