Warwick Castle is one of the best known medieval castles
in England. It is located in Warwick, and was built in 1068.
Warwick Castle Highlights
Warwick Castle is owned by the Tussaud's Group and is a very popular tourist
attraction. Although the castle can get quite crowded with tourists, there is a lot to see and do
and is well worth the visit. In fact if you are in England and have a chance to visit only one
castle, it should be either Warwick or the Tower of London.
After getting your ticket, you will walk through the old stable houses which are
now gift shops and see the castle for the first time. In front of you on the Northeast corner of
the castle is Guy's Tower. The tower was built in the 14th century and stands 39 meters high. You
can walk the ramparts and go to the top of Guy's Tower for a great view of the rest of the
Making your way around the castle to the left, you will pass by the Victorian
Rose Garden and come to Warwick Castle's main entrance, the gatehouse and barbican. Warwick's
entryway is very strong and boasts two sets of portcullis, both protected with murder-holes from
above. There is also a dry moat below the gatehouse which is now crossed by a stone bridge instead
of the drawbridge that was here prior to the 17th century.
The tower to the left of the gatehouse is called Caesar's Tower. This tower is
considered a masterpiece of 14th century military architecture. The tower has 3 levels not
including the dungeon below the tower and rises 44.8 meters from the river. Caesar's Tower is
topped by a platform which has a crenellated and machicolated parapet. Behind the parapet is
another level containing a guard house for the archers.
Warwick Castle Visitor Information
Inside the castle itself, you'll find lots of exhibits including the dungeon,
the Ghost Tower, the Armory, the state rooms, gift shops, and restaurants.
The two highlights of the interior castle exhibits are; "Kingmaker" which walks
you through the story of Richard Neville, the Kingmaker who helped chart the course of some of
England's Kings, and the Great Hall which contains over 1,000 pieces of arms and armor.
Warwick also provides daily events in and around the
castle which change frequently. They include jousting, archery, battle re-enactments, falconry,
etc. Be sure to visit their website to see the calendar of events before you go so you know what's
on that day.
Warwick Castle is an all day attraction, but save some time to leave the
castle grounds and go through town to the bridge that crosses the River Avon.
You will get the best view of the castle from the bridge. You can park to the
left over the bridge and rent a little boat to travel up the Avon to get a closer look.
Also, the ruins of Kenilworth Castle are just a short drive North of Warwick and
is much less crowded if you have an hour or two left to fill.
Opening times and tickets:
Warwick Castle is open to the public everyday except
Christmas Day. Visit the official website for more information and tickets.
Gift shops, audio tours, a restaurant, and many events throughout the year are
available at the castle.
It is located in the town of Warwick, England. There is a sign
posted from Junction 15 off the M40.
Warwick Castle Map&Location
Warwick Castle is located at the following address: Castle Lane, Warwick CV34
4QU, United Kingdom. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:
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