Warwick Castle: Knights Maidens Horsemen and History

What to do at Warwick Castle
What to do at Warwick Castle

Stepping Back In Time

Castles aren't just for adults, sometimes when a Castle puts on a display, games or fun for the kids it can be a great day out for everyone. As I discovered a few days ago.

I have been meaning to visit Warwick Castle for a long time, so imagine my delight when I was offered a free ride with a couple of friends and their children.

Here we take a look at some of the main attractions, and add my two pennith worth of good and bad stuff that the keepers of the castle so to speak need to sort out for a more enjoyable day.


Warwick Castle Warwickshire England

Hidden Gems

First of all make sure you get there early. By the time you have walked around the castle then explored the grounds, it can be quite tiring especially for little feet. So pace yourself.

Along with the displays there are plenty of tents with hidden treasures for the kids selling swords, shields and other paraphernalia.

The one thing that delighted me was the fact that there were hidden gardens with fountains and Peacocks, and a lovely rose garden to just chill out and take a breath.

So what's the best way to take in the whole day and make sure you don't miss anything?

Peacock and fountains at Warwick Castle
Peacock and fountains at Warwick Castle
Watch out for the Princess!
Watch out for the Princess!

Plan Your Itinerary.

This is what worked for me. Of course you may take time over some of the things, rush through others, but this took us right up too closing time.

  • Arrived at around 11 am
  • Long walk from the car park to the entrance, around 15 minutes.
  • There can be a large crowd waiting to pay so make sure that you get in the right queue. We didn't and wasted around 10 minutes in the Card queue, check as you approach the entrance. Inside the main gates leading to the first courtyard is the pay by money booths.
  • The main Bailey or courtyard within the Castle is a great place to sit and eat a picnic. There are food stalls within this part of the Castle.
  • Okay, after making sure kids have been to the toilets, long trek in between each toilets! Then head into the Castle for a good look around at the rooms.
  • Afterwards take a stroll across the courtyard grass and go out into the fields beyond. If you take a stroll down to the river Avon on the left, you will see the setup for the Knights to do the Jousting. This is usually every couple of hours.
  • After the Jousting head back and watch the Birds of Prey. This was amazing! I loved it!
  • By this time its around 4 pm so you can then begin to chill out and have a well earned rest by heading back across the field to the Peacock gardens where you will see beautiful Peacocks and lovely fountains. Its a great way to take a breath and just relax.
  • If you are more inclined towards flowers, then just behind this garden is the Rose Garden. I don't have to explain how amazing this is, it is just wonderful!
  • By this time its around 5 pm, so you can either head towards the shop tents or if you have little kids they will enjoy the children's play area.

Rose Garden Warwick Castle
Rose Garden Warwick Castle | Source

Pro's and Con's.

Do's
Don'ts
Ticket Prices
Do take your own food as its really expensive to buy inside the Castle.
Don't wear high heels or unsuitable shoes as its a 15 minute walk from the car park to the Castle!
£24.60/$38.33 Adult
Do leave early to take in all that the Castle has to offer.
Don't pay 6 pounds/10 dollars for the car park as its at least a mile walk to the entrance! Always buy the 10 pound car park ticket which takes you nearer to the main entrance.
£21.60/$33.66 Child
Take spare cash, even though you may have bought the tickets over the Internet you will need money for the Dungeon which is separate, and extra food and toys.
Always be careful to pick up bags, we lost a bag and it took ages to find it.
Online Prices £18.45 Adult £16.20 Child
My friends two little girls in front of a lily pond in the rose garden Warwick Castle
My friends two little girls in front of a lily pond in the rose garden Warwick Castle | Source

What Did You Think Of The Overall Visit To Warwick Castle?

  • Loved it!
  • Bit Disappointed!
  • Have never been but would love to visit!
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horsemen at Warwick Castle
horsemen at Warwick Castle | Source

Can They Improve Anything?

Well yes there are a few things that ticked me off slightly. For starters I think its appalling that the Car park fee's are 6 and 10 pounds. Nearly 25 pounds entrance fee is a lot of money. To charge this amount for parking space I believe is just greed.

On top of this, I think its terrible that the walk between the 6 pound carpark and the Castle entrance is over 15 minutes long. That is pretty much nearly a mile long! For 4 pounds more you can park near the Castle entrance. I believe this should be made more clear on booking over the Internet. Especially if you have a disabled family member or friend. Even an older person would struggle.

I think they should introduce a small road train to pick up visitors.

Also I was not impressed that you have to pay an extra 9 pounds to go down into the dungeon. That should be incorporated into the Castle entrance fee.

And last but not least.....!

