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The Mighty Trebuchet Talk

Medieval Seige Machine

This is the largest siege machine in the world. The colossal catapult is an authentic recreation of one of the biggest and most deadly military machines of all time.

Over the last 14 years our mighty Trebuchet has thrown over 6,500 rocks but has now encountered some unexpected mechanical faults. So we can try to throw another 6,500 rocks, we have started the difficult job of searching for a new throwing arm – not an easy task. We hope to be launching the machine again soon.

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The Trebuchet Talk

Understand the inner workings of this medieval siege machine from one of our trained Trebuchet masters during the Trebuchet Talk. 

 

From 4th April - 2nd November. 

Show times are 11:30pm and 4:30pm. 

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The Trebuchet

As castle defences improved over the centuries, tactics and weaponry required to attack a castle also needed to develop. Siege machines were developed from the 13th century, of which the Trebuchet was one of the largest and most formidable. It was essentially a huge catapult. Trebuchets were used to launch large projectiles in an attempt to breach the castle walls. Large rocks or stones were the most common ammunition but there are records of other more unusual materials being used including incendiary projectiles to cause fire, dead animal carcasses or sewage to spread disease, and the heads or limbs of prisoners to strike fear into the enemy. During peak siege warfare a skilled crew would attempt to launch a projectile every six minutes.

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Building the Trebuchet

The Trebuchet at Warwick Castle was built in 2005 and is based on designs from the 13th and 14th centuries. It was constructed with the support of Dr Peter Vemming from The Mediaeval Centre in Nykobing, Denmark, and the Wiltshire Oak company.

Latest information for guests regarding Covid-19

Further to recent updates from the Government on the response to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the very difficult decision to close Warwick Castle and Knight’s Village as a precautionary measure from Friday 20th March at 4pm, until further notice. While we always look forward to welcoming visitors, we believe that this decision is the right thing to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees and guests.

If you have pre-booked a short break or Warwick Castle tickets, please do not travel.

Warwick Castle will remain closed until further notice. We are in contact with the relevant authorities and will work to reopen the attraction to guests as soon as it’s appropriate to do so. We will be contacting guests with bookings to stay at Knight’s Village between today (19th March 2020) and 25th April to advise them on how to rearrange or cancel their bookings.

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