On Sunday, before I could barely recuperate from Saturday’s excitements, I got myself out of the room for another adventure!
Hey ho, not going to waste a beautiful day away!
I was terribly excited cos hey, I was going to a place of kings, princes and knights! 😀
I’ve always been an avid reader. When I was a kid, I poured over books, including fairytales which spoke of grand castles, beautiful princesses and charming princes. You could say a part of my childhood sprung back to live the moment I saw the castle!
This time round though, I wasn’t alone.
A whole bunch of the exchange students from my hall decided to go on the trip together and oh boy, did they make it even more enjoyable!
Don’t get me wrong. Warwick Castle is a FUN place (I don’t know how I can emphasise that more) but great company is always icing to the cake.
Warwick Castle (pronounced WORR-ick) is a medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. It was used as a stronghold until the early 17th century, when it was granted to Sir Fulke Greville by James I in 1604. Sir Fulke Greville converted it to a country house. It was owned by the Greville family, who became earls of Warwick in 1759, until 1978 when it was bought by the Tussauds Group. In 2001, Warwick Castle was named one of Britain’s “Top 10 historic houses and monuments” by the British Tourist Authority; the list included Tower of London, Stonehenge, and Edinburgh Castle. Warwick Castle was recognised as Britain’s best castle by the Good Britain Guide 2003.
In a nutshell, Warwick Castle is half-castle, half-themepark.
You can see characters walking the grounds, ranging from kings, princesses, guards to housemaids. They are all dressed up and interact with the visitors, and oh boy, do the children love them!
Ok, I admit, I was pretty excited too! Hehe. Hey, I even saw a beautiful princess! 😛
One of the first things we did was to climb the castle walls. Oh boyyyyyy. We were given fair warning beforehand!
They were NOT kidding when they said the steps are steep!
Imagine climbing 530 of those! Mintak ampuuuunnn!
But I’ve got to say, the view more than made up for the tiring climb.
It was so peaceful at the top of the tower and along the castle walls. It is quite mindblowing, to think that centuries earlier, men stood at the same spot guarding the castle. Though I honestly think that it will be hard to fathom any threat coming if it was this peaceful:
Okay maybe I will just make a very distracted guard. 😛
We eventually made it to the end of the castle walls trail and my goodness, by the end of it, I was thinking that the guards in the olden days must have really been hot (as in drop-dead gorgeous hubba hubba sexy kinda hot, hehe) and muscular with all the exercise they get from going up and down the stairs every day! 😛
So anyway, I mentioned earlier in the excerpt that Warwick Castle and much of the land surrounding it were bought over by Madame Tussauds group in 1978 (for a measly sum of $1.5 million by the way!!). If you’re thinking the name sounds familiar then… you’re right. The same Madame Tussauds that has wax museums all over the world!
It wasn’t surprising therefore, to see so many wax figurines around the place.
I personally felt that it enhanced the whole experience for me – allowed me to better imagine how the place was like back in the 16th century.
There were 2 primary ‘exhibitions’ which made use of these wax figurines: the first was in the tower, depicting the preparation for war and the second was in the main house, depicting the aristocrats’ lifes in the castle.
Mind you, they looked pretty darn real!
Spot the non-figurine. 😛
Okay I’ve just got to put it out here:I truly felt like I was walking through the set of Game of Thrones AND Downton Abbey as I was walking through the grounds, especially whilst in the tower and in the main house.
Blame it on my overactive imagination but seriously, it just felt so surreal….
Of course the cynic in me popped out too cos I just couldn’t… comprehend the stark difference between the different ranks of society.
Tell me, would it not have crossed your mind too if right after you walked through the towers, you go through these:
I just…. cannot imagine living such a life. I mean, I cannot just accept such a sharp dichotomy and the extravagance. This is still happening today, in the houses and palaces of the monarchies around the world. Just, wow.
Talk about sense of entitlement aye?
But no, this entry isn’t about these heavy stuff so I shall not delve deeper into this. I’ve got my academic essays to vent out that shit. 😛
Back to Warwick!
A feature I really liked about Warwick was the many tours they conducted, ranging from a tour of the castle and its history, to a tour of the staterooms in the main house. Helps to keep one grounded when exploring the place, you know.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that the tour guides were all pretty good-looking. 😛
We also went to a couple of shows around the grounds!
Flight of the Eagle
This one, I felt was the grand finale of the whole trip. Imagine a huge fireball being flung across a field!
That was basically how we ended the day. Had to rush back to the bus to head back to Manchester before you know… we ended up getting left behind.
Though I probably wouldn’t mind staying the night in Warwick Castle. Who knows who or what we’ll get to meet in the night! 😛