I'm of an age where it is de rigeur to be curmudgeonly about anything and everything, lamenting about how much better it was in the 1970s (it really wasn't, trust me). So you will no doubt be expecting me to rant and rail about the theme park presentation of Warwick Castle. Sorry to disappoint. I really like how the castle is presented, with only a few gripes, most notably the hidden speakers blasting out the sounds of merry olde England™ everywhere.
The Castle, unsurprisingly, was a Parliamentarian stronghold, its defences being bolstered by a considerable array of earthworks. Northampton led a Royalist force to besiege the castle in August 1642, the siege being lifted by the advance of Essex and his field army.
|The old bridge which used to provide entry to the castle|
What's there today?
I can't stress this enough: plan ahead. Warwick Castle is on the pricey side. Buy your tickets in advance online - they are £10 dearer on the day (both online and in person). Car parking is also another hit to the wallet. The stables car park is £10, the main and overflow car parks are £6. Warwick is on the doorstep of the castle, alternative car parking in the town may be cheaper.
A keen eye will pick out a number of zischagges, three bar pots, pikemans armour, morions.
Curiously there is a harquebusier buff coat, cuirass and helmet exhibited wearing a pair of armoured gauntlets. Suppose it didn't look armoured enough for the general public.There are a number of original portraits in the castle, and also a number of copies.
|Prince Charles Louis, future Elector of the Palatine (Prince Rupert and Maurice's elder brother)|
As well as portraiture, there are a number of pieces of armour presented.
|Lord Brooke's armour: but which one? Almost certainly not the 2nd Lord Brooke (who was killed at Lichfield). The style of armour is strongly suggestive of it belonging to one of his sons, either the 4th or 5th Lord Brooke.|
|Charles I, after Van Dyck|
In the extensive grounds are a number of attractions, including a reproduction trebuchet. Who doesn't love a trebuchet, and would pay a lot of money to be allowed to fire it?
|The school party are not trebuchet ammunition, I think they are having their lunch|
Postcodes for SatNavs
Warwick Castle main car park CV34 6AH
Warwick Castle stables car park (the expensive one) CV34 4QU