As an ardent fan of medieval history I figured what’s better than to write about a country that prides 800000 years of rich culture and heritage so here’s a glimpse of two British County Towns,Warwick and Stratford Upon Avon.
Warwick is a beautiful town with lush greenery and is situated along the banks of River Avon. The most popular attraction is the Warwick Castle which was built by William, the First Norman King of England (as known as William the Bastard) in 1068. This castle showcases one of the most fascinating architectures and behind the mighty walls lies the magnificent Great Hall, lavish state rooms and bedroom chambers. All the rooms portray grandeur and features the most prized possessions of the family. Intricate red lacquered panelling, Italian cedar panelling, decorations with silk from Lyon are the most significant focus in the Castle.
The Castle also offers an option for tourists to stay in the Knight’s chambers for one or two nights just so that you get to experience the life as royalty. They also have a Castle dungeon show which is a 50 minute walk through the dungeons, with live actors and special effects telling you the dark side of British History such as historical punishments, plaque and unfair court ruling. During this walk you are supposedly the victim and to be honest it’s a very scary 50 minutes. They also have multiple gardens, waterfalls and other picturesque sights that totally makes the visit very worthwhile.
Now moving on to the next city Stratford Upon Avon. Well this town needs no introduction as it is the birthplace of the greatest writer of all time, Shakespeare. It is located on the banks of RIver Avon in the beautiful county of Warwickshire. There are many tours available but being a Shakespeare fan I chose to do the ‘Shakespeare, our famous bard’ tour. It is certainly like reliving his time as we get to explore his school, his house and his life in context. On the weekends you get to watch ‘Hamlet’ being played in the local theatre. I could give a million reasons for you to visit these towns but I must force myself to end this post.
“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow”- William Shakespeare