Warwick Castle

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  • Famous Medieval Castle and Stately Home in Warwick
  • Founded in 1068 as a Mott and Bailey by William the Conqueror
  • Escaped damage in the English Civil War (unlike nearby Kenilworth Castle)
  • Interior refurbished in Victorian era
  • Situated on a cliff overlooking the River Avon
  • 60 acres of grounds landscaped by Capability Brown
  • Victorian Rose Garden (best visited in late June and July)
  • Peacock garden
  • Conservatory
  • Formal gardens
  • Jousting, Birds of Prey display, Archery, Trebuchet on “River Island” in front of the castle
  • Water powered mill
  • Various kinds of historical guided tours available
  • Lots of “tableaux” with Tussaud wax figures in costume
  • Castle Dungeon show. 50 minutes with live actors (additional price)
  • Admission: £19 in season. £13 between 2nd November - 31st March
  • Stay overnight in “Knight's Village”: “Medieval Glamping” in the grounds
  • Open from 10am to 4pm on week days and 10am to 5pm on week ends.
  • The town of Warwick should be visited separately – the castle is a full day out.)
  • Chris' reviewafter talking to dozens of customers who have visited: Very entertaining, full day out. A little bit expensive and you have to pay extra for separate attractions like the dungeon experience for example. All my customers thoroughly enjoyed their day out.
  • Tickets are 30% cheaper if booked in advance online:

  • Warwick Castle seen from the river Avon

Trebuchet factoids

  • 18 metres (59ft) tall, weights 22 tonnes. Placed on River Island in front of the river side of the castle. Takes 8 men half an hour to load. 4 men run in 4 metre (13ft) treadmills on each side to lift the counterweight which weigh 6 tonnes. Can hurl projectiles weighing up to 150 kilos, up to 300 metres and as high as 25 metres.
  • The traction trebuchet (launched by men pulling ropes in unison) appeared in China in the 4th century. It spread westwards and was used by the Byzantines in the 6th century. The counterweight (Warwick Castle) trebuchet, first made its appearance in both Christian and Muslim lands around the Mediterranean in the 12th century. The projectile was typically a large stone but other options included incendiaries, debris or even corpses.

Warwick Castle factoids

  • From wikipedia: ...Over its 950 years of history Warwick Castle has been owned by 36 different individuals, plus four periods as crown property under seven different monarchs. It was the family seat of three separate creations of the Earls of Warwick, and has been a family home for members of the Beaumont, Beauchamp, Neville, Plantagenet, Dudley and Greville families. The first creation of the Earldom specifically included the right of inheritance through the female line, so the castle three times had a woman (or girl) as the owner. Eleven of the owners were under 20 when they inherited, including a girl aged two and a boy aged three. At least three owners died in battle, two were executed and one murdered. Every century except the 21st has seen major building work or adaptations at the castle....”

  • View from Mill Garden
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