Warwick Castle tours typically include access to the castle’s armory, state rooms, and Great Hall, as well as the towers, ramparts, and gardens. For a more in-depth experience, opt for a visit to the Castle Dungeon Experience or tuck into a traditional cream tea at the Warwick Castle Conservatory Tea House. First-time visitors may also want to combine a Warwick Castle tour from London with a visit to William Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, or the Cotswolds.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Warwick Castle is a must-see for history, architecture, and castle buffs.
Visitor facilities include luggage lockers, ATMs, restaurants, gift shops, and car parking (fees apply).
Audio guides are available in eight different languages.
You can stay overnight at the castle in one of the luxury Tower Suites, a lodge, or a glamping tent in the Knight’s Village.
Some parts of the castle are accessible to wheelchair users and strollers are not allowed inside the castle; however, free stroller storage is available.
How to Get There
Warwick Castle is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Birmingham, about a 40-minute drive; from central London, it’s a 2-hour drive along the M40. Direct trains run from London’s Marylebone station to Warwick Station, about a mile from the castle. Alternatively, save yourself the hassle and opt for a guided tour with transportation included.
When to Get There
Warwick Castle is open daily throughout the year, but the busiest times to visit are July, August, and during other school holidays. Although visiting outside of these times is advisable if you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, many of the castle’s shows and activities close down or offer limited availability in low season. The most atmospheric times to visit include Christmas and Easter, when the castle hosts special seasonal events and festivities.
Things to Do at Warwick Castle
There's no shortage of things to see and do at Warwick Castle. Watch one of the world’s largest working catapults launch a flaming fireball, learn about the castle’s history at the Time Tower multimedia exhibition, attend a medieval banquet, or watch the spectacular "Dragon Slayer" show. Kids will also love following the Horrible Histories adventure maze, dressing up in period costumes, and watching displays of medieval jousting, archery, and falconry.
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