Members of CSSC benefit from a great range of discounted and free days out and shopping vouchers.
After withstanding two sieges during the Civil War, only the Southwest Gatehouse and parts of the castle, including the Great Tower and the North Range, now survive. Loved by Sir Walter Ralegh, he leased the castle but when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for marrying one of Queen Elizabeth I's maids of honour without her permission, it was then leased out but remained a favourite home of the famous explorer. The castle grounds are a haven for wildlife and birds and it is an ideal spot for a picnic where you can take in the beautiful views across the surrounding countryside. Keep an eye out for 'Lady Betty's Pinks' during July and August, named after Sir Walter Ralegh's wife, Elizabeth, flowering throughout the grounds.
- Present your CSSC membership card along with photo ID to gain free entry to participating sites.
Our partner may have limited internet coverage, so tap on your digicard before setting off. It will stay live on your phone for three days.
- Free entry includes yourself, one other adult and accompanying children (max. 6 under the age of 18)
- Click here for a list of sites where parking charges apply