After the princess tower, Trek decided that he needed a testosterone rush (the pink rooms of the princess tower were getting to him) so we went behind the castle to watch the trebuchet show. They had the largest working trebuchet in Europe. It was AWESOME!! Living with 3 little princesses all the time, it's not often I get to sit around & watch a huge GUN shoot a giant ball in the air & across the field. It was SO COOL! They pulled the level all the way to the ground & loaded it with a 500 KG ball. It launched the ammo high into the air & when it hit the ground it literally dug a trench where it landed. Trek & I LOVED this!
The castle was HUGE. From the backside you could see the main side of the castle where the state rooms were located. It was beautiful from the outside.
On our walk back to the inner grounds, we ran into a falcon trainer & met his little falcon. We followed him to the center grounds where he put on a bird show for everyone.
While the kids watched the bird show with Mimi & Baba, Trek & I took a quick tour of the state rooms. They were GORGEOUS! The rooms were huge compared to some of the other castles we've visited so far.
My favorite room was the room dedicated to Henry the VIII. There were dummies of Henry the VIII & his 6 wives inside the room. I especially loved the plaque that "described" the room:
"Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived!"
After the tour & the bird show, we found a neat little restaurant inside the castle to eat lunch. It was by far the best restaurant we ate at our entire England trip. I couldn't believe what they fed us. We paid 20 pounds for enough plates of food to feed our entire family (which is about the same cost as going to Taco Bell on base out here). Each plate was covered in carved ham & roast beef, roasted potatoes, boiled potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, parsnips, & yorkshire pudding (which is a bread that is baked in the shape of a cup & filled with gravy). And then the entire thing is covered in gravy. Oh it was SO SO SO good!