of the top ten most visited attractions in the UK, Warwick Castle pitches itself
at Britain's 'greatest Medieval experience'.
Built on the orders of William
the Conqueror in 1068, two years after he invaded England, the castle was home
to all the Earls of Warwick until it was purchased by the Tussaud Group, who own
A visit to the castle will almost certainly include living history
displays such as jousting tournaments featuring the Devil's Horseman, whose film
credits include Braveheart, Tomb Raider and Troy.
Also on offer are archery
displays, jesters and musicians playing traditional instruments, plus the world's
biggest siege machine shooting twice daily from April to October.
fans can indulge themselves in the back story of the castle, from the cast iron
portcullis to the dungeon and armoury, where a number of old weapons are displayed.
There are also the beautiful state rooms to explore and a waxwork exhibit
"The Royal Weekend Party," depicting a typical event once held at the
castle in days gone by.
There are also waxworks of all the Earls who lived
here, including Richard Neville, or the "Kingmaker," who helped remove
kings Henry the Sixth and Edward the Fourth.
There's also lots to see in
the grounds, including the Victorian Rose Garden and the Mill and Engine House,
where a giant waterwheel was used to generate power before mains electricity was
introduced in 1940.
The vast gardens were landscaped in 1753 by 'Capability'
Brown, a famous garden designer who created the gardens at Blenheim Palace.
lovers will enjoy the Peacock Garden, with its beautiful topiary and several real
peacocks wandering around, and the Conservatory, built in 1786, which houses a
selection of exotic plants.
Children will love the story of Sir Fulke Greville,
who is said to haunt the tower of the castle bequeathed to him by James the First
in 1604, after he was killed by one of his servants.
This gory story is
the theme of the Ghosts Alive exhibition.