Fodor's Expert Review Eastnor Castle
Completed in 1820, Eastnor Castle, a turreted Norman-revival extravaganza on the eastern outskirts of Ledbury, includes some magnificent neo-Gothic salons designed by 19th-century architect Augustus Pugin. The Hervey-Bathurst family has restored other grand rooms, full of tapestries, gilt-framed paintings, Regency chandeliers, old armchairs, and enormous sofas, making Eastnor a must-see for lovers of English interior decoration. In the Little Library, look out for the rare game of Life Pool, originally played on the billiards table. Within the grounds, there is a knight’s maze and adventure playground to keep kids amused. Opening days vary throughout the season; check the website in advance before you visit. There is also a campsite and two cottages within the castle’s deer park, if you'd like to stay the night.