Saturday I took a trip to Warwickshire to see one of the oldest castles in England, Warwick Castle. Each year, around Halloween, the castle holds themed walk-throughs which are quite fun -- and spooky.
Here's a brief history of the castle:
The first stage of the castle was a fortification built by the Anglo-Saxons in 914 by the River Avon. The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle, built buy William the Conquerer, was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century and then refortified in the 14th century. It was then used as a stronghold until the early 17th century, when it was granted to Sir Fulke Greville by James I in 1604. Greville converted the castle to a country house and the family owned it until 1978, when it was sold to Tussauds Group who turned it into the family attraction it is today.
The castle is beautiful and looks quite big upon first glance but the main house is small by castle standards and located on the South side by the River Avon. The castle walls have 5 towers and are surrounded buy a dry moat to the North and East, and a castle mound to the West. There is also a Mill that extends to the river. Upon first entering the house, there is a library and the Great Hall which showcases body armour and a vast collection of weaponry. Theres a dining room and a small chapel, two drawing rooms (one was in the middle of restoration), a room called The Cedar Room, a bedroom which holds Queen Annes death bed (beautiful but quite morbid really), and a boudoir. Walking through didn't take very long but there was plenty to look at -- ornate artwork, ceilings, and tapestries.