Destination Friday: Warwick Castle

February 29, 2008 at 1:04 pm 4 comments

When visiting in 2005, I gave my husband several options for a day trip.  His request was that he wanted to see a really good castle (in addition to Windsor).  I figured that ruled out Brighton Palace, I decided Leeds might appeal more to girls, and I wanted to go somewhere I hadn’t been before.  In prowling the TripAdvisor forums, I learned about Warwick Castle.

 

Images from Luxury Vacations and UK Student Life.

Getting There
We grabbed a train from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill (1 hr 45 mins).  We timed the ride so that we picked up lunch at the train station and ate on the way there.  The time also gave us time to catch up in the travel journal and chat about what we’d enjoyed so far and what we were looking forward to.  Once we arrived, we had a bit of a walk to the castle – about a mile.  If you DIY, be prepared.  It’s not a tough walk – it just might be frustrating to get off the train and not be at the castle within 5 minutes. If this doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, you can travel in by bus through one of the tour companies.

What to Do/See
The castle: There are several parts of the castle to explore.  The main section holds a good display of furniture, swords, and suits of armor.  Another section is set up for a party in 1898 – and one of the guests is a young Winston Churchill!  There’s a portion of the castle about the Earl of Warwick, who was very active in attempting to dictate who would be king in the mid 1400s.  I think Jason’s favorite part was the dungeon and torture chamber – totally creepy.  It’s also fun to climb a tower or two and walk on the walls.

Conservatory & Peacock Garden: Walking around the Peacock Garden was one of my favorite things about the visit.  They have neat peacock shaped topiaries and beautiful peacocks just wandering around.  This is fun year round.

Victorian Rose Garden: Since we visited in March, it was still too cool for the roses.  Regardless, this formal garden was still neat to check out.

Mill & Engine House: These have been restored, and it’s interesting to learn about the arrival of electricity to the castle in 1900. 

River & Island: Downstream from the mill, there’s a bridge across the Avon River and onto a little island.  It’s pretty, and I remember ducks swimming about adorably.

Check out what’s on before you go.  We saw a really cool birds of prey show there, and it looks like it’s back as “Winged Warriors.”  If you love ghosts, they have a special Ghosts Alive program.  You might also consider attending a dinner event.

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Entry filed under: CenturyClub, Destinations, Europe, UK.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kay T  |  February 29, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Hi, I came here from the Cruise Critic site. Looks great. I have not had time to explore too much but it is a fun concept! I just put a toe in the water with a blog that I am using to organize a mediterranean cruise: .

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  • 2. Anonymous  |  March 1, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    LOVE it! Check out my updates with new pics of Cameron!

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  • 3. Honeymoon in London — Elizabeth Anne Designs  |  May 14, 2008 at 8:16 am

    […] out Feisty Tourist’s blog for more amazing tips on destinations such as Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick Castle, Leeds Castle, Windsor, Stonehenge, and Salisbury, Brighton, Greenwich, and […]

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  • 4. Brad  |  February 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Enjoy Warwick loads too! We also did all the Shakesphere houses too in next door stratford upon avon. You really need 3 days in the area to enjoy.

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