After taking some time to appreciate the delicious food and colourful peacocks proudly strutting around, next on the agenda was to explore Warwick Castle's breathtakingly beautiful interiors! I've developed quite an appreciation for grand, flamboyant interior design and as much as I admire modern, minimalistic designs, I can't help but find my eyes opening a little wider for lavish state rooms, eccentric gold leaf frames and similar subjects. The Great Hall made for a brilliant introduction to the medieval castle and very much left me wondering how on Earth I could have forgotten such a place. The Great Hall is the largest room in the Castle and contains various suits of armour, as well as wedding settings/preparation on the day I found myself there - seriously, can you imagine a greater place to say 'I do'?!
Many other rooms can be found trailing on from The Great Hall, including The State Rooms that have been 'extended, altered and embellished over the centuries to provide the best possible environment to entertain', as well as to 'display the family's most prestigious possessions'. One thing is for certain, any extensions, alterations and embellishments enforced throughout the castle have been well and truly worth it - each space is spectacular and very much encourages visitors to whip out their cameras!
Interestingly, I saw some restorative work going on at Warwick Castle and so out of curiosity I did some research once I'd returned home. It turns out Merlin Entertainments' Warwick Castle has spent over £6,000,000 on restoration work in the last ten years alone - incredible!
Before continuing my tour of all that Warwick Castle had to offer, I took a while to appreciate the peaceful Chapel accessed through a winding corridor, a place of tranquility authorised by Sir Fulke in the early 1600s. From there, I continued on to The Music Room, which was unquestionably one of the favourite features of my visit. An information sheet displayed within the room explained how while the gentleman discussed business and hunting, the ladies would gather in this room to 'unwind to the soft sound of the piano'. Speaking as someone who has played the piano for over a decade, I'll admit I had to resist the urge to boot the waxwork off the stool and take his place in front of the instrument. Though in hindsight, I probably shouldn't have given any of the waxwork figures shady looks considering how eerily lifelike they were - Madame Tussauds is another of Merlin Entertainments's attractions!