Warwick Castle – Castle Review

Built:  1068

Location: Warwick CV34 4QU

History: Warwick Castle  is a medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, England, situated on a bend of the River Avon. The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. During the Hundred Years War, the facade opposite the town was refortified, resulting in one of the most recognisable examples of 14th century military architecture. It was used as a stronghold until the early 17th century, when it was granted to Sir Fulke Grevilleby James I in 1604. Greville converted it to a country house and it was owned by the Greville family, who became Earls of Warwick in 1759, until 1978 when it was bought by the Tussauds Group. In 2007, the Tussauds Group merged with Merlin Entertainments, which is the current owner of Warwick Castle.

Review: I first visited this castle when I was still at my junior school and the main thing that I remember was how huge the place was. It was a great school trip to be honest.

Since that school trip, I’ve always just thought of how amazing this castle is. But when I went back to it this summer, I was kind of disappointed.

It wasn’t the big, impressive castle that I remember. Instead it lacked the first impression that I had perceived when I was 11 or something.

The other thing which I forgot, until the car had been parked, was how many people turn up to this castle. Honestly, this is a huge tourist attraction. If you want to visit castles  because you like ruins then this probably isn’t the place for you.

I mean, sure. there is still a castle to visit and it’s definitely worthwhile doing. But if you want a nice quiet and easy trip out, then this probably isn’t for you.

This castle is perfect for a family outing and it is good fun. This was the first ever castle that my boyfriend has been to and it did get him hooked. So maybe, if you want your kids to fall in love with castles then this castle is a good place to start.

I mainly have two problems with this castle though. The first is the fact that there are too many people (as I much prefer to explore a castle in a quiet environment), and second is that there is quite a long walk from the car park to the castle. Now the walk wasn’t that big a deal, but if you can’t walk very far, then you are going to miss out on the castle. I think there might be ways around this, but thats something which you would have to look up yourselves.

Still I did have a fun time there and my boyfriend definitely enjoyed himself (I finally have him wanting to visit more castles now, so I’m happy with that). But there is definitely a different atmosphere about this castle than other ruins.

One thing to remember is that this castle is more expensive than most. So if you are going with a big family, just be prepared to spend a lot. (One way to save money, is to make sure you bring your own food and water. Buying stuff inside the castles walls might bankrupt you. . .  just saying).

But believe me there is a good reason for why the tickets are so expensive and that is because there is plenty to do, and I would strongly suggest that this place is perfect for kids. It’s not just a castle. You have all the exhibits and all the extra events that are hosted there.

You might be lucky to watch a joust or knights fighting. From what I could tell there is always something going on particularly during the summer holidays (not sure about the winter time when its cold).

If you want the feeling of being lost in history then I don’t think that this is the castle for you, because it’s not the same as exploring a ruin. However, this is the place to go to with your family and you’ll easily spend an amazing day there.

 

Feature picture taken from https://www.warwick-castle.com/plan/plan-a-visit.aspx

History taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwick_Castle

 

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