In the year 1264, the castle was built by the forces of Simon de Montfort, who consequently imprisoned the Earl of Warwick at that time, William Mauduit, and his countess at Kenilworth (who were supporters of the king and loyals to the barons) until a ransom was paid.
Currently Warwick Castle houses a working scale mode trebuchet. The trebuchet can be fired by members of the public under professional supervision. It stands 19 m tall and uses a 6-tonne counterweight to fire 15 kg stone balls distances exceeding several hundred feet. Other attractions include “Warwick, Ghosts Alive,” “Winged Warriors” (a bird show, featuring bald eagles, vultures, and hawks), an archery display, and the “Kingmaker” Exhibit.
The Ghost Tower
The Watergate Tower at Warwick Castle is also known as the ghost tower and for most of the year it is home to Warwick Ghosts Alive. Ghosts Alive is a short live action show that tells the story of Fulke Greville’s murder. The show uses live actors, sound, lighting and visual effects.