Dudley Castle

Officially excellent

DZG is delighted to announce we’ve been awarded a certificate in recognition of excellent feedback from our visitors. Zoo Director Derek Grove said receiving the TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence was a great boost and thanked visitors for their positive comments about our 40-acre attraction. The accolade, which we’ve framed and put up near our Continue reading Officially excellent

Plants from the past

Historic herbs and plants used in medieval medicines and recipes are still springing up at DZG today. The poisonous deadly nightshade plant, or belladonna, which grows behind walls of the 11th century Dudley Castle in areas not accessible to the public, had an eye-opening use for medieval women. And the Duke of Argyll’s tea plant, Continue reading Plants from the past

Owl in a day’s work!

Happy International Owl Awareness Day twit twoo – we had a magical time celebrating and raised £300 for a bird conservation charity. On Thursday, our bird keepers and Presenter Langan Turner transformed into Harry Potter characters to celebrate DZG’s 12 owls, including Grafton the coast horned owl (pictured), and the iconic species all over the Continue reading Owl in a day’s work!

Skeleton story sparks interest

A story of a skeleton being found in Dudley Castle more than 30 years after the great fire of 1750 has ignited interest in the blaze. Today, on the 268th anniversary of the fire which tore through the castle’s Tudor Sharington Range, our history expert Amy Hickman is preparing to dig deeper into suggestions human remains Continue reading Skeleton story sparks interest

Heatwave brings out history

Mysterious markings in Dudley Castle’s courtyard may look like aliens have landed! But our history experts explain the scorching sunshine has produced crop marks indicating where buildings stood as far back as the 16th century. The long spell of hot weather has revealed prominent parch marks in three areas, revealing a wall line from the Continue reading Heatwave brings out history

Zombie alert!

It’s just two weeks until Dudley Castle is transformed into an open air cinema showing the cult zombie movie Night of the Living Dead. The 11th century castle will become the dramatic backdrop as the horror film – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – is shown on Friday, August 3. For the third year Continue reading Zombie alert!

Darting into Dudley

A Daimler Dart which competed in the famous Monte Carlo Rally is one of 90 classic cars rolling into Dudley Castle courtyard on Sunday. Now in its 30th year, the West Midlands Classic Car Club’s annual show takes place on Sunday July 22 from 10am until 4pm. Organiser Maurice Cole, of Dudley, is bringing along Continue reading Darting into Dudley

Flying the RAF colours

We’re proudly flying The RAF Ensign from Dudley Castle today – as a spectacular parade and flypast celebrates the force’s centenary. The flag will remain above the 11th century castle throughout the special day which is 100 days after the RAF’s official 100th birthday. July 10 is the day of the organisation’s centrepiece event, the RAF100 Continue reading Flying the RAF colours