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Warwick Castle
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Warwick Castle which includes a castle, heritage architecture and views

Explore 14th-century towers, meet the ghost of a dungeon and spot birds of prey at this thousand-year-old castle.

Visit Warwick Castle to explore towers and a dungeon dating to the 1300s, watch actors in jousting battles and spot eagles and vultures. Danish invaders first built a fortress here in 914 to protect the town of Warwick. William the Conqueror developed the castle in 1068 and it was home to British nobility until 1978, when it became a museum and tourist attraction.

Allow a whole day for visiting the castle. Different ticket prices grant admission to the various attractions. Check the official website of Warwick Castle for detailed information.

Explore the towers and ramparts that once protected the castle from invasion. Gaze up at the 147-foot (44.8-meter) tall Caesar’s Tower, then look for the graffiti left by prisoners in The Gaol, on the lower floor. Visit the castle’s interior rooms. Royalty such as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert once dined in the State Dining Room.

Don’t miss the interactive horror stories in the Castle Dungeon. Meet local witch Moll Bloxham and other castle ghosts in exhibitions and displays. At Merlin: The Dragon Tower you can relive the story of Merlin, a wizard that battled to protect King Arthur. Additional charges apply to these two attractions.

Be sure to see the daily events such as a bird of prey display and the raising of the portcullis (castle gateway). There are summer concerts and theater performances, jousting competitions and evening dinners. Find more details on Warwick Castle’s official website.

Take time to appreciate the castle’s 64-acre (26-hectare) gardens. Spot peacocks and explore a rose garden. Kids will enjoy playing on the slides and swings of the Pageant Playground’s mini-castle.

Warwick Castle is located in the city of Warwick, a 40-minute drive from central Birmingham. Parking is available, but public transport is a more economical option. Direct trains run from Birmingham’s Snow Hill to Warwick station. The station is about one mile (1.6 kilometers) from the castle’s entrance.

The castle is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day. Specific opening hours are available on the castle’s official website. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

Top Hotels Close to Warwick Castle

The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel
The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27-29 Crompton Street, Warwick, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $110 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Situated in Warwick, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Warwick Racecourse and Warwick Castle. Hill Close Gardens and Lord Leycester Hospital ...
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"Pleasant accommodation with some thoughtful touches. Excellent food. Friendly, efficient staff. A very enjoyable stay."

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Warwick Castle Knight's Village
Warwick Castle Knight's Village
3.5 out of 5
Castle Lane, Warwick, England
The price is $166 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Located in Warwick Town Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Warwick Castle and Warwick Racecourse. Mill Garden and Collegiate Church of St Mary ...
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"Great night with kids who loved sword fighting with the knight. Would recommend for sure"

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Holiday Inn Express Warwick - Stratford-upon-Avon
Holiday Inn Express Warwick - Stratford-upon-Avon
3 out of 5
Stratford Road Warwick M40 Jct 15, Longbridge, Warwick, England
The price is $70 per night from May 2 to May 3
Situated in Warwick, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick Castle, and Warwick Racecourse. Market Hall Museum and Collegiate Church ...
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Holiday Inn Express Warwick - Stratford-upon-Avon
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 17, 2019

Very commercial. If you like that, it’s worth a trip.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 28, 2019

Great castle to visit, good history lesson. The current management are really geared to squeeze more money from visitors. Wasn't like this 20 years ago. Needs some cleaning and repairs in places. Spider/dust webs visible in places.

4/5 - Good

KMTDP

Jun 13, 2019

Avoid the Castle Dungeon if you are an adult. Geared to kids.

5/5 - Excellent

Matthew

Oct 12, 2018

you know, just your average 1,000 year old Castle! Absolutely amazing, especially in October when they turn their dungeon into a haunted attraction

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The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel
The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27-29 Crompton Street, Warwick, England
The price is $110 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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Warwick Castle Knight's Village
Warwick Castle Knight's Village
3.5 out of 5
Castle Lane, Warwick, England
The price is $166 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
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Holiday Inn Express Warwick - Stratford-upon-Avon
Holiday Inn Express Warwick - Stratford-upon-Avon
3 out of 5
Stratford Road Warwick M40 Jct 15, Longbridge, Warwick, England
The price is $70 per night from May 2 to May 3
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Warwick Arms Hotel
Warwick Arms Hotel
3 out of 5
17 High Street, Warwick, England
Warwick Arms Hotel
The Old Coffee Tavern
The Old Coffee Tavern
3.5 out of 5
16 The Old Square, Warwick, England
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Castle View
Castle View
3.5 out of 5
18 Castle Lane, Warwick, England
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Rose & Crown
Rose & Crown
4 out of 5
30 Market Place, Warwick, England
The price is $90 per night from May 18 to May 19
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Unique Historic Building In Central Warwick With Wifi
Unique Historic Building In Central Warwick With Wifi
Warwick, ENG
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20 St. Nicholas Church Street
20 St. Nicholas Church Street
3.5 out of 5
20 St. Nicholas Church Street, Warwick, England
20 St. Nicholas Church Street
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