2013年9月10日火曜日

Nick's memoirs of England, UK Part 7



A Man's House Is His Castle. - Part 1

For most of us, this famous quote is purely a metaphor. For William the Conqueror, it was actual fact! Yes indeed, Warwick Castle's first keep and tower was built in 1068, and thanks to the company that bought it, Tussauds Group, the castle and all its towers, ramparts and stately residences are still standing today. Well, whether you want to thank the company depends very much on your point of view. If you are a historian you nay be a little...disappointed that the castle and its grounds have largely been turned into a medieval theme park. If, however, you are a parent or fantasy buff, you will probably thank Tussauds for providing a place where chivalrous knights joust for ladies favours and giant machines of war fling massive stones far into the distance. Oh, did I mention you can try your hand at archery, explore a dungeon, watch giant birds of prey and see a dragon, too? Yep, its all there...for a price, naturally. This is a family and tourist attraction, so expect Warwick Castle to be pretty crowded and expect tourist prices for food and drinks. Bring food for your own picnic and your wallet and taste buds will thank you.

Warwick Castle is not for those who want peace and quiet, either. Epic movie music blasts through the courtyard and accompanies the knights as they drive their lances at each other. If you do start feeling a little stressed and want a bit more privacy, the gardens are massive and quite beautiful. You can also climb the 500 or so stairs to the top of the ramparts and towers. Its a bit quieter at the top and the views are great. You should know, though, its a one way walk. Once you start the climb to the the top of the towers there is no going back! Why? Space. Its a very narrow walkway and it is single file all the way. 


There is no denying that Warwick Castle is probably the most refurbished and complete castle in all of England. There is also no denying that it is the most expensive. I guess feeding a dragon is not cheap.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8

講師の紹介:Nick
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