Five Things To Do At Warwick Castle
Now I have to admit, when my hubby first mentioned about us going to Warwick Castle for the day with Sienna, our now 4 year old, I thought, crikey, that sounds like it could be a bit dull. But I’ll happily admit, on this one occasion, I was wrong!
A quick hope up the M40 for us, the Castle is set in the stunning and extremely middle England town of (yeah you guessed it) Warwick. This historic town set on the banks of the River Avon, has some of the most historic architecture I have seen in a long time, and I’m definitely planning a trip back there just to wander around the town.
Being Good Friday, we decided to get there early and be in the queue ready for opening time at 10am. Tickets can be purchased online to avoid queueing at the ticket desks and are cheaper than if you buy on the gate. Currently at time of posting £19 online vs £28 at the gate, or if you want to include the entry to the dungeons is £24 vs £33. Plus, they offer a fantastic rainy-day guarantee. This means if it rains for more than one hour on the day of your visit, you can come back anytime within the following 60 days for free! (Quite a benefit when you live in the UK).
After much deliberation, we chose however to purchase our Merlin Passes on the gate. A family passes for the 3 of us was £447, and yes it seems like quite a chunk of change, but this gives you free entry in to around 30 attractions in the UK as many times as you wish throughout the year, including Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park, The Coca Cola London Eye, Legoland, and lots more. The premium option (which we chose), also gives you free parking at all attractions, up to 20% off through many of the attraction’s shops and food and drinks places, plus lots of other perks!
We grabbed our map and off we went! And I can honestly say we had the best day, which totally surpassed my expectations. I won’t bore you with all the history, if you want to know that, hop on over to Wikipedia, but obviously it’s safe to say the Castle has been here for a long time! The grounds are stunning and beautifully kept. There are knights and Princesses walking around all of the time helping you out and greeting all kids as ‘Sir Knight’ or ‘Princess’ and mums and dads and Kings and Queens, which my little one thought was amazing. We filled our day easily and still didn’t finish it all (thumbs up for the Merlin Pass as we’ll be back soon), and it was topped off by the most glorious sunshine which always brings the best mood out in me.
So if you’re looking for a day out with kids, young or old, I can thoroughly recommend, and as a mummy of one crazy 4 year old – here are my top 5 things to do at Warwick Castle:
The Falconers Quest
Hands down, my highlight of the day was by far the Falconers Quest. This show set on the banks of the River, tells the story of Warwick Castle’s Falconer on his quest to rear and show some of the most spectacular birds you will ever see. I was blown away. The show was awesome, the birds were unbelievable, and I think I said WOW out loud more than 100 times! The birds included, the Barn Owl where the story starts (my favourites), the Peregrine Falcon, the Andean Condor, The Bald Eagle and so many more. Flying over people’s heads and swooping over the crowd much to everyone’s amazement. Clearly the birds are well kept and looked after, and the show kept everyone entertained for a good half an hour. I believe it’s currently billed as the UK’s biggest birds of prey show, and if you like that sort of thing, you will not be disappointed. If this was the only thing we’d seen that day, I would have still been happy.
The Princess Tower
This 15-minute show is perfect if you have little ones, it’s free, but you need a ticket which you can get from one of the princesses standing outside the show’s entrance. They only let around 25 people per time in (by my counting), and they try and limit all adults going in if they’re super busy, so all kids get a chance to experience the show. (Dad’s your chance to grab and ice cream and check your emails)! You enter the castle in a small room that is filled with lots of little princess trinkets. Plus, a special little book where they encourage children to make a wish and write it down. Sienna happily wrote her wish in the book! Her wish was ‘Come True Mummy’ yep your guess is as good as mine as to what that means, but she’s 4, so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt!
After a few minutes waiting for the group to fill the room, a voice then tells you about the story of a young shoe maker who was cursed by the King, because he fell in love with the princess. You then enter the princess’s bedroom who has been trying to save the shoe maker from his fate trapped in a painting and the little knights and princesses are tasked with helping the princess find clues and solve the puzzle! And of course, you guessed it, they live happily ever after.
The Horrible Histories Maze
Sienna had a whale of a time in here. This fabulous maze is big enough to be fun, but not big enough to feel overwhelming to a four-year-old. On entry they gave Sienna a little booklet which you then use to collect stamps all the way round. Throughout the maze there are lots of fun facts about the history of the Castle, which is a great way for the kids to learn.
The Castle Walk
As so much of the castle is intact, they have created a brilliant walk all the way around, allowing you to climb to the top of the tower and have a spectacular view across the Warwickshire countryside. This isn’t for you if you’re not in the mood for a bit of exercise. With just over 530 steps, you’re definitely out of puff by the time you get to the top, and it gets quite confined at times when you’re walking up the spiral staircases (especially at super busy times), but well worth the effort for the views alone.
The Castle Dungeon
The reason this is my number 5 choice is that we didn’t actually do this part of the castle. Unfortunately, children have to be over the age of 10 to enter the dungeon, due to the fact that it can get a little scary in there. I spoke to a few people that had been inside and they all loved it! Some looking a little bit whiter than they did before they entered. With special effects and live actors jumping out, it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted person. (I’m pretty glad we had Sienna with us, so I had the excuse not to enter)! You have to get a timed ticket, and it’s an extra £5 per person if you didn’t get it included within your day ticket.
So, there we have it, my top 5 things to do at Warwick Castle. We visited and still only saw half of what was on offer, so we’ll be heading back soon. If it’s a lovely day, I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough. There is a wonderful selection of food stops that are dotted around the grounds, plenty of clean toilet facilities, and the parking is a short 5-minute walk from the main entrance.
All in all, a fabulous day!
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