Warwick Castle: A Historic Medieval Adventureland
Warwick Castle brings history alive to its visitors with many exciting and interactive exhibits and attractions. Guests can tour the opulent castle interiors, explore the dungeons where live actors and special effects bring gory tales to life, experience what preparing for medieval battle was like during the days of Warwick the Kingmaker, join the Countess of Warwick (in mannequin form) to see a Victorian high society weekend at the castle, participate in numerous children’s activities including a Princess Tower fairy tale, climb the towers and ramparts, and take part in a multimedia journey through 1,100 years of history. There’s something for everyone in the entire family at Warwick Castle.
Warwick Castle also has some incredible siege weapons on display including this ballista, a large catapult used for firing arrows or stones. Even more impressive is Warwick Castle’s trebuchet, which is the largest reconstructed siege weapon in the world. Trebuchets were designed to hurl giant projectiles at castle walls to attempt to demolish them, or at least to make holes large enough to allow foot soldiers to storm the fortress. Large rocks and stones were the usual projectiles of choice, but dead animals and manure were also used in the hopes of spreading disease among the besieged garrison and forcing them to surrender. If you visit Warwick Castle, you can see a trained crew fire the giant trebuchet, from a safe distance of course. Believe me, it’s a site not to be missed!
During your visit, you can also tour the extensive gardens, including, my favorite, the peacock garden! Although formal gardens have existed at Warwick Castle since at least 1576, when Queen Elizabeth I visited, the famous peacock garden was designed by the Victorian landscape gardener Robert Marnock. The castle has over 20 peacocks wandering the gardens, bearing their name, among manicured hedges, fountains, ponds, and topiary peacock sculpture. Explore this and over 64 acres of landscaped grounds at Warwick Castle.
Warwick Castle is located just 40 minutes, by car or rail, outside of Birmingham, U.K. Click on the map below for specific directions.