Warwick Castle, England

This morning, July 16th 2016,we departed our lodgings in Stratford upon Avon and drove to nearby Warwick in central England.

Prime focus at Warwick was Warwick Castle which has a long and illustrious history dating back to 914 AD.

A Norman castle was built in 1068 subsequent to which Warwick proved an important power base resulting on the enlargement and embellishment of the building in line with the owner’s wealth and power the peak of which was probably achieved in the 15th century when Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick, earned the nickname ‘Warwick the Kingmaker’.

Queen Elizabeth I visited the castle in 1566 and 1572 whilst in 1642 the castle’s defenders saw off a siege by Royalists during the English Civil War.

In 1978 ownership of the castle transferred from private ownership by David Greville to an entertainments group and is now owned by Merlin Entertainments which has invested heavily in the site.

Warwick Castle is now a top ranking visitor attraction with emphasis on the medieval period. Key aspects include:

    • The Mound, the original motte and bailey defensive system.
    • Gatehouse and Barbican.
    • Caesar’s Tower.
    • The Gaol.
    • Bear and Clarence Towers.
    • Great Hall.
    • Indoor apartments including the Green Drawing Room and State Dining Room.
    • Rose Garden
    • Conservatory.
    • Pageant Field.
    • Mill & Engine House.
    • Trebuchet
    • Castle Dungeon.

View of Warwick from Warwick Castle

River Avon at Warwick Castle, England

Warwick Castle. England

Archery demonstration at Warwick Castle, England.

Warwick, England

Warwick, England

Warwick, England

Video clip of Trebuchet being fired.

The (seven day) tour concluded mid-afternoon with guests transferring to local rail stations for onward journeys.

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