A day out on 2 free tickets! - August 2008
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
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
Even the chicks have the beginings of a comb
More peacocks in the Peacock Garden
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 giant weight which powers the trebuchet is lifted by means of a human treadmill
There was also a demonstration of jousting
On one side of the castle is the river Avon
The 'Flight of the Eagles' display is excellent
The white-tailed sea eagle taking off
Another eagle gets his reward
Preparing for a flight ....
.... Launched into the air ....
.... and returning to his master.
An ungainly vulture coming in to land on the grass ....
.... perching on a log ....
.... and getting his reward
Another bird in flight
A view of the gatehouse from the Victorian rose garden
The Warwick Castle bowman shows off his skills
Ornately carved furniture in the State Rooms
A view of armour and weapons in the Great Hall
The State Dining Room
Children's entertainment within the castle courtyard
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 Gatehouse from Guy's Tower
Over the town of Warwick to St Mary's Church
Val on the curtain wall
Looking up at Caesar's Tower
The old timber-framed buildings of Mill Street from Caesar's Tower
The gardens at the end of Mill Street
Mill Steet originally gave access to the castle's Millhouse
A view of the, still working, mill wheel