Travel Hot Spot: Warwick Castle in England

Travel Hot Spot: Warwick Castle in England

I visited Warwick Castle on school and family trips as a child and still remember the atmosphere and excitement. So I wanted to take my kids to Warwick Castle too last time we were in England because it’s a fine example of an ancient British castle.

Warwick Castle is in the Midlands close to where I grew up and 40 years later it still impressed me as much as it did when I was just a nipper.

In the seventies there was nothing to see at Warwick Castle apart from the castle ruins which were impressive enough.

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Now Warwick Castle has been bought by the Tussauds Group and disneyfied. There are people dressed as court characters like Henry the Eighth, special historical reenactments including jousting and all manner of medieval activities for children.

In some ways that’s a shame because all those activities detract from the castle itself, but it’s also fantastic because there’s so much more to see and do than just walk around the ancient ramparts and enjoy the birds eye view (pictured above and below), although that’s still my personal highlight.

My second favorite part of visiting Warwick Castle as an adult was when Henry the Eighth invited me to visit him in his chambers. It’s been a while since anyone propositioned me like that. Still, being a married woman, I kept my head and politely declined.

The castle has been beautifully renovated by the Tussauds Group and the interiors are stunning too. We spent a very long, busy, happy day at Warwick Castle and the Candy kids had a ball. The bird of prey show was brilliant and I’ll never forget seeing a massive eagle swooping down from the castle ramparts.

So if you’re visiting England and you’d like to see a castle I highly recommend Warwick Castle. It’s about a two hour drive or train ride north of London but you can find all the information you need here on the Warwick Castle website.

Do go if you get the chance, especially if you’ve got kids, because Warwick Castle is everything a castle should be and it’s been impressing people of all ages for over 1,100 years!

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Have you visited Warwick Castle yet? Or maybe you’re a castle lover and you’ve got a favorite castle to share with here?

Author: Annabel Candy

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Ryan Biddulph August 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Hi Annabel,

Wow. I’ve never been there but would dig seeing it in person. I’ve always wanted to visit a castle, up close and personal.

I also plan to get to England, to find where the Biddulph’s originated….that spot being, Biddulph, UK ;)

Thanks so much Annabel.

Tweeting in a bit.

Ryan

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Annabel Candy August 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Hi Ryan,

Well that’s lucky Warwick and Biddulph are actually quite close to each other. I hope Buddilph turns out to be a nice spot! You won’t be disappointed by Warwick Castle :)

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Debra Eve August 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

I visited Warwick Castle in the mid-1980s, Annabel. Back then, it was extremely rustic. You got a real feel for what it was like to live in one of those big cold fortresses!

Didn’t know Tussauds had taken it over. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but I’ll reserve judgment until I return. The restored interiors sound very good. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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Annabel Candy August 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Hi Debra,

Love that you’ve been too. It is an amazing place and I think they’ve done a great job :)

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Seana August 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I love a castle, and even though this is an English one, I’m sure I’d enjoy a visit. However, a Scottish castle would always be my fave… and the English used to feel the same way!

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Annabel Candy August 12, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Hi Seana,

Lol! I need to visit some – I’ve been to Edinburgh but never visited the castle although of course you can’t miss it :)

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