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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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Restoration

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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