Make sure you check out all the inside of the Castle. I made the mistake of wandering round the 19th Century part which was fun, as it had wax work models for the kids. But I never got to see the secret rooms such as the Bear Tower that belonged the Richard III. When I realised, it was too late and we were back home. I could have kicked myself as I love history!


They Got Me!

The good old Stocks!
The good old Stocks! | Source

Food

Don't worry if you forget to take your own food, there are plenty of food stalls inside and around the Castle inner courtyard. Not only do they have Castle Burger King stalls there are little cafe's dotted around where you can eat a varied selection.

  1. The Conservatory Tea House
  2. Undercroft Pizza and Pasta
  3. The Coach House Restaurant
  4. Afternoon Tea.

And many more little side stalls too. And of course an abundance of ice cream for those little mouths that need constant feeding!

You can get to chat with the Knights before the Tournament! And see the horses too!
You can get to chat with the Knights before the Tournament! And see the horses too!

So Who Lived In Warwick Castle?

The original Warwick Castle was built in 1068 by William the Conqueror. Originally it was a wooden Motte - and Bailey castle. In the 12th century it was rebuilt in stone.

These are some of the early residents of Warwick Castle, and the history surrounding them.

  • 914 earthen rampart was constructed.
  • 1068 William the Conqueror builds the first fort.
  • 1088 The 1st earl of Warwick is appointed his name is Henry de Beaumont.
  • 1242 the title changes, and John Du Plessis.
  • 1260 Castle rebuilt in stone.
  • 1263 The Castle changes hands once more, this time taken over by William Maudit.

For more information about who lived in Warwick Castle and the battles that were fought there please go to:

Warwick Castle History


And What About Glamping?

The great thing about Warwick Castle is that its open every day of the year, apart from Christmas day of course. Even Knights and Knaves need their rest for one day!

The best time to visit is Spring or Summer mainly because most of the action takes place outside. But I am sure they cater for the Winter months too.

Nearly forgot!

Don't forget the Glamping!

What the heck is Glamping? Well its Glamorous Camping of course! Stay overnight or maybe even a week in the Medieval tents! With all mod cons of course!

For prices check out their main website as they may change at different times of the year.

So all in all a great day out!

Inside....

Glamping have fun camping at Warwick Castle
Glamping have fun camping at Warwick Castle

Outside.....!

Glamping camping!
Glamping camping!

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ducktoessite 15 months ago from Calgary, Alberta

I love Warwick castle and this is a great job of describing it thoroughly.


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billybuc 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

What a great place to visit, Nell. Thanks for taking me along. I hope I didn't disturb you too much. :) I can't even imagine...we have no frame of reference here in the States. I'll just have to live vicariously through your adventures.


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hi ducktoessite, thanks so much, it was an awesome day!


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hiya billy, lol! you are always welcome! you would love it I am sure, thanks as always, nell


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sallybea 15 months ago from Norfolk

Very interesting and a great place to visit.

Money, Money and more Money, blimey these places sure know where to hurt you in the pocket. Such a shame as our history should be made much more available to people. They say that London is one of the most expensive places in the world to get a piece of art and culture and this seems no different.

Simply love the photo of the Peacock. Bet the kids loved them. So glad you got the opportunity. I hope I do sometime.


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hi Sally, yes it was pure luck that we got to visit, my friend had freebies from the newspapers getting us all in cheap! lol! I think we paid 20 pounds for five people which would be well over 100 pounds normally. Its well worth taking your own food etc you save so much, but to be fair the rest is well worth the entrance fee, thanks for reading, nell


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AliciaC 15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for an interesting and enjoyable tour, Nell. The castle sounds like it's well worth visiting and the photos are lovely. Like you, though, I don't like the prices!


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bravewarrior 15 months ago from Central Florida

Glamping looks like it would be a lot of fun. You could pretend to be royalty for as long as you stay.

I'm surprised you got as much done as you did. I would think touring the inside of the castle could take the better part of a day itself.

As I watched the video I was pleased that I've heard of the battles mentioned. I guess I paid more attention in history classes than I thought I did!

Thanks for sharing this with us Nell. I just love it when you take us on an unexpected journey!


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alancaster149 15 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

Hello Nell, you were definitely not wholly delighted in your dalliance with the derring-do. Write to them to suggest your changes. (Obviously nobody else has). Although you had a full day out, it's a cash-pit that's for sure. I've thought about looking at Colchester, or Castle Rising (in Norfolk I think), I might yet do after the car's been fixed next month.

Nice pics, Nell


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Thanks Alicia, yes they are a bit steep aren't they? but to be honest they do cover all day, so its worth it, but always take your own food! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hiya bravewarrior, I must admit I didn't get to see the dungeons or some of the innards of the castle purely because we had two little girls with us who were into everything! lol! but what we did see was awesome!


