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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Warwick Castle


Back in June I had time to do some sightseeing, and Warwick Castle was at the top of my list of places to visit. It's not everyday you get a taste of Royal life(!).


It's situated in Warwickshire and it's a short walk from Warwick train station, The original castle was built in 1068 by William the Conqueror but it's undergone many changes since.

We decided to get tickets for the Castle and grounds, as well as the dungeons. It's much cheaper to book online. However, we had 2 for 1 tickets (that I got on the back of some breakfast bars) and you can't use them online. The Dungeon tickets are also not included in the 2 for 1.

So on the day we paid £24.80 for castle tickets for 2, and £18 for Dungeon tickets (£9 each). Although I'm sure that was a lot more than the £5 quoted on their website.

We booked out Dungeon show for 11am, just after we arrived, and there were many slots still available. There were also plenty of school trips but fortunately they do them seperately!

When it was our turn to go into the Dungeons we were put into a group with 6-8 people, and we were led inside by some very medieval looking characters. Part of their role also involved yelling at us, which I must admit, I didn't find very necessary.

Ad you'd expect inside the dungeons it was completely pitch black, there was literally no way to tell where you were walking apart from feeling your way round. Someone in our party actually dropped but he was okay!

We were then led around to various rooms for the different shows. One was the family cook (also the surgeon) pretending to pull the insides out of a dummy, which I just found nauseating! There was also a torture room which I found quite explicit. Also bear in mind it's likely you will be called up to take part. I was asked to go to the front of the room but I didn't move because I didn't want to be tortured! He ended up picking someone else but in a later show I had to pretend to be beheaded! There was also a moment where we got lost in a corridor of mirrors and we ended up going round and round in circles.

Overall, I didn't enjoy it at all and I haven't the faintest idea of what prompted me to book tickets for it as I can't even sit through a horror movie!

Once the Dungeon show was over (fresh air never felt so good), we went over to the Great Hall for a tour. The tour was really interesting and we had a bit of entertainment too thanks to the tour guide and an elderly lady who were flirting! It was interesting seeing all the artefacts and how the grand rooms were used by the aristocratic families. It was a short tour and we then went upstairs on our own to explore.




Although the highlight of the day was the beautiful grounds! We were lucky enough to go on a really bright, sunny day so the views were incredible.



We did go to the Horrible Histories show which was quite boring frankly. Actually you could say the ducks stole the show! They all came over in the hope of getting some food, and the baby ducklings were adorable! We were sitting on the grass when I suddenly heard some movement behind me, and as I turned I came face to face with a peacock! I think it escaped from the peacock farm but it was an amazing experience to say the least. The peacock had a really long sweeping tail adorned with vivid patterns.




I then went for a walk around the mount where you can look down on the Castle grounds. I also went to the south facade of the Castle which joins with the River Avon, it's so tranquil and beautiful!





























Lastly came the mammoth task of climbing all the stairs! We first went up the Bear and Clarence towers which are some of the shorter ones. This was just the practice for going up Guy's tower which was 250 steps each way! It's a long winding staircase with narrow steps, it's a one way system so you have to go all the way up to come down. The views of Warwickshire were worth it though, well not if you're scared of heights.







There were a few restaurants in the Castle but they weren't great, so we walked into the town which had a great deal more. The town itself is also quite quirky and fun to explore.












I really loved my trip to Warwick Castle (bar the dungeons) and I would really recommend it to anyone considering visiting.

Which attractions would you recommend?

29 comments:

  1. Have been a few times as it's not far from where I live. The grounds are really lovely and yes the view after walking up all them stairs is really worth it. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Lucky you, it's a lovely town to live by. I had a great time thanks :)

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  2. Love the scenery!!

    Jenan
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  3. Okay so despite you not enjoying the dungeons I know kind of want to go out of sick curiosity hahaha, I get really scared quickly but still watch horror films and love crime! AND I love horrible histories such a shame it was crap xxx

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    1. I have no idea how you have the stomach for them, I get weirded out by watching the adverts! I used to watch all the Horrible Histories episodes too :)

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  4. Warwick castle is spectacular, such a great set of pictures, so Glad you got to go on a lovely bight day! I'm not one for Horror movies eitherrrr!!!

    Serene | I Am Serene L

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    1. Thank you! It made it much easier to get decent pictures :)

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  5. What gorgeous pics, the grounds and the library look amazing!

    Makeup Monster

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  6. This looks like one of those places you must visit. I love the ground and the inside of the castle too (of course). You capture the place really well in your photos x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. The grounds were the highlight for me! Thank you :)

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  7. I'd love to visit this place!! (:
    Nati xx
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  8. That looks look such a beautiful place. Not sure why the guards yelled though. I agree, unnecessary!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. It really is. Haha probably to scare us but it didn't work!

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  9. Have heard great things about Warwick Castle but have never been. Looks fab, though! Will have to add it to my list of places to visit. :)

    Renata x
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  10. The dungeon show sounds fab to me but I love scary films haha! At least you enjoyed the rest of your day :)


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    1. It was too terrifying for me! Thank you, the rest was great :)

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  11. I've always wanted to go to Warwick Castle, the pictures are lovely :)

    <3
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  12. I love the library and the garden!! I want to go to castles all around the world one day :)

    Ayre

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    1. The library was so cool! Haha sounds like a good plan :)

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  13. Such beautiful pictures, sounds like a lovely day out x

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    1. Thank you! It really was, the time flew by :)

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  14. 'Part of their role also involved yelling at us, which I must admit, I didn't find very necessary' hahaha! They were trying to make it real! If I were you I would laugh :) I don't like horror movies either but I am quite enjoying new experiences! I love medieval castles &small towns! There is something attractive about them!

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