Warwick Castle is probably better associated with the period before the Tudors -- The Wars of the Roses -- because of Richard Neville "The Kingmaker". But the Earldom of Warwick eventually came into the Dudley family during the Tudor period and was held by Ambrose Dudley, son of John Duke of Northumberland and brother of Robert Earl of Leicester. Elizabeth I visited the castle during her reign and the coronation portrait of the Queen used to hang in the castle's great hall until it was moved to the National Portrait Gallery.

The Collegiate Church of St. Mary's is located not far from the castle in the town. The Beauchamp Chapel inside is the burial place of Robert Dudley, his second wife Lettice Knollys, as well as Ambrose Dudley. The Lord Leycester Hospital in the town was founded by Robert Dudley.