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hi alan, I think Warwick Castle is a bit more expensive purely because of the entertainment, whereas other castles are just castles, but to be honest I think it was worth it, because I love castles and am a big kid! lol! thanks again, and always great to see you, nell


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lilyfly 15 months ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Oh, heck w/ the castle, Nell, I'll take one of those knights you've showed!!! Giddyup! Heeheehee! An awesome job, as usual!


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Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

thank you so much Nell for taking me on your vacation virtually.. love the costumes of yesteryear and the castle a wonderfully entertaining hub :) Frank


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hiya lily, lol! yes you can have a Knight in shining armour! always great to see you!


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hiya Frank, yes I love castles so much, all that history, this one was awesome! thanks for reading, nell


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Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

Oh, I love castles too, Nell! If my ship ever comes in : ) ...I am going to hop on a plane with my two granddaughters and visit Warwick Castle. The gardens are lovely. I hate you missed the inside part. I would have kicked myself too. Your photos are great.

At a popular amusement park here in the States called Six Flags, they have incorporated trolleys of sort to come around and pick up everyone from the large parking lot, which does save a lot of walking and time. That is crazy to charge so much for parking and then the separate thing too once inside. I hope they take you up on your suggestions for improvement.

Great hub, and thank you for taking us along with you!


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MartieCoetser 15 months ago from South Africa

Thanks for this interesting hub and video about the Warwick Castle, Nell. It's so hard to accept the audacity and cruelty of human beings opposed to their great achievements. Will justice ever reign, one can but only ponder.


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Thanks Faith, glad you liked it, yes there were a few things that definitely needed changing, but apart from that it was great fun day out! lol! and yes get on over here! you would love it!


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hi Martie, yes some of that history was appalling wasn't it? I am just glad its how it is today! thanks so much for reading, nell


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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida

Thanks, Nell, for this fascinating introduction to Warwick Castle and its sights. Looks like a fun place for all ages. Sorry you missed seeing the Bear Tower. Not to worry though. You can take it all in when you return for your glamping vacation.

Oh, don't worry about being in the stocks. I'll get you out if it takes me 20 years!


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

LOL! yes get me outta those stocks! thanks drbj, glad you liked it, it was an amazing day, nell


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FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

they do need to be more forthright about the 15 minute walk in the case of disabled or elderly patrons, young families, or those with crutches. I like the idea of glamping.


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Pollyanna Jones 15 months ago from United Kingdom

This is a really good intro article for people to the site. Warwick Castle certainly does well as a "Mediaeval Theme Park", but it can be a bit cheesy if you don't enjoy the commercialism of the place. It's great for kids, and I've always enjoyed our visits. But yes, it can be an expensive day out! Insider tip - you can get tickets with £5 worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers, and there are often 2-for-1 ticket offers available in the summer when you go to certain supermarkets, buy certain products, etc. A bit tricky to organise though if you are a visitor from abroad though.


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

HI Flourish, yes that walk is a nightmare! we were carrying bags full of food, and it was really heavy, lol! yes maybe we should'nt have taken so much food, but still, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hi Pollyanna, yes it is a bit commercial, but fun. the kids loved it though, but as an adult not sure they would have loved that, I will keep an eye on those tickets worth five pounds at tesco, thank you. Nell


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WillStarr 15 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Excellent descriptions and advice, Nell. We hope to visit the UK in the next few years, so we'll keep this in mind! Thank you.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

This is a place I'd love to visit esp. the gardens, fountains and the rose garden. Your photos were lovely. Loved this. Thank you..


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Thanks so much Will, glad you liked it, and I hope you manage to get that visit over here, there is so much to see, nell


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Thanks Ruby, yes it is a great place to visit, not just the castle but the gardens too, not many castles give you everything, but this one definitely does, nell


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ChitrangadaSharan 15 months ago from New Delhi, India

Thanks Nell, for an interesting and enjoyable tour!

The Warwick castle sounds worth visiting and the video and photos are lovely.

Thanks for taking us along!


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hi Chitrangada, thanks so much, yes it was an awesome day!


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annart 15 months ago from SW England

I love Warwick Castle but haven't visited for a long time. It seems to have much more to offer now and it's certainly much more expensive!

Why is it that things are so costly in this country? I think it has something to do with not having state funding. In France, many places are cheaper and there are also fewer restrictions on access.

I agree with you that an entrance fee should cover everything inside; bit of a cheek to charge extra for this and that.

The Midlands have some great places to visit and the area has pretty countryside too. I went to college not far from there so took advantage of it to see a few.

Great hub with lots of useful info. Sharing.

