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Warwick Castle

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.

Give yourself lots of time at Warwick Castle. Here are some of the top activities:

If you're seeking even more activities, peruse our Birmingham things to do page.


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Warwick Castle Knight's Village $97
Warwick Castle Knight's Village

Warwick Castle Knight's Village

Castle Lane, Warwick, England
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 are also within 5 minutes. Warwick Station is 10 minutes by foot and Warwick Parkway Station is 30 minutes.

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    Holiday Inn Express Warwick - Stratford-upon-Avon

    Stratford Road Warwick M40 Jct 15, Longbridge, Warwick, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 of St Mary are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      The Old Coffee Tavern $103
      The Old Coffee Tavern

      The Old Coffee Tavern

      16 The Old Square, Warwick, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Warwick Town Centre, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick Castle, and Warwick Racecourse. Market Hall Museum and Lord Leycester Hospital are also within 5 minutes. Warwick Station is 13 minutes by foot and Warwick Parkway Station is 26 minutes.

        Warwick Arms Hotel $103
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        Warwick Arms Hotel

        17 High Street, Warwick, England
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Rose & Crown $94
          Rose & Crown

          Rose & Crown

          30 Market Place, Warwick, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Warwick Town Centre, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Market Hall Museum, Warwick Castle, and Warwick Racecourse. Collegiate Church of St Mary and Lord Leycester Hospital are also within 5 minutes. Warwick Station is 13 minutes by foot and Warwick Parkway Station is 25 minutes.

            The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel $98
            The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel

            The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel

            27-29 Crompton Street, Warwick, England
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              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 are also within 10 minutes. Warwick Station is 20 minutes by foot and Warwick Parkway Station is 28 minutes.

              The Kings Head Inn $65
              The Kings Head Inn

              The Kings Head Inn

              39 Saltisford, Warwick, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Warwick Town Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Market Hall Museum, Warwick Castle, and Warwick Racecourse. Collegiate Church of St Mary and Lord Leycester Hospital are also within 10 minutes. Warwick Station is 12 minutes by foot and Warwick Parkway Station is 22 minutes.

                The Globe $104
                The Globe

                The Globe

                10 Theatre Street, Warwick, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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