Thursday, July 20, 2006

Warwick Castle

Tabblo: Warwick Castle

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I didn't intend to make a tabblo for this entry at first, however pressed for time, this is the fastest way I could think of to upload the plethora of pictures.

In the UK at the moment, many students have completed their studies and
are having their graduations.  This is also the time when many parents
are visiting . If you are thinking where to bring your parents then may
I suggest one; Warwick Castle.

As the name suggests, Warwick Castle lies in Warwick, in the Midlands. The price of admission at GBP 15 is indeed hefty, and may deter many. Despite being expensive, the visit was surprisingly well worth it.

This is because, not only is Warwick Castle beautiful and well preserved, there are many attractions and shows inside the castle itself, to make a complete medieval experience.

Among the attractions and shows inside the castle are:
  • Archery - where a person demonstrates the art of using a medieval bow and arrow to hit targets.
  • Falconry - a trainer and his majestic looking hawk doing various tricks, it was amazing.
  • Wax mannequins sketching how the royal would live in a castle. The quality of the wax mannequins are akin to the ones in Madam Tussauds and looked extremely realistic. Enough to make the little one cry! The mannequins are scattered in many chambers around the castle and looking at the various scenarios were awe inspiring and educational.
  • A rose garden, a green house with beautiful tropical plants
  • A peacock garden
  • An eagle barn - various hawks, eagles and vultures from around the world are shown here. They are beautiful creatures.
  • Artillery - where an ancient real size catapult is shown to shoot metal balls.
  • Exploring inside the castle, and the castle grounds. We climbed up to the tallest spire - and (this is a confession -- I'm afraid of heights!). A vomit and vertigo inducing, dizzying experience, but fun.
Many people were employed to masquerade as knights (on horses, with proper chain mail and swords), peasants, jesters and maids around the castle to provide an authentic medieval atmosphere, and they were extremely friendly. For example, a knight on a horse came and stopped near where we were enjoying icecream, and he allowed little children to touch the horse and kindly answered the childrens' questions no matter how silly.

Every single attraction above was interesting and we spent upwards of 6 hours at the place! Even then, we felt that we haven't fully explored all the grounds, fatigue being the limiting factor here.

In the tabblo above there are pictures of the castle, the castle grounds, the wax mannequins in their various rooms, and views inside and on top of the castle. All in all, Warwick Castle is a beautiful place, is very educational and therefore well worth the admission price. My only complaint is that there is a limited number of restaurants and the choice of meals are very limited.

Having said that, seeing Macdonalds or Starbucks in the castle would have desecrated the place.


kenakelayan said...

When we went there we brought our own food: nasi goreng, ayam goreng, etc, including some juices and a 1.25l fizzy drink!

dr in the house said...

When we went there, we also brought our own food: Nasi Goreng Dream-on, Only-in-your-dream Fried Chicken and Dreamland Soda...yeah you thought right...I went there in my dreams!

dyanna said...

Sangat laaaaaaa better dari Cardiff Castle.
Well, entrance price pun quite consireble with what they provide to the visitors inside.
I would be so dissapointed, like the time I went to a castle/masion of Winston Churchill near Oxford, had to pay like 10 pounds tapi tak exciting sgt.. the attraction was that the place was used to shoot the opening scene for Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham... where SRK helicopter landed on the grounds and he ran towards the castle (kononya his house laa.. to celebrate Deepavali..)

dyanna said...

... correction...
{line 3} I wouldn't....

mynn said...

betul lah, i think bringing food from home is probably alot more thrifty and satisfying. food at these kind of places are expensive, not halal and not that nice.

hehehehehe. similarly, only in our dreams could we visit pulau redang, langkawi, genting highlands etc222 :p

you know what dyanna, we were living in cardiff for 7 years, but we've never even once stepped foot in the castle! how lame is that? even when the entrance was once FREE! cardiff castle looks splendid from outside, and thinking back, i wish i did visit it. Wales banyak castle kan? i've visited castle coch.

speaking of cerita hindustan, dyanna: longleat castle in ?Bristol where they shoot mohabbatein. longleat castle looks beautiful in the movie, and some people i know have visited the place just so that they could show off to their friends they've been to a castle that was in a hindi movie. hehehe.

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