Warwick Castle's origins date back to before 1066, and although not used as a Royal residence, but rather as the seat of the Earls of Warwick, its history is tied inextricably to the throne through the influence held by the castle's Lords. Today, the castle is owned by the Tussaud's Group, which has refurbished most of the original grounds, and which has begun to use the Castle as the setting for an annual wax pageant featuring historical figures. A new addition to the Castle's programme of events and activities is the ghoulish Warwick Dungeon, which features a thrilling 'Witches of Warwick' exhibition that is guaranteed to delight young and old visitors alike. Note that children under the age of 10 might find the Castle Dungeon experience a little scary, so please exercise good judgement.
Address: Warwick, Warwickshire
Telephone: 0871 265 2000
Transport: Warwick Castle is about 1 mile (1.6km) from Warwick Train Station
Opening times: Open daily, from 10am to 6pm (31 March to 30 September), and from 10am to 5pm (1 January to 30 March and 1 October to 31 December)
Admission: Ticket prices, for adults, range from Â£14.88 to Â£20.64 depending on the attractions visited. Please check the website for details. Note that tickets are cheaper if you book them online