We visited this as an excursion on a river cruise, with a guide. The guide was very helpful (they usually are and can bring a place to life). It is a large place, and in good condition. The defense system they had was good - gates, then a dry moat, then huge walls, with cannons pointing to where intrudes would try to enter. So effective that it was never overtaken. On the other hand, it wasn't that hard to siege, and the English merely waited them out til supplies ran out. One word of caution if you have kids, the walls to the moat are tall and straight down, and there are no railings or warnings. It would be easy to fall over and down 40 feet. The lack of railings adds to the authentic feel, but in the US there would probably be an OSHA issue!
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