The castle is far from a ruin, with
walls to walk on, towers to climb up and state rooms to explore.
There are great views over the Midlands countryside and over the town of Warwick.
|The weir on the river.||Inside the curtain wall, looking back from the Ghost Tower.|
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curtain wall with The Mound,
the site of the original castle.
|Looking over the shire of Warwick.|
|The town church - as old as the castle.|
|Between the castle and the river.||The old street sheltering in the shadow of the Castle.|
One of the most famous inhabitants of the Castle was Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, known as the Kingmaker, in England's War of the Roses. He lived there from 1449 to 1471 when he died at the Battle of Barnet. Madame Tussaud waxworks bring to life the people and the work they did to prepare for this last battle of Richard Neville. A man demonstrated crafts and delighted Jonathan when he let him hold weapons of the time - a long sword, a short sword, an axe and a mace. Jackie was more impressed by her professional ancestors - the clerk and the Receiver General.
|The Kingmaker dressing for battle.||The Kingmaker's horse
- complete with authentic smells, tail-swishing and ear-pricking.
|The Kingmaker rallying his men.|
|Jonathan tries out the sword and..||the axe and...||looks at the boy archer.|
|Jackie's favourites - the accountant and..||the Receiver General, the senior finance man in the castle.|
Other imaginative presentations
were the Ghost Tower, where sound effects created fear in the visitor -
well, it worked on me ! - and the main living rooms, which were peopled
with waxworks of real visitors from a 19th century house party, including
a 23-year-old Winston Churchill.
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