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Castle Exteriors

Gardens

Over 64 acres of luscious grounds and gardens to explore at Warwick Castle!
Conservatory And Peacock Gardens

Grounds & Gardens

Within the 64 acres of rolling landscaped gardens, discover the sculptured topiary peacocks and an island with a secret past.

The first mention of the gardens is during 1576, which coincided with the visit of Queen Elizabeth I, and consisted of a series of coloured gravel pathways and formal patterns of herbs and shrubs. Between 1604 and 1628, Sir Fulke Greville’s renovation of the castle saw the planting of new gardens which were without parallel in this part of England; however they were dug out during the Civil War to act as a further castle defence. It wasn’t until the 1750s when Warwick Castle transformed into a stately home that the development of the gardens became a priority.

Under the instruction of the 1st Earl of Warwick, the gardens were transformed under one of Britain’s greatest landscape gardeners, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. It is believed that Warwick Castle was Brown’s first independent castle commission and his achievements here won him praise and national recognition. Although there have been many changes since Brown’s time, the overall layout is still ultimately his and continues to be maintained by our passionate grounds and gardens team.