We’ve been to Warwick Castle lots of times because it’s a great place to visit and it’s not far from where we live. It’s a stunning castle and there’s lots to do, so we are still finding bits to explore. This year they have freshened up the attractions on offer by retheming what used to be Merlin: The Dragon Tower part of the site. Instead there’s the all new Time Tower that we were able to preview ahead of its opening on 28 March 2015.
The Time Tower is audio-visual multimedia experience that captures your imagination and draws you into the history of Warwick Castle through the ages. I’m a regular visitor, but I hadn’t realised that the castle (or at least its origins were so old). I’d assumed it was first built in Norman times, but it turns out that its origins go much further back into the Anglo-Saxon era. You move through the tower rooms as you follow the castle’s progress through time. In each room there’s a different way used to bring history to life. The first room captured our imagination and made us feel part of that history. In the next you watch the castle’s 1,100 year history and see it displayed on a 3D model. My favourite though, was the talking characters on the wall where you meet the various owners of the castle over its long life. It’s a free to enter attraction and one we’ll be planning into future days out here.
Another new area of Warwick Castle this year is the Conservatory Tea Room. This has an idyllic position overlooking the Peacock Garden. It’s a lovely calm spot and they serve the most amazing cakes and pastries. Just the place to rest tired feet on a long day’s exploring. My kind of place!