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Warwick Castle: started by William the Conqueror in 1068 and the towers added during the 14th/15th centuries. The Castle's heyday was undoubtedly in medieval times when it was home to the 16th Earl, Richard Neville, known as 'Warwick the Kingmaker'. He was an influential figure during the Wars of the Roses and died in 1471 at the Battle of Barnet. His preparations for this final battle are reconstructed in a dramatic display inside the Castle. Further reminders of the Castle's warring past are shown in displays of armoury and in the medieval dungeons and torture chamber. The Castle has survived intact to the present day and during the 17th and 18th centuries was transformed from a fortress into an impressive country home. Outside, elegant gardens have been created over the years, from the 18th century Conservatory and Peacock Garden to the Victorian Rose Garden. The Pageant Field, which swoops down from the Castle to the River Avon below, was the first independent commission for 'Capability' Brown. Aside from its rich history, the Castle offers a year-round variety of special events from jousting and sieges to fireworks and Victorian weekends.

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Lord Leycester Hospital
Warwick, though dominated by its magnificent castle, has many other significant buildings of great architectural and historical importance including the Lord Leycester Hospital, with its medieval hall, and the 15th century St Mary's Church. Historic Kenilworth Castle and the Regency town of Royal Leamington Spa are also nearby.

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Royal Leamington Spa, 3 miles east of Warwick, became a fashionable watering place in the early 19th century when aristocracy and nobility came to try the curative powers of the local mineral springs. The wide, tree-lined avenues, elegant squares and impressive Regency and Victorian homes are a legacy of the wealthy society that came to visit.