Warwick Castle

A day out on 2 free tickets! - August 2008

We started our day at <a href='http://www.warwick-castle.co.uk/' target='_blank'>Warwick Castle</a> by visiting the conservatory

We started our day at Warwick Castle by visiting the conservatory

Inside is a replica of the Warwick Vase, a Roman marble carving discovered in Rome ca.1771

Inside is a replica of the Warwick Vase, a Roman marble carving discovered in Rome ca.1771

The original, for which the conservatory was originally designed in 1786, has been moved to the Burrell Collection in Glasgow

The original, for which the conservatory was originally designed in 1786, has been moved to the Burrell Collection in Glasgow

A peahen with her chicks outside the conservatory

A peahen with her chicks outside the conservatory

Even the chicks have the beginings of a comb

Even the chicks have the beginings of a comb

More peacocks in the Peacock Garden

More peacocks in the Peacock Garden

The view from the Conservatory towards the river Avon

The view from the Conservatory towards the river Avon

The Trebuchet, a working replica of a thirteenth century seige machine, is a giant sling which is fired twice a day.

The Trebuchet, a working replica of a thirteenth century seige machine, is a giant sling which is fired twice a day.

The giant weight which powers the trebuchet is lifted by means of a human treadmill

The giant weight which powers the trebuchet is lifted by means of a human treadmill

There was also a demonstration of jousting

There was also a demonstration of jousting

On one side of the castle is the river Avon

On one side of the castle is the river Avon

The 'Flight of the Eagles' display is excellent

The 'Flight of the Eagles' display is excellent

The white-tailed sea eagle taking off

The white-tailed sea eagle taking off

Another eagle gets his reward

Another eagle gets his reward

Preparing for a flight ....

Preparing for a flight ....

.... Launched into the air ....

.... Launched into the air ....

.... and returning to his master.

.... and returning to his master.

An ungainly vulture coming in to land on the grass ....

An ungainly vulture coming in to land on the grass ....

.... perching on a log ....

.... perching on a log ....

.... and getting his reward

.... and getting his reward

Another bird in flight

Another bird in flight

A view of the gatehouse from the Victorian rose garden

A view of the gatehouse from the Victorian rose garden

The Warwick Castle bowman shows off his skills

The Warwick Castle bowman shows off his skills

Ornately carved furniture in the State Rooms

Ornately carved furniture in the State Rooms

A view of armour and weapons in the Great Hall

A view of armour and weapons in the Great Hall

The State Dining Room

The State Dining Room

Children's entertainment within the castle courtyard

Children's entertainment within the castle courtyard

Visitors queuing for the Ghost Tower and the Mound, viewed from Guy's Tower

Visitors queuing for the Ghost Tower and the Mound, viewed from Guy's Tower

The Chapel, Great Hall and State Rooms from Guy's Tower

The Chapel, Great Hall and State Rooms from Guy's Tower

The Gatehouse from Guy's Tower

The Gatehouse from Guy's Tower

Over the town of Warwick to St Mary's Church

Over the town of Warwick to St Mary's Church

Val on the curtain wall

Val on the curtain wall

Looking up at Caesar's Tower

Looking up at Caesar's Tower

The old timber-framed buildings of Mill Street from Caesar's Tower

The old timber-framed buildings of Mill Street from Caesar's Tower

The gardens at the end of Mill Street

The gardens at the end of Mill Street

Mill Steet originally gave access to the castle's Millhouse

Mill Steet originally gave access to the castle's Millhouse

A view of the, still working, mill wheel

A view of the, still working, mill wheel