Picton Castle and Gardens
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- Free entry with National Art Pass.
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Picton Castle is a rare 13th-century castle with a series of elegant Georgian interiors
The castle was built in the 13th century by Sir John Wogan, and it is still used by his descendants, the Philipps family. From the outside, the building looks like a condensed version of an Edwardian castle, but once you are past the entrance you discover that it instead of the expected inner courtyard and keep it has a series of elegant Georgian rooms more typical of a stately home.
Sir John Philipps, the sixth baronet, remodelled the interior of the castle in 1749-52, completely redecorating the house above basement level, adding new plasterwork, panelling, and sash windows and at least four marbled fireplaces. A Regency wing was added some years later.
A stroll through the grounds reveals 40 acres of woodland gardens famous for their azalea and rhododendron displays and profusion of wild flowers. Children will love the maze and play area, while adults will enjoy the tapas at Maria’s Courtyard Restaurant. Books, games and toys are on sale in the shop, and you can take home your own piece of the gardens by buying plant from the nursery. Picton's two galleries host art and crafts shows through the summer months.