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Brief description of site

The site has an 18th-century park and river landscape around a medieval castle. The grounds occupy about 280 hectares. The gardens were largely remodeled in the 19th and 20th centuries, and feature the Peacock topiary garden, a Victorian rose garden, and a glasshouse.

Brief history of site

In 1068 William I built a motte and bailey castle between the town and the north side of the River Avon. The eleventh Earl of Warwick began a programme of rebuilding after 1329. Sir Fulke Greville spent some £20,000 restoring the Castle and laying out new gardens in the late-16th and early-17th centuries. The fourth Lord Brooke undertook a major programme of restoration and improvement between 1669 and 1678. In 1749 Lancelot Brown was called in to complete the removal of the formal gardens. Brown made further changes to the pleasure grounds in 1753, and from 1755 began to landscape Castle Park which was extended in 1760. In 1868-9 Robert Marnock was commissioned to design new formal gardens.

Location information:

Address: Warwick Castle, Warwick, CV34 4QU

Locality: Warwick

Local Authorities:

Warwickshire; Warwick; Warwick

Historical County: Warwickshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 151 Grid Ref: SP284647
Latitude: 52.2797 Longitude: -1.58514

Directions:

Centre of Warwick.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily except Christmas Day. Core opening hours are 10am to 5pm.

Visitor information:

Refreshments. WCs. Shop. Disabled access.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: castle

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 280

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