Warwick Castle : Michelin's recommendations
Built on the banks of the Avon on the site of a Norman mound and interior courtyard, which originally were probably a Saxon fort, the castle was the headquarters of the Counts of Warwick. Fine gardens designed by Capability Brown in 1750 have been planted on the hillock, together with gardens by Victorian gardener Robert Marnock. The courtyard walls and guardroom date back to the 14C, the Bear Tower and Clarence Tower from the 15C. Now part of the Tussaud's Group, the castle has been brought back to life with wax figures recreating the characters and events of its history with a number of scenes, beginning with preparations for the last battle in 1471 of Richard Neville, 16th count of Warwick. The age of James I is presented with the Ghost Tower, and the Victorian period with a scene showing a garden party organised in 1898 by the countess of Warwick with guests such as the Prince of Wales and a young Winston Churchill. Paintings and furniture are on display in the 17-18C ceremonial rooms; the red room, green room and cedar room contain works by Lely and Van Dyck, furniture by Boulle, and a portrait of Henry Vii by Holbein hangs in the blue boudoir. It is also interesting to visit the arsenal and torture rooms.
- Address : A429 GB - Warwick CV34 4QUCV34 4QUWarwick
- Phone : 01926 495421
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : http://www.warwick-castle.com
Opening hours :
- Apr-Dec: 10am-5pm (or 6pm)