If you are a history buff who loves old English history, then Warwick Castle should be one of the first castles you visit in England. This enchanting castle has been completely restored and is one of Britain’s finest examples of medieval architecture. If your children have always wanted to visit a real castle, then Warwick Castle will fit the task. This castle has remade a medieval household for everyone to enjoy. The castle also hosts Kingmaker feasts and Highwayman Suppers almost every Friday and Saturday. There are interactive characters dressed in period costumes that wander through Warwick Castle’s grounds. Visiting Warwick Castle is an opportunity to explore not only an architectural gem of medieval history but also the modern vibrant life of the country town of Warwickshire.
The town of Warwick was founded on the banks of the River Avon in 914 AD as a defense fortress against Danish invaders. It is built on a small hill which controlled the river valley and the river crossing the road to London and Stratford, Coventry and the salt way to Droitwich.
The town was Anglo-Saxon and was surrounded by a wall and a ditch. Within this relatively small area are many buildings of historic interest of which Warwick Castle is the most prevalent.
Warwick Castle has been inhabited continuously since the middle Ages and was the home of the Earls of Warwick. It is truly the most dramatic and complete medieval castle in the entire country. Because of Warwick Castle’s genuine historic value it has been featured in the BBC drama, Dangerfield, Pride and Prejudice, Tom Jones and Moll Flanders. The Castle was founded in 1068 on a natural cliff by William the Conqueror and has been rebuilt and updated many times. Today it contains castle ruins of the fourteenth century with one of the finest great houses in England.
There are two projecting towers which date back to the late fifteenth century. These were built as artillery platforms. There are still a few shell fragments encased in the brink of the towers from the reign of Henry II. The gatehouse itself is a remarkable building with a pair of towers rising above the doorway passage. The castle is contained within walls and several towers and is a truly powerful defended structure. Warwick Castle is complete with dungeons that contain exhibits showing early torture methods. The history and architecture of Warwick Castle is truly amazing and a very pleasant experience that you will never forget.
There is a peacock garden and areas where one can visit handicrafts of the medieval period. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and picnicking is available. There are wax figures within the castle depicting early medieval scenes. The rooms have been brought to life in historical ways that no one will forget. This 1000 year old castle is constantly providing live entertainment for every age to enjoy throughout the year.
Special exhibits and workshops are available at Warwick Castle and the castle is available for special parties and events. The Prince of Wales hosts a party here every year, as does the prime minister of Great Britain. The town of Warwickshire has plenty of historical venues for overnight accommodations and many delicious and charming medieval restaurants, as well as contemporary cafes and pubs. The cobblestone streets make for interesting explorations of the many unique craftsman shops and old pubs. There are camping and caravan parks available and there is a train straight from London.
This beautiful little town of Warwickshire with its Warwick Castle is a delight of the senses. It makes a perfect day trip from anywhere in Great Britain. Overnight visitors can enjoy Warwick Castle’s golf courses and other sports venues. If you want a special trip back into time then Warwick Castle is the answer you are looking for.