Warwick Castle, undoubtedly Merlin’s oldest attraction, is Britain’s Greatest Mediaeval Experience with fantastic themed attractions and a year-round programme of interactive entertainment.
Highlights include the world’s biggest siege machine, thrilling jousting tournaments, breathtaking birds of prey in Flight of the Eagles, daredevil knights, Dream of Battle and magical events. Warwick Castle guarantees a mighty day of mediaeval fun and it immerses visitors in castle life throughout the ages, from the murky middle ages and the gorgeous Georgians right through to what life was like at the castle in Victorian times.
You can see Richard Neville, Kingmaker and Earl of Warwick as he prepares his extensive household for the Battle of Barnet in 1471. You can find out how weapons were made, how armour was crafted and see what mediaeval life was really like through sights, sounds and smells! This isn’t history behind glass; you can get right up close and experience preparations for battle for yourself.
The Great Hall is the largest room in the castle and throughout history has been its heart. The Hall as it stands today was first constructed in the 14th century. It was rebuilt in the 17th century and then restored in 1871 after it had been badly damaged by a fire which swept through part of the castle.
Set against the wall is the magnificent Kenilworth buffet, made in oak by local craftsmen for the Great Exhibition of 1851. In the window is a huge cauldron known as 'Guy's Porridge Pot', named after the 10th Earl of Warwick. About 500 years old, it was used to cook stew for the castle's garrison of soldiers.
Retaining portions of the mediaeval Castle of the 14th Century, the State Rooms have been extended, altered and embellished during virtually every century since to lavishly entertain the noblest of guests, and to display the family's most prestigious possessions. As part of an ongoing restoration programme, you can now walk through most of the Rooms themselves and see our precious artefacts and treasures closer than ever before!
The unique Royal Weekend Party transports guests back to June 1898 and to the weekend party of the Marlborough House Set, and sets to unravel the sex, scandal and secrets of the Victorian elite, hosted by Castle beauty, Daisy, Countess of Warwick. Guests are introduced to the party by Warwick Castle’s chief butler and meet Lady Curzon, a good friend to the Countess. Visitors then tour the private chambers of the Prince of Wales and sees Daisy’s own quarters, where she changed into her most provocative outfits designed to seduced her lovers. The Castle’s loose-lipped servants are dotted around the house, spilling the beans on all the scandals of the day.
Warwick new favourite, The Castle Dungeon, will be open for business, inviting those with strong stomachs to travel back to the time. Warwick Castle has witnessed some of the darkest, bloodiest and most frightening times in history. This experience is set to echo part of the Castle's past, taking you back to 1345, when the town was gripped by the plague. In true Dungeon style, gore seekers will be greeted by decaying bodies, chanting monks, torture implements, execution and ‘the labyrinth of lost souls’ - a fantastic scary mirror maze.
The Princess Tower is home to Warwick Castle’s very own fairytale princess, Princess Arabella. Featuring beautiful interiors and decorations and finished with a good dose of pixie dust, the Princess Tower tells tales of preparations for a forthcoming Castle wedding.
Budding little knights and princesses help with the arrangements for the day, and may be lucky enough to try some princess outfits for themselves. Magic and delight can be found around every corner of the Tower, including classic fairytales such as The Princess and the Pea and The Frog Prince.
Good to know:
In a new approach to events, Warwick Castle gives you the complete flexibility, regardless of budget, to create a truly memorable occasion in one of Britain’s most stunning event venues.
So whether you would like to sip champagne in the Conservatory, have a fire-eater entertaining guests on the lawn or be escorted by a mediaeval knight to your drinks reception, Warwick Castle is the perfect venue.
Warwick Castle has won several prestigious awards in recent months, including awards from Prestige Events, M&IT and RSVP.
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