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Experience an award winning visit to Britain’s Ultimate Castle. We will immerse you in over 1000 years of jaw-dropping history, come rain or shine. Where ancient myths and spell binding tales will set your imagination alight and your hair on end.
Witness castle life for yourself from mediaeval battle to the splendour of the Georgian State Rooms. Meet Henry VIII and his wives, witness a State Banquet with the Queen and re-live the preparations for battle in Kingmaker.
- The East Front – Marvel at the Castle’s mighty defensive towers and ramparts including the gatehouse portcullis
- The Great Hall and State Rooms – Fully restored to their 17th Century elegance and home to the Castle’s most prized artefacts
- Secrets and Scandals of the Royal Weekend Party – Experience life, upstairs and downstairs, in a Victorian household.
- The Mound – Explore the trial to the top of the oldest part of the Castle with splendid views of the Castle and grounds
- Kingmaker – Experience the sights and smells of 15th Century battle Gardens – Relax in stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped gardens on the banks of the River Avon
Four ancient rooms are being opened for the first time – Barbican Battlements & Captain’s Room; a recently-unearthed bear pit in Bear Tower which was constructed during Richard III’s reign; Watergate Tower; and The Guards’ Room in Guy’s Tower – will excite and delight visitors of all ages and unlock defining chapters in the Warwick Castle story to reveal tales of battle, siege, murder, power struggles and hauntings.
Visitors will have the chance to seek a shy ghost, explore a deadly bear’s lair and smell foul mediaeval sludge from Saturday 16 February, when the four rooms open for the first time.
Barbican Battlements – The Fourteenth Century: Visitors will see and smell this ancient room - never before open to visitors - readied for mediaeval battle. Built in the reign of Edward III to protect the entrance to the Castle, the Barbican Battlements over the Portcullis include deadly murder holes through which boiling tar and human waste were poured on attacking forces.
Bear Tower – The Fifteenth Century: The county of Warwickshire and the heraldic crest of the Earls of Warwick are represented by a Bear and Ragged Staff, symbols whose history can be traced back to Warwick Castle including the keeping of a bear on site in the fifteenth century. In heraldry, a bear represents courage – but who is brave enough to venture into the never-seen-before Tower with its recently unearthed bear pit?
Watergate Tower – The Sixteenth Century: Reputedly haunted by the ghost of Sir Fulke Greville - playwright, poet, Member of Parliament…and victim of a gruesome murder - the Watergate Tower tells the tale of a notable life brought short by a disloyal, dagger-wielding servant. Fulke’s restless spirit is said to roam the tower – just one reason few people in living memory have ventured inside.
Guards’ Room – The Seventeenth Century: In 1642, during the Civil War, Warwick Castle - a stronghold for Parliamentary forces under its owner, Robert Greville - was besieged by Royalists stationed at St Mary’s Church in Warwick. This Guards’ Room at the top of Guy’s Tower was remodelled to fire cannons rather than arrows: visitors can experience the musty, smoky living conditions endured by the guards as they awaited attack and bore the ultimately futile siege.
Warwick Castle is open every day (apart from Christmas Day) and offers fun for the entire family with its exciting daily shows* and engaging live-actor attractions, The Castle Dungeon; Merlin: The Dragon Tower; and The Princess Tower.
Daily shows include:
- Raising the Portcullis
- Flight of the Eagles Show
- The Sword and the Stone*
- Firing the Trebuchet*
- Warwick Warriors live combat*
- Actor-led Tours
* Some shows are seasonal
Orders can be placed by:
- sending a cheque to Staffordshire Police Federation Hearn Court, Rising Brook, Stafford ST17 9QN, (please enclose SAE to home address). Cheques should be made payable to Staffordshire Police Federation.
- telephone using debit/credit card on 01785 242215 (incurs a 3.5% charge).