Brilliant castle in a pleasant small town
Tons of people in summer, choose your time carefully!
Enjoy the castle...then go for a walk around town!!!!
Warwick Castle is over a thousand years old with the first fortifications being supposedly erected by Ethelfleda, daughter of king Alfred the Great in the year 914 as part of a network to protect the Kingdom of Mercia, the present castle is a Norman motte-and-bailey type built in the 11th century. The castle is well maintained with magnificent...more
St John's House Museum is an early Jacobean house and has period reconstructions portraying domestic and school life. The museum is great place for children and houses several Victorian displays, including a schoolroom, parlour and a kitchen where you can hand-pump the water into the sink, open all the draws and take part in many activities. An...more
On a wander through the middle of Warwick on a pretty dismal October day (which explains the rather dark image, for which apologies) I came upon a very nicely executed statue of a boxer in traditional stance as you can see. The sculptor, I was subsequently to find out was Carl Payne who has a number of commissions to his name including some others...more
I wanted to share an example of the appalling customer service we received from Ardencote on one of...more
What a fantastic time we had at this hotel. Nothing was to much for them. We had a speedy check in...more
Warwick Arms Hotel is located on High Street and regarded as two star hotel. It’s more than a basic...more
THE FRESH CAKES WERE DELICIOUS AND AMAZING. the service was lovely and the view of the park from the thatched tearooms, whilst i sat there eating my cream tea with fresh scones and clotted cream was breath taking. We sat outside on a beautiful sunny day in early autumn, the river avon in the distance on one side, and Warwick castle in clear plain...more
Great little historic tea room that does a good selection of cakes and has a fantastic choice of around 19 teas (from the usual Ceylon and Dargeeling through to the more "exotic" such as lapsang souchong!) Also, I highly recommend the cream teas, they are one of the best I've tried (and I've tired a lot!) Located in the heart of the town it's my...more
Set in the undergound secret passages underneath Warwick, The Cellar Restaurant is a family run restaurant with the most delicious food I have ever tasted. If you are looking for the whole Warwick experience - this isn't to be missed. Especially great in Winter, as it is so small and cosy. Don't be put off by the fact that it is underground, this...more
Warwick isn't a big city and its nightlife reflects this.If you need loud music, bright lights and late nights then get a taxi into Leamington for about four pounds.Warwick has plenty of good pubs though, try:The Tilted Wig in Market Place (good food) The big arches at the front, now windows, were all open many years ago when the building was a...more
Merchants is fast gaining a cult status as a stylish venue. The bar derives its name from the history of Warwick, and this theme runs through the classy venue with some stunning murals of the local castle. For those who their wine, Merchants boasts one of the largest selections in the area. It is as wide ranging as it is extensive with something...more
My preferred method of transport round the United Kingdom is the train. Due to the out of town locations of London airports, time-consuming security checks etc. I find it about as quick to get on the train in a central London station. Unfortunately, this convenience does not come cheap and I was once told that the train fares here are the most...more
Visiting Warwick on a day trip from London is easy, head to the Marylebone train station (from the Marylebone tube, follow the BritRail signs) and ask for a cheap day return, only for journeys after 9:30am on weekdays, all day on Saturday and Sunday. In July 2004 we got a combined train and castle admission but I don't see that option listed...more
The Shakespeare Explorer train pass looked like an interesting option if you wanted to try and combine a visit to Warwick with nearby Stratford, Kenilworth or Royal Leamington Spa. I looked into this option but decided I only wanted to do a day trip to Warwick and as we were running late that day knew we wouldn't have time to make it over to...more
I realise that it is unusual for me to be writing tipsabout shopping but here is one of that unusual breed. On a recent trip to Warwick, I was lured into the Warwick Antiques Centre, initially attracted by a display of medals in one of the windows. I have an interest in military history so I thought I would have a look round. there was indeed a...more
A truly inspirational toy and model shop that is unrivalled in Coventry and Warwickshire. This independent shop creates a feeling and atmosphere that cannot be replicated in high street chains. The comprehensive range of stock is selected from leading, quality brands to suit all age ranges from 1 to 100. Castle Trains opened in 2005 and now...more
I had just purchased a sewing machine via mail order and was looking for a place to buy machine thread. There was none to be found in my town but surprisingly I came across this shop when I was least expecting it!(Do you like this tip? Please rate it, thanks!)more
