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Warwick Castle, Warwick

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In a country full of outstanding medieval fortresses, Warwick Castle is one of the most magnificent. Originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068, the castle today features imposing ramparts and towers looming over manicured green lawns and the Avon River. It also hosts a lively scene of historical interpreters reenacting medieval life. Check out the trebuchet, a giant catapult that interpreters have shot some 6,500 times since its introduction in 2005. Head down to the castle dungeon to meet a torturer, a judge, and the castle cook. Try to catch a free tour to learn about the defensive purposes of some of the castle's most prominent features. Exhibits and performances change constantly, so check the schedule before you visit. If you visit on a Saturday, consider staying into the evening for the extravagant Kingmaker's Medieval Banquet in the great hall. To visit Warwick Castle and get the most from your holiday in Warwick, create itinerary details personal to you using our Warwick vacation trip planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    We visited Warwick Castle as we had heard some great reviews. The Castle and it's history are impressive but the service and cost of entry left us disappointed. The catering is unfortunately below par...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    The castle itself is lovely and the events and shows they put on are lovely. The cafe and Afternoon Tea is appalling. We had one booked as part of a red letter day. We were horrified when we arrived f...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    The castle is great. The dungeon experience isn't very good and not worth the price. We found the actors were more rude and obnoxious rather than scary and making the experience fun. This is obviously...  more »
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  • Clean grounds with lots to see. Friendly staff. Watched bird show twice, it was so interesting. Archer was good, but needed a microphone. Lots of young kids, who were probably too young to fully enjoy the shows and history. Went on the interactive dungeon tour, which was entertaining. Lots of steps of you want to go up the towers. Definitely gave my legs a workout.
  • Must see and do! Laid back theme park. You can easily spend a day here. Children will definitely enjoy. Touch of history and attend the tours that they have every 1/2 to 1 hour. Bird of Prey show was a stand out.
  • We got an upgrade from a knights lodge to a kings lodge. We had a lovely view of the river. The accommodation was to a very high standard. Plenty of tea and coffee supplied plus a jug of milk offered and supplied. Breakfast was included with enough options for veggies. Staff were very helpful. Entrance to Warwick Castle is via a coded gate. We had a lovely time and would want to stay for longer next time as this is a great base to explore from.
  • Great fun for the family. Plenty of shows - the birds of prey show is fantastic - open spaces for the kids and local lodging inside the castle grounds if you want to spend the night. Great animation personnel, who constantly interact with visiting children and parents. The castle is in excellent condition - worth a visit! Food options could be better, though, so recommend bringing your own packed lunch.
  • Had a absolutely brilliant day with the Mrs. Second visit and it seemed like the first the thrill the joy and the history behind this castle is amazing. There are some new attractions that are worth a visit like the horrible histories maze however it gets 4 stars because most the attractions we wanted to visit was closed due to make maintanance which was not listed on their website when we booked the tickets.

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Where to stay in Warwick

Famous for its historical charm, Warwick offers a wide range of quality independent hotels and guesthouses located in the heart of town. Several large chain hotels are situated on the edge of town, just minutes from the picturesque countryside. For a quintessential Warwickshire experience, consider "country house" lodgings. Built in the Edwardian era and set on sprawling private grounds, the area's country houses offer modern conveniences in a setting steeped with old-world charm. You can enjoy private outdoor space with countryside views, located within easy reach of the town's historical castle.
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