Warwick Castle – Warwick, Warwickshire, England
England’s Finest Medieval Castle
For nine centuries at the heart of British history, the magnificent feudal fortress of Warwick is the country’s finest medieval castle. Its commanding position on an escarpment above the River Avon was described as “the most noble site in England” by no less a connoisseur than Sir Walter Scott. Originally built to keep visitors out, it is more visited than any other English house in private hands, and the second most visited castle after Windsor.
The guards at the gate keep the long lines moving within the monumental Norman walls. One of Europe’s most important collections of medieval armor and weaponry is on display, together with paintings by such old masters as Rubens and Van Dyck.
The castle’s bellicose character is best viewed from outdoors, although it was tempered in the 18th century by 60 acres of grounds, landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, where preening peacocks have since taken up residence.