This has now become an annual event (2011 was the Sixth) usually staged around the third Sunday in July. The day itself normally starts with a Buddhist thanksgiving ceremony with gifts by local Thai people to Buddhist monks at a temple set up in the square for the day. The festival comprises Thai culture including Thai dancing, fashion shows,...more
Father Christmas, entertainment, food and a funfair are just some of the highlights of the ever popular annual Victorian Christmas evening combined with the official switching on of the Christmas lights. Craft, charity and festive food stalls wind through the streets around the market, shopkeepers and stallholders join in the fun by wearing period...more
The Lord Leycester Hospital has been a retirement home for old soldiers since 1571.Today, the old soldiers who live there give their services towards the running of the Hospital as a tourist attraction in return for their accommodation.Now, they may be a group of dear old gentlemen with distinguished pasts, but, grumpy old men always behave badly,...more
Take a trip down into the dungeons and torture chamber at Warwick Castle - but a word of warning...all day long they count each member of the small groups of visitors who descend into the cramped, dark, damp underground chamber, and then count them out again......but surely by the end of the day they must get tired of doing this and lose...more
There was a line outside this part of the castle the entire time we were there so we finally decided to go wait in it and were rather disappointed. There really isn't much down there, the queue forms because there is only one staircase going both up and down.It's really just a dark room with not much to see, there was a few torture implements on...more
I live in Warwick and we have a lot of tourists visitingIt's very common to hear from people that they are on coach trips and they "Did" Buckingham Palace this morning, Blenhiem Palace at lunchtime and were quite tired by the time they got to Warwick Castle in the afternoon!They must be mad, all that they have done is take a photograph of all...more
Luggage and bags:
Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing.
Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for this type of weather, and they are a godsend!
Wear flat shoes that have a good grip, as when it is snowing, and afterwards, when it is sludge, it's really difficult to walk and keep your balance!
Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.
Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.
Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars
This is a tip about a thing that is not actually off the beaten path, it is on a very well-trodden path in the centre of Warwick but it is a thing that most people probably don't even look at. A second thing to mention is that I do not have any sort of odd fixation with post boxes, despite having written a tip about another one in Broadstairs. I...more
Leave the castle from its main driveway and turn immediately right, down Mill Street. This street was completely untouched by the great fire of Warwick in 1694 and after the new bridge was built in 1751 and the bridge at the bottom of Mill Street pulled down, the place has been left as a quiet backwater cul de sac.The only thing missing from this...more
Interesting sport, was my first time to watch a horse racing and i really love it.Lying just a few hundred yards from Warwick Castle, Warwick Racecourse retains its historic charm and character. The racecourse is one of the oldest in the country, with racing having taken place here since the 1740's, this is a course rich in tradition and...more
Warwick Racecourse hosts both Flat and Jump racing meetings throughout the year, the first race meeting was run in 1728 making Warwick one of the most historic courses in the country. The central grandstand incorporates the first stand built in 1808. In 2000 it underwent a £3 million refurbishment, and now includes a new restaurant, a betting shop,...more
Go and watch a National Hunt horse racing meeting at Warwick Racecourse, it is great fun. It is a nice course but some of the stands are a bit old but interesting. One of the bars is called the Spartan Missile Bar, named after a Grand National runner, I made a point of going into this bar as I had backed Spartan Missile in that race. Binoculars...more
What would a trip to a medieval castle be without putting my husband in some instrument of torture? He really is a good sport about these things, especially since he knows I'll post the photos.In August 2008 I had a couple of new torturees, my nephew Tommy and niece Rachel who gladly pose for silly photos, David is off the hook when I travel with...more
I booked four of the tickets on Last Minute which had 2 for 1 offers for both kids and adults, actually it turned out to be even cheaper than 2 for 1 if we had waited to buy at the castle. The downside was that we had to select a specific day. I booked the 5th ticket from the Warwick Castle website for a slight discount. Instead of getting a 10%...more