Warwick Castle – The Must Visit Attraction Outside London!
Sitting on a bend on the River Avon in Warwick, this magnificent castle is rich in history which stretches back, almost 1,100 years.
Originally built as a ‘burh’ to protect the small hill top settlement from Danish invaders, the castle has changed tremendously over the centuries and has now become one of the UK’s popular attractions.
Experience life in Britain’s Ultimate Castle from mediaeval battle to the splendour of the Georgian State Rooms. Meet Henry VIII and his wives, witness a State Banquet with the Queen and re-live the preparations for battle in Kingmaker.
Exploring the castle
The East Front
Marvel at the Castle’s mighty defensive towers and ramparts including the gatehouse portcullis.
In this award winning multi-sensory experience smell the fear as you journey back to 1471 and the eve of the Battle of Barnet. Experience the sights and smells of the Castle preparing for battle. For more battle and warfare visit Dream of Battle.
Great Hall and State Rooms
Witness the Castle’s splendid Great Hall and adjoining State Rooms which have been restored to their 17th Century
elegance. Retaining portions of the mediaeval castle of the 14th century, the State Rooms have been extended, altered and embellished during virtually every Century since to lavishly entertain the noblest of guests and to display the family’s most prestigious possessions. Don’t miss the Chapel and State Dining Room.
Secrets and Scandals
You are invited to the Royal Weekend Party of 1898 at which Daisy, Countess of Warwick entertains her powerful friends including the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Devonshire, Winston Churchill and the future George V. Explore life both upstairs and downstairs in a Victorian household.
Grounds and Gardens
Explore the gardens surrounding the Castle including the Victorian Rose Garden and Peacock Garden complete
with the Castle’s own Peacocks. Wander in the Pageant Field and admire Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s first solo commission. Although there have been many changes since Brown’s time, the overall layout, with its vistas, mounds and copses is his, a living work of art.
First built in 1068 on the orders of William the Conqueror, the Mound formed the most important part of the
Norman castle’s defence system. Today it is the perfect vantage point, not for defending against marauding English
troops, but for taking in the beautiful unfolding views of these peaceful grounds.
With a fortress like environment set amongst the most picturesque grounds in Warwickshire, the Pageant Playground is the ultimate play zone for little knights and princesses. Children can let off steam amongst its various ropes, swings, nets, tubes, ramps, spiral slides, high level walkways and rock climbing fences. Even toddlers haven’t been forgotten as it includes a mini playground.
Towers and Ramparts
Climb to the top of Guy’s and Caesar’s towers on the rampart trail. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Castle and town and experience the finest in 14th Century military architecture.
Experience the Warwick Castle Trebuchet, the World’s largest mediaeval siege machine. The Trebuchet fires daily
(Easter to Halloween) in a jaw dropping live action spectacle on the banks of the River Avon against the stunning backdrop of the Castle.
Meet the Falconer
Meet our resident Falconer and the Castle’s very own Birds of Prey including some of the largest birds in the UK. Guests have the opportunity to marvel at the hunting skills of the birds and learn about their role in Castle life. See page 15 for details of our birds of prey experiences.
Seasonal Shows and Entertainment
Throughout the year spectacular events and expert demonstrations, from archery to jousting and battle re-enactments, bring any group visit to life. During the summer months the Castle is home to music concerts such as The Great British Proms and Olly Murs to outdoor events whilst at Halloween we celebrate our eerie history in the Haunted Castle.
There is so much to explore and do! Join one of these fantastic tours and experience the excitement and action this great castle has to offer.
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