I will be in Birmingham in July, and was wondering if anyone has visited the Warwick Castle. And if so, if it is worth the trip? Any comments would be welcome.
English friends of ours took us there for a day, my 14 yr old son and I .. and we really enjoyed it.
It had a great jousting show that day too,, and it was well done.
I thought it was a tad expensive,, but really in list of things we have done ,, yes, it was worth it.
The food onsite we thought was rather gross though..
Orv - I found Warwick Castle to be quite enjoyable.
Here is a link to their website Warwick Castle
We enjoyed Warwick Castle, we also enjoyed Dudley Castle which is 8 miles northwest of Birmingham on A457
Warwick Castle is a wonderful castle -- one of my favorites. Don't miss it.
If you are going to Warwick and can spare an extra 1-2 hours, it is interesting to also visit Kenilworth Castle which is only six miles away. It is beautifully ruined and makes a great contrast to completely restored Warwick.
My parents live about a mile away from Warwick Castle so its somewhere I'm pretty familiar with. Its definitely worth a trip, especially now that the weather is getting nicer here. Also you can go up the tower of St Mary's Church in Warwick (I believe it cost around £1.50 about 3 years ago to do this) which gives you a wonderful view over Warwick and of the Castle too. You can also look round the Church and, if the fancy takes you, do brass rubbings etc. Warwick is a nice little town in itself, bordering Leamington Spa (the town centres are roughly 1 3/4 miles apart, but there are plenty of buses etc to get around in. Also in Warwick is the town museum (not been there for a few years, but I think it may be free entrance) on the market square. Not a bad little museum. There are also some good restaurants in Warwick. Leamington is a different sort of town - far more Regency buildings, and there's the pump rooms. Perhaps not so historical, but there are some nice parks and various things going on over the summer and there's usually a brass band playing in Victoria Park at the weekend. If you squint hard enough you can almost believe its 1909...
Highly recommended for a visit.
I would arrive right when they open, it can get very busy in the summer months.