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Situated just about 45 minutes by train from Birmingham lies possibly Britains most fantastic medeival catle of Warwick.
I visited the castle in 1998 and it was an exhilerating experience. The origin of the castle dates back to the 10th century when Danish invaders threatened to attack. The castle has developed and grown over the centuries to be what it is today. Its construction however began somewhere in 914 AD. King William appointed Henry de Beaumont as the first Earl of Warwick.
The Ceaser's tower, the dungeon and the Guy's tower were all built in the 14th century. The gatehouse and the Barbican were completed in 1450.
Over the years that followed the castle had its own share of treacheries, attacks and also a fire. It also has a ghost tower where the ghost of Sir Fulke Greville, who was murdered by an unhappy servant.
One of the most beautiful rooms in the castle is the State dining room. This room was commissioned in 1763 It can supposedly be used for private parties as well. Wonder how much that would cost.
In 1978 Warwick castle was bought by the Tussaud's Group. Some other rooms in the castle like the Cedar drawing room, music room, the bedrooms have been fabulously and richly decorated and thanks to Madame Tussaud's, with wax statues all over these rooms it gives you a very realistic feel of the place.
It is also a very beautiful feeling to walk along the On The Grounds, River Avon and the peacock gardens.
Though I did not experience it the Kingmaker's feast is supposed to be another great experience.
The staff at the castle are very friendly and helpful and along with the fantastic work that Madame Tussaud's have put in a day spent at the castle is a very rewatding experience.
article published 1/21/2005