I moved to North Oxfordshire with my parents and brother in the early 1980’s. One of the most memorable places that we visited was Warwick Castle which wasn’t too far away from where we lived. For a history fanatic like myself it was like walking straight into a history book. My love affair with Warwick Castle began. I’ve been many times over the years, and you may remember that Monkey and I visited last month for a Mike the Knight event.
I’ve been meaning to write more about our visit ever since, but I was holding on until I could finally access my photo library.Yes, finally I have my old computer back up and running and I’ve bought an external hard drive to back up my photos.
Monkey first visited Warwick Castle in September 2011, my parents were visiting from Spain with our friend CC. It was CC’s first proper visit to England (other than a flying visit for my wedding) so we had made a list of places she must visit. Warwick Castle was at the top of the list. We headed off together was Monkey’s first visit to the castle.
It’s a proper castle, not a ruin, you can walk along the ramparts and feel the history of the place. There are optional extras should you fancy it, but really there is enough with the castle, grounds and birds of prey to keep you occupied. It has a timeless quality to it, I’ve been looking over photos from both trips and considering they are 3 years apart – you wouldn’t really be able to tell.
The first time Monkey visited Warwick Castle he was toddling about, the last time he was running around, having fun. Both trips hold special memories. The first as it was a time spent with family and friends, the later as it was me and my school boy son enjoying one of my favourite places, again with friends.
I thought I’d put a collage together of the two trips and share some of those memories with you.
I’m really looking forward to the next few years at Warwick Castle with Monkey. Sharing my love of history with him and bringing it alive for him. It’s a gem of a place to have near us. The kind of place you can’t get bored with, yes it’s quite expensive these days for families, but there is normally a deal to be had. We were given free access on our last trip and a car parking token (I continue my plea – please make parking free like the good old days).
If you want to explain medieval history to children I really can’t think of anywhere better in this part of the country. We’ll be back, bringing history alive, learning and having fun. I defy anyone to think that history is boring after a trip to Warwick Castle.
disclaimer: we were given free tickets on our recent visit to Warwick Castle, but my comments remain my own honest opinions.