Warwick Castle, said to host ‘Britain’s Greatest Mediaeval experience’, is close the Grand Union Canal and easily accessible on a canal boat holiday from Drifters’ bases at Stockton, Napton, Rugby, Tardebigge, Stoke Prior and Stretton.
The Castle, with a history dating back almost 1,100 years, offers a fantastic day out with stunning towers and ramparts to climb, 60 acres of rolling landscaped gardens to explore, Trebuchet firing demonstrations, birds of prey displays, the Castle Dungeon – highlighting some of the darkest, bloodiest and most frightening times in history, the Princess Tower, Merlin Dragon Tower, Great Hall, Georgian State Rooms, Castle Chapel and Kingmaker tour – bringing to life the Earl of Warwick’s preparations for the Battle of Barnet in 1471.
Warwick Castle also hosts a series of special events, including jousting displays, mediaeval banquets and concerts.
The historic market town of Warwick boasts numerous fine mediaeval timber framed buildings, the beautiful Collegiate Church of St Mary, St John’s Museum housed in a Jacobean mansion, a number of military museums, Warwick Racecourse, a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants and a series of attractive parks and gardens.
Warwick can easily be reached on a short break narrowboat holiday from Drifters’ base at Stockton, with seven hours of cruising and 12 locks to negotiate along the way.
Or visit Warwick by boat as part of a week’s tour of Warwickshire’s beautiful waterways, travelling the 101-mile long Warwickshire Ring.
Short breaks from Drifters’ canal boat hire base at Stockton start at £330, including fuel, weekly breaks from £470.