by Anura Guruge
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It was good, in the end I would even say ‘very good’. Definitely exceeded my expectations. The dining room recreation blew me and Teischan away. That was impressive. The kitchen had been good (though the eggs were outlandishly big), Mr. Carson’s pantry evocative and the costumes quite exquisite. But, to us it was the dining room that stole the show and made it truly memorable.
It was well done. Kudos for those that pulled this off. This required a lot of planning, imagination, creativity, hard work, graft and funds. Not sure how long it took them to get all the ducks lined up.
I knew better than to go on a weekend. I gather last weekend was packed and that they had 3,000 people go through it, with 1,700 on Sunday. The mind boggles.
I had picked the 1:30pm timeslot on Monday, August 26, 2019. It was still busier than I anticipated. But, not bad. At the start, when we were all in the main, static display area it was a bit crowded. But, then we all fanned away into different exhibit areas. It was good. We enjoyed it.
The Castle — a real 19th century castle at that was impressive. It was hard to find! We walked by it without realizing that it was the venue.
If you like ‘Downton‘ you should go. The $35 (or $33 if you are a senior like I) isn’t too bad — but I realize that it is all relative. Kids under 14 are FREE. That said, other than Teischan there wsa only one other kid, a young boy of say 4. He was not impressed or happy. Teischan, a ‘Downton‘ aficionado loved it. That made me happy.
We bought $80 (I think) of souvenirs. Prices were what you would expect. Some, like the pens and pencils, were decent.
So, all-in-all, good experience. We enjoyed it.
by Anura Guruge