Warwick Castle:

Located close to Strattford upon Avon, Warwick Castle is a delight for anyone interested in early warfare and construction of castles.

The area around the castle is a open park with a beautiful conservatory, open fields, and a small island with picnic area available.

Peacocks roam the garden and other areas.  If you would like to see them close up .. this is the place to do so!

The welcoming crew ..
.. after it ran over my foot it got into a huff.

The castle houses a collection of arms and armour numbering nearly one thousand pieces.  In one of the towers is a collection of torture equipment as well as the dungeon for prisoners.  Climbing on the walls and in the towers shows the construction clearly .. a must for anyone seriously interested in castles.
Guy's Tower ..
Caesar's Tower ..
Bear Tower ..
 .. showing the merlons and embrasures
The interior rooms of the halls and towers are open for viewing and show various stages of the castle.  Furniture collected for the family from around the world adorn the crafted rooms.  Tapestry hangings, deep carpets, and awesome paintings will keep you busy as you soak in the surroundings.  Additionally, period settings from Madame Tussauds show life in the castle during the late 1800's.

Regrettably I was not able to take any photos of the interior.  You'll have to visit to be able to truly enjoy the sights.

The hall ..
Bear Tower .. from the park
The hall .. from the park
Interestingly enough, apparently the Watergate Tower (regrettably not pictured) is haunted by the ghost of Sir Fulke Greville.  When he inherited the castle it was in quite a state of disrepair and he took lodging in the Watergate Tower during restorations.  It is in his tower study that his manservant murdered him.
Caesar Tower .. from the river
The mound .. where it all started.



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