TIME TEAM's Tony Robinson opened four previously-unseen rooms at Warwick Castle on Friday, revealing secrets and stories across four centuries of the Castle’s past.
Closed for generations, the former Blackadder star was the first person to step inside the 14th Century Barbican Battlement which includes deadly murder holes through which boiling tar and human waste was poured on attackers, as well as the 15th century Bear Tower complete with bear pit.
He also opened the 16th century Watergate Tower, reputedly haunted by the ghost of Sir Fulke Greville, a playwright, poet and MP murdered by a disloyal, dagger-wielding servant, and the 17th century Guards’ Room, built during the reign of Richard III.
Tony said: “I’m quite giddy to be the first person to see inside these rooms and to officially open them to the public. I’ve spent many years searching for exactly this – clues and evidence to unlock secrets from the past.”
Opened to the public for the first time on Saturday, General Manager at Warwick Castle, Tim Harrison-Jones said: “We’re blessed with over one thousand years of history at
Warwick Castle and we’re delighted that Tony Robinson is here to help us tell the ancient site’s story as best we can.
“Each of the four rooms opened by Tony will be permanently open to visitors at no additional cost and can be viewed in any order to add even more depth to our story. This is an exciting opportunity for visitors to be among the very first people to see these rooms for centuries.”
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