Lord Leycester Hospital: founded in 1571 by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and a favourite of Elizabeth I. The magnificent buildings include a unique, 14th century chantry Chapel set over the town's west gate, and a medieval Great Hall.
St John's Museum: an early Jacobean mansion with 19th century period kitchen, parlour and schoolroom. Also houses the museum of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Warwick Doll Museum closed in 2004 and the collection is currently undergoing conservation. Part of the collection can be seen at the new doll and toy display at St. John's.
Kenilworth Castle, 4 miles north of Warwick, is linked with some of the greatest names in history. With its Tudor gardens, Norman keep and John of Gaunt's Great Hall, Kenilworth is one of the most impressive castle ruins in England. It is now run by English Heritage.
St Mary's Church: the original tower and nave were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1694 but the eastern end fortunately survived. This includes the 15th century Beauchamp Chapel, one of the most opulent and elaborate family memorials in Britain.
The Queen's Own Hussars Museum: housed in the Lord Leycester Hospital and covering over 300 years' history of the senior light cavalry regiment of the British Army.
Warwickshire Museum: with its displays of Archaeology, Geology and Natural History, The Great Fire of Warwick and Sheldon's Tapestry Map. The Museum is housed in the Market Hall.
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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