Ann


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hi Ann, yes England is so darn expensive! it drives me nuts sometimes! even going into london takes a couple of hundred to visit including tea etc. at least museums are free, but castles these days are a nightmare price. mind you I do think this one is worth it, its amazing! thanks so much for reading, nell


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annart 15 months ago from SW England

Yes, it sounds like it's worth it. Another place worth the money (almost!) is the Roman Baths in Bath, Somerset. Am drafting a hub on that as we speak! It's also a great place to go into away from the rain - we've had a lot here lately.

Luckily, I'm off to France next week; but then, it'll probably be scorching hot here once I've gone!


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

HI Ann, I have never visited the Baths, which I am quite annoyed with myself about, lol! I hope you have a great time in France, bring the weather back with you will you? lol! thanks again, nell


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RTalloni 15 months ago from the short journey

What a great outing this would be! Thanks for a really neat overview that includes super tips on making the most of a visit to Warwick Castle. Now I want to pack...


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hi Rtalloni lol! yes its well worth it, hope you get to visit it sometime, and thanks, nell


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Jackie Lynnley 15 months ago from The Beautiful South

This sounds so great! Sorry you missed some, maybe one day you can go Glamping. lol Things like this sure wear me out but I can still manage them and love them. Course I will never get to see a castle!

Congrats on your award!


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Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

CONGRATS ON TWO HUBBIES THIS YEAR, Nell!

Well-deserved.


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Vellur 15 months ago from Dubai

Warwick Castle seems to be a great place to visit, I would love to someday! Enjoyed the visit through your hub and pics. Glamping sounds like great fun with all the modern amenities!


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Thanks Jackie! always great to hear from you, and I am sure you can get over here and visit one of those castles, give me a yell I will come with you! lol!


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Thanks Faith, you too, congrats! :)


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hi Vellur, it does sound fun doesn't it? Maybe I will give it a go! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Jackie Lynnley 15 months ago from The Beautiful South

I sure will if I hit the lottery and we will paint up the town!


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ChitrangadaSharan 15 months ago from New Delhi, India

Hi Nell!

Came back to congratulate you for your well deserved Hubbie award!

I feel honoured and happy to follow you! Thank you!


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lawrence01 15 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Nell

Its been nearly twenty years since I was last in the UK. At the time my wife (who's kiwi born and bred) and got the chance to see both Windsor and Warwick castles.

Windsor was good, but Warwick was history! I can still remember seeing the room where Winston Churchill (okay it was the waxwork) was explaining why it might be a good idea for him to go into politics! Or the waxworks explaining how the Earl of Warwick once had two English Kings in his jails at the same time (Richard III and Henry VII)

awesome hub

Lawrence

(I don't remember the parking charges though :)


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Now that would be amazing wouldn't it? lol! thanks Jackie!


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hi Chitrangada, Aw thanks so much, that is such a compliment!


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

HI Lawrence, yes I saw those too! it was amazing wasn't it? I love the waxworks, it really brought it alive! glad you liked it, the hub and the castle! lol! thanks


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marcoujor 15 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

What a well detailed and realistic description of your trip to the Warwick Castle- your pictures make us feel we're right there with you.

Congratulations on your two Hubbie awards as well.


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hi Maria, thanks so much, and yes Warwick Castle was amazing! I love Castles but adding the entertainment was really great!


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DDE 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great work and so interesting.


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tillsontitan 15 months ago from New York

You never disappoint Nell and neither does Warwick Castle! I know I'd love it and you seem to have included everything necessary for a good visit.

Things are a lot newer here in the States and we sometimes forget that. Seeing castles like this is a good reminder. Well done my friend.


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Thanks DDE glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

Hiya Mary, yes I love Castles, and all our history over here in England, so much to see, in fact today they have just discovered a new Stonehenge! thanks as always, nell


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida

Great photos Nell and I do feel as if I have gotten quite a peek at all of the goings on in this the virtual tour.

It sounds like a lovely way to spend a day ....

Angels are once again headed your way ps


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Nell Rose 14 months ago from England Author

Hi ps, thanks so much, yes it was amazing!


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sujaya venkatesh 13 months ago

love to have such adventures


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Nell Rose 13 months ago from England Author

Thanks sujaya, glad you liked it, nell


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ChitrangadaSharan 6 months ago from New Delhi, India

Came back to read your interesting hub once again. Thanks for an interesting and enjoyable tour.

The castle sounds worth visiting and the photos are lovely. Your photo looks good and interesting. Thanks for including the Do's and Dont's and the ticket prices . This is really useful information!

Thank you!


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Nell Rose 6 months ago from England Author

Thanks again Chitrangada! ;)

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