Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Warwick Castle, Home of the Kingmaker

If you want to visit an iconic English castle, Warwick Castle is the place to be.  The massive stone structure you now see was first built in the 12th century and underwent upgrades and expansions until the 14th century. Now it stands as a historic monument and museum that gives visitors of all ages a glimpse into life at the castle over the centuries.
There is plenty to see and do around Warwick Castle.  During the summer, there are live demonstrations of everything from hawk handling to warfare.  At all times, there are waxwork displays of historic events, such as the “Kingmaker” highlighting the final hours of Richard Neville, the Kingmaker, before his death at the Battle of Barnet in 1471.  There are also displays of events much nearer our time, such as a royal dinner party which included a young Winston Churchill who lived at the castle for a time.  If you’re someone who likes the spooky or scary, there’s some of that too, though I’ll admit I’ve not visited these “attractions.” And, of course, there’s always someone in period costume.
Do I recommend the castle?  Yes, definitely.  Just be aware, it can be crowded, particularly during the summer months and into late September.  However, don’t let that discourage you.  The entry process is quick compared to many places I’ve visited in the United States and the castle is big enough to house all those people without overwhelming visitors.  So, as always, give yourself plenty of time to explore and just enjoy all that history.  Oh yeah, and have fun.

If you are lucky enough to have a B&B within walking distance, taking the Pedestrian's Way into the castle maybe the best and quickest route in (unless you're in a wheelchair) and it is quite lovely, too.

Warwick Castle in the morning sunrise

 The spookier side of things

The Royal Dinner Party
(Churchill is the young man to the right in the picture below)

Warwick Town from Guy's Tower (the tallest tower in the castle)

The Kingmaker, echoes of battle
The Great Hall
The Gardens
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  1. How cool! If I ever make it back "across the pond" I will definitely have to see this place!

  2. What awesome pictures! I thoroughly enjoyed this post! I am cancelling Weekend Link Up party for a season to spend more time with my family, but I'm following your blog and will be by from time to time to comment. Have a Merry Christmas!