Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle
Photo by: pjs 2005

Warwick Castle remains one of the UK’s biggest tourist attractions. “Britain’s Ultimate Castle” is an experience never to be missed, whether visiting the UK from overseas or doing a family day out, there is fun and history to be experienced all in one.

The castle’s history is a rich and bloody one. First built in 914AD to protect the local town of Warwick from Danish invaders, the castle has been seized, inherited and reconstructed several times. Finally in 1978 the seventh Greville Earl, Charles Guy, sold the castle over to Tussauds group, and it has been used as a tourist attraction ever since continually opening new attractions all the time.

The castle grounds are split into several different themes, including Merlin: The Dragon Tower, an attraction added in 2011 based on the popular BBC series of the young Arthurian legend Merlin. The creepy castle dungeons will send shivers down your spine with exhibits of decaying bodies, torture instruments and the ominous chanting of monks. Perhaps afterwards, calming down with a relaxing stroll around the gardens and the castle grounds, will settle your nerves. Explore the newly restored rose garden, done to the style of Lancelot “Capability” Brown; the castle’s first appointed gardener and landscaper. Experience medieval life first hand with the Kingmaker as you prepare for battle, or find out what it really takes to be a princess in the Princess Tower, or perhaps you fancy yourself something with a bit of grandeur through exploring the Grand Hall and the State Rooms.

If you’re travelling from afar, you can stay in the on-site hotel from as little as £30ppn! However there is of course plenty of warm and welcoming accommodation to be found in Warwick itself. The Tudor Inn will continue your medieval themed trip perfectly. This 600 year old inn is full of character and guests really enjoy the traditional feel of it, including the modern comforts of good showers and comfortable beds. Rooms start at £90 a night for a single and £150 for a double.