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It was my volunteer day at the castle today and there were 200 Harley Davison bykers there all parked up on the top field near the castle entrance i took some pics if i cannot get them on here can some one help me to do it please if i e-mailed them to one of you could one of you do it for me please?, i will try my self but dont hold your breath lol

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I only wish you had posted them individually. 

A dream of mine there too Katy. I couldn't talk SWMBO into driving a Winibego with her and the kids in it behind though, Fraid it's gone for a good few years now!

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... The Germans apparently love to rent Harleys over here...

A few years back I met a guy in Florida who rented out Harleys - as noted, most often to Germans (lots of them in FL at that time due to the exchange rates). Anyhow, despite the very high rental rates, he told me the Germans were driving him out of business because everytime he rented to them, he would have to replace the clutch on the bike! The Germans are so used to riding high-revving bikes, they would slip the Harley clutch to get it moving - which rapidly wears them out!

I still have no idea what the attraction of Harleys is - 50 year old technology, low on power, make sure you have a good dental plan, and they have to put all those do-dads on 'em to make them look different! The cost of them is also extortionate next to a good Japanese, or even European, bike! Heck, my 30 year-old KZ (for which I paid $400) will run rings around a $20,000 Harley!

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It's just the "I don't want to go too fast, I want to be able to see the scenery, but want to look cool whilst I'm doing it routine" I'd much rather cruise along at 50 mph with SWMBO able to keep up rather than wanging off at 90/100 and having to wait every 10 miles for her to catch up.

There's also a lot to be said about the added comfort of a nice wide saddle when you're a bit "Broad in the beam" as I am!!

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Sorry Beefy, but "comfort" and "Harley" are not words that go well together. You will find that the "laid back" look becomes very uncomfortable after about 50 miles - and absolutely murders your back - also the foot position prevents you shifting your weight. Add in the fact they shake like the dickens and... I'll take my GTR1000 thank you - comfortable to cruise all day - and as happy at 30mph as it is at 80+ (better MPG too!)

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Damn , that means I'm going to have to drag out my old "Gold Wing" failing that it'll be the "Fire Blade" can't make up my mind which..................LOL

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On a recent visit to the 'Great City' we decided to go to the castle, as it has been many years since my last visit it was a surprise to find the freedom of just walking around freely had been replaced by a walled in walk with the history displayed on these partitions. Very interesting to anyone visiting for the first time and not knowing what it was like in 'The Olden Days'. I found it a little claustrophobic and as the air conditioning wasn't doing a very good job we had to find an exit door quickly.I wondered if we had come out to soon and missed the open rooms that i remember from my past. Has anyone been recently and would know if the rooms are still open to the public. We are looking forward to another visit, it was a pleasure walking around the gardens and to see the view from the Castle walls again. So many happy :) memories for me. :)

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dont know if its changed recently but it used to be free for city card owners but if you live in the county you have to pay as i say i have not been for the last couple of years but intend going when the weather is better emilyhope that helps you a little but i all so think they have a website that should give you more information and welcome to the site emily

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Bit of a change to the late 50s when I seem to remember it was free entry and about two bob to do the caves.

Five and a half quid or fifteen for a family seems a bit steep; especially if the cave tour is extra

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#6 Used to like taking my girlfriends there in the early 60s, because it was free. Sit under the trees on the benches, in the sunshine. What more would a girl want? I was a very romantic person in my early days, but cheap. Glad there were no Mac donalds around in those days. people waste too much time in those places now, they don't really get out and experience the real world as we used to do. I actually miss the castle, would love to go back one day. Things are changing so much now, place want money for everything. Gone are the days of a cheap day out.

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I find it incredible that they charge so much to get into the castle,does that include afternoon tea with the 'Lord Mayor'?

The last time I went,it was a penny to go through the turnstile.

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I think Wollaton Hall is still free, but the industrial museum isn't. It is a couple of quid I believe , but very informative .

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