Many years ago my parents visited Warwick Castle during a holiday in the UK. Being quite young and obsessed with knights and castles, I was absolutely fascinated by their stories of the visit. So coming over to a conference at the University of Warwick, the first thing that I added to my sight-seeing list was this nearby castle.
It is certainly one of the most well preserved medieval castles in England, and I was interested to notice two separate themes in its displays. The parapet walk and the basement follow the middle-ages theme and have a number of displays centred around “The Kingmaker” Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick during the Wars of the Roses. The other theme, somewhat more recent in chronology, is that of a royal weekend party hosted by the Countess of Warwick in 1898. The private appartments (library, sitting rooms, bed rooms, et c) are set up as exhibits within this context.
I managed to thoroughly enjoy myself despite the somewhat “touristy” environment (and a number of noisy school groups). It was fantastic to walk along the parapets and climb a the tallest tower, and I quite enjoyed a falconry display. They had a working trebuchet, set up pointing away from the castle, with which they threw a 30 kg stone wrapped in burning cloth.