Friday, 7 December 2007

December Cruise - Part Two: Warwick

Day Three - Monday 3 December continued

It was mid morning when we moored up for the day above the Cape Locks, so we headed into Warwick. We'd heard that the Saltisford Arm was being used for winter moorings, so we walked along the towpath and up the arm, to see how busy it was. It was absolutely full of boats, including three pairs of hotel boats, Duke and Duchess, Oak and Ash, and Dawn and Dusk. In town, we had a good lunch at a cafe called The Tuckery, before heading to Warwick Castle.

At £15.95 each, the entrance fee is somewhat eye watering. But there is plenty to see, including the Great Hall and State Rooms, a depiction of a weekend party from 1898, and the towers and ramparts. The rooms had all been decorated for Christmas.

There was a funfair being built in the courtyard, and the Conservatory and Peacock Garden was closed for the construction of an "ice trail". According to the leaflet this will enable the garden to glide past you, which sounds like quite a feat, even for the Tussauds group!

After our visit to the castle, we returned to the boat via Cape Road. In the evening, we had dinner at the Cape of Good Hope. The food was pretty good, but the staff could have been more welcoming.

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