In place of the old Merlin tower which visitors used to have to pay to explore there is a new experience that is free to enter. "The Time Tower knits together compelling verbal stories from the Middle Ages, War of The Roses, The Tudors and the Victorian era into a time-travelling narrative brought vividly to life by the very latest visual technologies."
When we arrived at Warwick Castle we were treated to a special lunch in the new Conservatory Tea House which is in the old orangery. We have visited so many times and commented on how nice it would be to have tea in there and hey presto! Tea House!
We then had our tour of the new Time Tower. It really interesting and the special effects were fantastic. A little video about the history of Warwick Castle from the Dark Ages leads the way to a 3D model of the castle with projections showing how the castle has changed over the years. Narrated by the castles owners over the years I really felt like history was coming to life before my eyes.
We then went into a gallery where all of the images were interactive, it was like something from Harry Potter. The castles inhabitants recalled all of its bloody history and there was plenty of humour thrown in for good measure.
I probably wouldn't pay extra for this experience as it was only 5-10 minutes long and we did feel it was a little rushed as the next showing happened just after ours so no time to dawdle. However, for a free exhibit it was brilliant and I was amazed by all the work that had gone into the shows and displays. There was even a puff of smoke as the castle 'set fire'!
After the Time Tower we explored the rest of the grounds and watched the Birds of Prey show which was great. I managed to get some awesome photo's of the birds too!
We had some lunch and ended our day by entering the Dungeons! EEK! They were so scary, I haven't been in them before but we thought we would brave it. I haven't been that scared in a long time. At one point all the lights in the room go out and when they came back on again a man was standing right in front of my face that hadn't been there before...then his mother 'the witch' gets in on the action...lets just say I held on to my 14 year old sister very tight!
Here are some more snaps from the day...
We even saw Mike The Knight and picked up some goodies from the gift shop. Another great day at Warwick Castle!
The Time Tower is now open so why not book your next visit today!