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Warwick Castle Trebruchet

A trebuchet is a medieval siege machine, capable of throwing huge projectiles over castle walls. At Warwick Castle, visitors can see one in action twice a day, by the river against the South Front.

Taking a team of eight half-an-hour to prepare for firing, the trebuchet - which is 18 metres high and weights a hefty 22 tonnes - throws its projectile away from the castle, some 250 metres over to River Island. The vast wooden machinery flings its load some 25 metres into the air, so passing pigeons beware!

The power of the siege: the 18-metre-high, 22-tonne replica Trebuchet at Warwick Castle. Courtesy of Warwick Castle

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When: Mar - Apr 2013 (annual)

Where: Warwick

Cost: From £12

Opening Hours: Firing times vary. Please enquire with Warwick Castle before your visit.

Address: Warwick, CV34 4QU

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