Remember this place in particular in the house? Yep, the area that was a pleasant place to relax in the house before the Sanctuary came along. Not only has it ruined this part of the house for the time-being, it seems over recent years it's leading to the rest of the Towers being closed more and more often. It's very likely that it's just up to AT how often they open the ruins but I've sent this email to English Heritage anyway just to find out if everything is above board. "Hello there. I have a query that I hope you can give me some factual direction with. Alton Towers (theme park) is obviously a place where people have to pay to enter. I also understand that English Heritage has been, and is, involved in some restoration projects in conjunction with Alton Towers with regards to the ruins of the stately home and the gardens. My query is with regards to whether there is an expected period that the accessible parts of the stately home ruins should be open to the paying public during the theme park's open season? To explain my point further, going back around 6 years, for example, the mansion's (accessible) ruins were open for the whole of the open season at Alton Towers from around April to November for visitors to explore and enjoy. However, several years ago, Alton Towers opened a new paid for Halloween attraction (The Sanctuary) that would take up part of a formerly accessible part of the house for a couple of months each year. However, this attraction also led to the rest of the house being closed to other visitors during this period who had no interest in the Halloween attraction. The worst thing generally is that the part of the house taken up by this attraction has now been permanently inaccessible since it opened and it is one of the nicer places in the house and had received some good restoration prior to the Halloween takeover. I genuinely wonder if there has been any damage to this part of the house during the last few years. Adding to this, now, year on year, the time that the ruins as a whole is open seems to be getting less and less. For example, they are currently closed and we are nowhere near Halloween. As I say, my main query is whether there is an expectation for any parts of the ruins to be accessible for a reasonable amount of time each year. Or is it simply up to Alton Towers to decide that accessible and safe parts of the listed stately home can just be closed permanently to paying visitors? I would welcome any feedback or further relevant contact information. Best Regards, Adam." I'll share any info on here if I get a reply. There are enough attractions shut already without them closing off the house and parts of the gardens (havn't even started on that yet).