Kenilworth and Warwick Castles: A Photo Feature

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A view of Kenilworth taken from the entrance. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

A view of Kenilworth taken from the entrance. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

Kenilworth and Warwick are two of my favourite castles in the UK. It always makes me smile that they are so close together geographically but so far apart in almost every other respect.

Kenilworth is the ruined and wounded fortification perched at the edge of Kenilworth. It’s a massive sprawling building draped over a gently rolling hillside with its red stone catching the light at sunset and coming to life as the day ends. Visit Kenilworth if you love romance and the stories that surround romance. It has inspired great writers like Sir Walter Scott and has an engrossing story to tell of a powerful Earl and a queen of England. The romance ruined the Earl and his life ended like his castle appears now, in tatters.

Kenilworth again. The Castle was at its most powerful and influential during the reign of Elizabeth the First. The Gardens are planned in a way to reflect this period. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

Kenilworth again. The Castle was at its most powerful and influential during the reign of Elizabeth the First. The Gardens are planned in a way to reflect this period. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

Kenilworth then is low key and understated both in its appearance and the way it tells it’s story. Wander round at ease and undisturbed, take in the beauty of the building and the surroundings and let the messages slowly sink in.

But the building still gives the full sense of the power and vitality that the place once rang to. A real sense of the times in which it was created and it is one of the finest castles England has to offer.

Kenilworth. This time taken from within the Castle. The sun was going down hence the great colours. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

Kenilworth. This time taken from within the Castle. The sun was going down hence the great colours. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

Again Kenilworth and the setting sun's colours. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

Again Kenilworth and the setting sun's colours. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

More Kenilworth, the Keep area. Slightly different in planning and design. The Keep was not stand alone. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

More Kenilworth, the Keep area. Slightly different in planning and design. The Keep was not stand alone. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

Warwick is no less a marvel. But if the story of Kenilworth is about love and romance then Warwick is much more about war and power. Warwick is no ruin. It is one of the finest and best preserved castles in England. The story here is of the Wars of the Roses and the sights and sounds of battle and castle life. The efforts to preserve and portray all that took place in a castle are impressive in deed. Ranging from a working trebuchet to birds of prey soaring overhead, no wonder the peacocks in the gardens look to the skies a little nervously every now and again.

A good view of Warwick. Standing over the river below. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

A good view of Warwick. Standing over the river below. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

The history of Warwick is long and a little of it is presented to the visitor. How easy it is to fill a day there and it is always a pleasure to visit and photograph such a grand building.

Guy Tower, Warwick. Tall and impressive. Warwick Lacks a Keep which is unusual. Guys tower would have been a possible last refuge. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

Guy Tower, Warwick. Tall and impressive. Warwick Lacks a Keep which is unusual. Guys tower would have been a possible last refuge. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

Warwick Actors in Costume are not in short supply. Just dont ask this man how he might have come by his armour. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

Warwick Actors in Costume are not in short supply. Just dont ask this man how he might have come by his armour. (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

A working Trebuchet at Warwick Castle. It has to be seen! (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

A working Trebuchet at Warwick Castle. It has to be seen! (Image copyright Peter Martin - click to enlarge)

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