The company which runs Warwick Castle is being prosecuted following the death of a visitor who fell from a bridge while visiting the top tourist attraction three years ago.
Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
The charges follow the death of 72-year-old George Frederick Townley from Berkswell, near Coventry, who fell into the dry moat at the castle in December 2007.
It is believed he was crossing the bridge when he suffered a heart attack, but died from head injuries he received when he then fell over the low parapet into the dry moat 15ft below.
It is alleged Merlin, previously known as Tussauds Attractions Operations, is accused of failing to take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent or protect visitors when entering or leaving the castle via the Bear and Clarence Bridge from falling a distance likely to cause them injury.
The company is accused of failing to provide any appropriate barrier to protect visitors from falling from the bridge, failed to display signs warning of the risk, failed to ensure the area was adequately lit and failed to conduct any “suitable and sufficient risk assessment”.
A second charge accuses the firm of failing in its duty to give effect to “such arrangements as were appropriate to planning, organisation etc of preventative and protective measures”.
The case was adjourned for trial next year.