One grey June day, we were visiting my mother-in-law in Bath, and decided to take her for a trip out into the surrounding countryside. We always like to use our English Heritage membership to take in a castle or two, and this looked like a fine example not too far away.
We don't always take advantage of the audio tours at these sites (even though it's included with the ticket), but for some reason we did this time, and it was a great way to get a feel for the things which had happened here. And there was certainly some gruesome history, from the woman who murdered her husband to the man who locked his wife in the tower (not a lot of happy marriages in this story).
An artist's impression of how it would have looked before it was ruined:
While the castle itself was lovely, the best-preserved and most interesting part was the church on site, with ancient wall paintings, extravagant tombs, and a crypt with lead coffins. I really thought I was going to be sick when the audio guide said that someone had stuck a stick into one of the lead coffins to taste the embalming fluid!