Castle sights in Warwickshire
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Founded in 1068 by William the Conqueror, the stunningly preserved Warwick Castle is the biggest show in town. The ancestral home of the Earls of Warwick, the castle remains impressively intact, and The Tussauds Group has filled the interior with noisy attractions that bring the castle's rich history to life in a flamboyant but undeniably family-friendly way.
The castle throbs with kid-centred activities and waxworks populate the private apartments. As well as sumptuous interiors, landscaped gardens and towering ramparts, there are jousting tournaments, daily trebuchet firings, themed evenings, a dungeon and loads to keep families agog. Tickets discounted if you buy…
This sublime ruin sprawls among fields and hedges on the outskirts of Kenilworth. Built in the 1120s, the castle survived the longest siege in English history in 1266, when the forces of Lord Edward (later Edward I) threw themselves at the moat and battlements for six solid months. The fortress was dramatically extended in Tudor times, but it fell in the English Civil War and its walls were breached and water defences drained.
The excellent audioguide will tell you all about the relationship between former owner Robert Dudley and the 'Virgin Queen', who was wined and dined here at tremendous expense, almost bankrupting the castle. Don't miss the magnificent and recently…