Fifty jobs will be created and the Castle expects to welcome over 20,000 overnight guests this year across its three accommodation types. Knight’s Village adds over 10,000 room nights to Warwick and is set to bring £2.1m economic benefit to the District annually.
Knight’s Village, set within the Castle grounds by the River Avon, comes three years after the first glamping accommodation opened, and two years after the launch of two year-round deluxe Tower Suites. Since summer 2013, the Castle has welcomed more than 50,000 overnight guests, and the new accommodation means more than 300 guests can spend the night at Warwick castle each night.
Research undertaken by the Castle shows that more than 25 per cent of their visitors stay in the area on a short break, and 45 per cent also visit the town of Warwick during their trip. The Castle, which showcases its role in English history and strives to offer an authentic experience to guests, continues to draw increasing visitors from across the UK and overseas.
Divsional Director of Warwick Castle, Nick Blofeld, said: “We’re evolving as a world-class visitor destination and now offer a more compelling experience than ever before, putting Warwick firmly on the tourism map. Our all-year Woodland Lodge and Tower Suite accommodation, in addition to our seasonal Mediaeval Glamping, significantly upgrades the diversity and quantity of guest beds offered in Warwickshire.”
Knight’s Village consists of 28 semi-detached lodges and 41 glamping tents, linked by over 1 kilometre of raised wooden boardwalk. Guests will enjoy hospitality and entertainment in the new 390m2 Banquet Hall that also houses the village reception and bathroom facilities for glamping guests.
Commenting on Knight’s Village, Helen Peters, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s England said: “Warwickshire was recently named as one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 destinations in Europe – the new Knight’s Village at Warwick Castle further increases the appeal of Warwick as a tourist destination and ensures the region is well placed to capitalise on the interest that this accolade has generated.”