Castle Lane, Warwick CV34 4QU
Warwick Castle is situated in the town of Warwick, on a sandstone bluff at a bend of the River Avon. The river runs below the castle’s eastern side. Over time, it has eroded the rock the castle stands on, forming a cliff. Together they form a natural defence for the castle.
Warwick Castle is a medieval castle developed from a wooden fort, originally built by William the Conqueror during 1068. Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, England, situated on a bend of the River Avon.
The castle’s position made it strategically important in safeguarding the Midlands against rebellion. So, in the 12th century, the original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone.
During the Hundred Years War, the facade opposite the town was refortified. Today, it is one of the best examples of 14th-century military architecture. It was used as a stronghold until the early 17th century, when it was granted to Sir Fulke Greville by 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.
Today, visitors can experience life in the 14th century and the great age of tournaments. The castle hosts an immersive family experience that includes falconry, jousting, exhibitions, and daily shows.
Those who feel brave enough can venture into the horrors beneath the castle in its dungeon. For a more sedate experience, visitors can enjoy a tour of the Great Hall and State Rooms.
You can even stay at Warwick Castle over night! Choose from a tent or a State Suite and get a break like no other.
Warwick Castle is just a mile from Warwick railway station and less than 2 miles from junction 15 of the M40.