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History & Restoration

Discover over 1100 years of Warwick Castle

When you visit you are helping us keep the Castle alive, as well as supporting our continuing restoration programme.
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History of Warwick Castle

Attacked in 1264, besieged in 1642 and damage by fire in 1871, the Castle has nevertheless survived the ever-changing fortunes of history. Warwick Castle remained under the stewardship of many Earls of Warwick until 1978. The property was then taken over by The Tussauds Group, which later became Merlin Entertainments Group in 2007 and remains under their guardianship today.

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Warwick Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade 1 listed building, therefore requires constant investment and upkeep for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. Maintaining a national monument involves extensive costs and the Castle receives no grants or financial support from the government or any public body. Funds for this work are raised solely from guests’ admission revenue.

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Earls of Warwick

With over 1100 years of Warwick Castle history, we have had many Earls who have governed the castle, even helping to shape England's history!

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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.

Please click here to find out how your booking is affected and who to contact if you need further assistance.