Warwick Castle

This story happened on: 02/12/2018

For our final trip of the year we decided to spend a few days at the Club’s Warwick Racecourse site as our pre-Christmas trip. Previously we had stayed at Chatsworth and Longleat in December because of their Christmas events.  Although we have been to Warwick before we have never visited the Castle which we did on the first day of our stay. The Castle is not too far from the site but is uphill, as most things seem to be as you get older! You use what is called the Town entrance which saves a long walk around to the main way in but is tucked away behind the High Street. On arrival we decided to have a coffee which turned out to be a wise move as the heavens opened whilst we were in the café! The best way to buy tickets for the Castle is online before your visit as buying then at the gate is quite expensive. The Club have an online offer which saves a useful amount. 

Fortunately the rain had stopped as we made our way in to the Castle. It was built by that prolific castle builder William the Conqueror in 1068. It was the home of the Greville family (Earls of Warwick) for 374 years until they sold it to the Tussauds Group who since that point have run it as a tourist attraction. You can climb the battlements if you wish. We tried but found the tight circular stair cases quite wet and slippy. We toured the Great Hall and Staterooms some of which have some interesting wax tableaux, well I suppose they would have being owned by Tussauds! There seem to be some nice gardens as well but the weather was not really in our favour to allow further exploration. We made our way into the town. Warwick has some attractive buildings, including half-timbered ones, although these are not always complimented by their modern equivalents! 

The next day the weather had refused to brighten up but at least it was dry if dull. We headed for Royal Leamington Spa. There are a couple of buses that run every half hour from Warwick Bus Station. We got off near to Jepson Gardens which is opposite the Pump House. The Springs were known to the Romans but it was not until the late 1700’s that they were developed for commercial purposes. The town has a wonderful array of grand Regency buildings  and the main shopping street is called The Parade. Leamington I think will be worth a second visit but perhaps when there is a chance of better and brighter weather. 

If you prefer to leave your car or motorhome on site the local public transport is quite good with regular services to Coventry and Stratford upon Avon. The office also has details of walks from the site so no shortage of things to do. 

We had a lazy last day on site as it was quite wet in readiness to make our way home the following day.

Google map showing location of Warwick, UK

brue commented on 16/12/2018 09:20

Commented on 16/12/2018 09:20

Glad you enjoyed Warwick and Leamington David, plenty to see in the area and probably a lot less crowded in the winter months.

Oneputt commented on 16/12/2018 12:10

Commented on 16/12/2018 12:10

Another excellent story.  We visited a couple of years ago and the best deal by far for entry fee was the 2 for 1 voucher from the Gardner's World Magazine.  We spent a lot of hours there and was thrilled by the raptor flying 

chasncath commented on 18/12/2018 11:27

Commented on 18/12/2018 11:27

The Warwick site is one of our favourites: we returned on Saturday from a 6 night stay there. The X18 bus from near the site gates whisks you to Stratford and ,as you say, there are other routes from the bus station. Warwick itself is a delight, though uphill for us oldies.

Thursday was a race day. Gypsies had occupied the Owners' car park the previous night and so the campsite was pressed into service as a car park. Every last space on the site had a car on it. No apologies or warning this was going to happen! We enjoyed our stay anyway and Cath enjoyed the racing.

chasncath commented on 18/12/2018 13:33

Commented on 18/12/2018 12:50 by DavidKlyne

Commented on 18/12/2018 13:33

The small stand has never been used on our previous race-day visits. A large TV screen comes on to site to face the main stand across the track; otherwise the site is still caravan site not open to the public. Last Thursday the site was turned into car park for owners, riders and bookies. Every space on the site had a car on it. we had two both sides of our pitch. The Jockey Club official, who came to apologize for a parking attendant's swearing at me for taking a photograph, said the Club was told the previous night that the 'invasion' would happen!

brue commented on 18/12/2018 13:38

Commented on 18/12/2018 13:38

It's a race course and things can get lively, I expect the New Years racing will be quite noisy! I think if you're staying there on race days you might have to expect the unexpected. OH spent a relatively quiet race day there but having been brought up just over the road from the site he knew it might not have been. smile

chasncath commented on 18/12/2018 14:24

Commented on 18/12/2018 14:24

"It's a race course and things can get lively" but not a wholescale occupation of the site Brue! This was extraordinary: cars parked right up to your door, every scrap of tarmac or grass parked on. No point in complaining as no one in the office to complain to.

Sorry David for hijacking you story - still like Warwick and your storysmile

brue commented on 18/12/2018 14:31

Commented on 18/12/2018 14:31

I suppose it's because the local council have ultimate control over Warwick Common, the site and the race course? Anyway glad to hear you all enjoyed your stay, even if things got a bit lively for yours Chasncath! wink