Warwick Castle is a major tourist attraction with many exhibitions including the grandeur of the Great Hall, the Georgian State Rooms, the blood-curdling Dungeon, the Military Zone, and the landscaped grounds with the Rose Garden, the Mound, and walks by the River Avon.
To further enhance the Castle’s visitors’ experience, events are help throughout the year, with a special emphasis on the Christmas holiday season.
History of Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle was originally built in 1068 by William the Conqueror. Since 1088 it has traditionally been owned by the Earls of Warwick. The most famous Earl, Richard Neville, also known as Warwick the Kingmaker, imprisoned Edward IV in the castle in the 15th century.
The Castle has been modified many times in it history. The facade facing the town was refortified during the Hundred Years War, leaving a spectacular example of 14th century military architecture. In the 1640s the Castle’s fortifications were updated to prepare for the English Civil War, during which it survived a siege.
Events at Warwick Castle
Events are held at Warwick Castle throughout the year. Typical events include:
- Jousting tournaments
- Archery and falconry demonstrations
- Ghost hunts
- Concerts in the Castle grounds
- Clairvoyant evenings
- Living history weekends in the summer
- Mediaeval banquets.
Christmas Events at Warwick Castle
The events held at Warwick Castle include authentic themed meals, special tours, and a host of attractions that are called “Christmas at the Castle”
Warwick Castle’s themed meals for Christmas are:
- Kingmaker’s Banquet: set in 1471, the infamous Earl of Warwick hosts an unforgettable evening of eating, drinking and mediaeval revelry
- Dungeons After Dark: a visit Warwick Castle’s Dungeon, followed by a four-course banquet, with live entertainment all evening
- Great Hall Mediaeval Evening: enjoy an authentic four-course mediaeval banquet in the Great Hall, with live entertainment during the banquet, followed an after dinner disco
- Highwayman’s Supper: hosted by the Innkeeper, enjoy a four-course supper in the Georgian Coach House, with Georgian style entertainment throughout the evening
- Christmas Lunches: enjoy a three-course Christmas lunch in the Georgian Coach House, combined with admission to the Castle and grounds
- New Year’s Eve Mediaeval Banquet: Lords and Ladies are invited to a five-course mediaeval banquet in the Great Hall, with authentic mediaeval revelry during the banquet. The New Year will be welcomed with a Ceilidh, and a midnight toast.
Candlelit Tours of the Castle will be held throughout December. Start with a glass of mulled red wine and a festive mince pie as you meet characters from Christmases past. See behind the scenes of the Christmas preparations as you explore the Castle by candlelight.
The attractions in “Christmas at the Castle” include:
- Children can peek inside Santa’s workshop, and enjoy a festive show with Chrsitmas storytelling
- Guests can see where Santa hides the presents under the traditionally decorated 25-foot Christmas Tree in the Great Hall
- The Castle Mound is transformed into a Winter Walkway, with an enchanting trail leading to the top of the Mound with its stunning views of the Castle grounds
- A magnificent 52-foot wooden 1930s original Helter Skelter is the centrepiece of the Victorian Side Show that is featured in this year’s forest
- The thrice daily “Tales of the Circus” show is the highlight of the many circus acts, circus characters, and side show entertainment.