Review: Warwick Castle

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Jousting and duels, battling and bird flights; it’s all on offer over at Warwick Castle. If you are wondering what to fill your final days of the summer holidays with then make sure you take a trip to the heart of the country to pledge your allegiance to resolve the latest conflict between the Houses of Lancaster and York.

We spent a day adventuring this week learning and exploring while having tonnes of fun. You can fill a day easily with all that is on offer. Our day started witnessing the great Trebuchet show perched on the embankment of the river Avon with a waring solider ruffled the feathers of the battling opponents enlisting families to cheer for your House. Red or White, you can’t fail to get involved in this spectacle of history displayed with fun and theatre. The show features on the daily schedule of activities which is a must use guide to help you get the most out of your day.

Another highlight of this summer’s attractions at Warwick is the super jousting battle where the theatre of Tudor warfare comes to life. This is hugely popular so plan how and when to take your seat to take full advantage of what is on offer. We cheered and jeered in equal measure for our House as flames, fire and galloping steads played out in front of us but it wasn’t to be and our leader was defeated. We weren’t forlorn however, and in high spirits we set off to find what was next.

The King himself rides amongst the visitors as well while other figures of the battling Houses are on the ground ready for modern day selfies bringing the experience to life. If you want something gruesome, the Castle Dungeons are available for exploration as well as the Horrible Histories Maze.

For something more relaxing, the Medieval Castle is open for discovery. The towers can be climbed providing excellent scenes of the surrounding landscape. You can also witness some of the modern day history of the castle from room to room.

There are grounds to be enjoyed for ‘pic-nicking’ or for you to just take some time out. Plenty of space is available and if you want to get away from the popular haunts it’s worth using your map to discover some of quieter spots.  Food is available on site with plenty of outlets around the grounds from a fast food restaurant to a café too.

If you want to extend your stay, you can book for a Real Knight’s Adventure and stay in the medieval village. Check out the Warwick Castle website for information.

Parking was well organised. There is a walk to the gate, as with all good castles, so plan this into your day as you’ll find that you may miss some of the schedule events if you don’t consider the walk.  Changing facilities are aplenty and pleasingly clean. Don’t forget this is a castle so if you are using a buggy, which we did just to fit all of the snacks on, you’ll need to be prepared to park up to get the most out of some of the activities. It is worth however considering a carrier so you can ‘all’ get up the towers or witness the displays.

There are some great offers on pre-booked tickets and rainy day guarantees so make sure if you are planning a visit, you factor these in too.

Finally, my 5 top tips are:

  1. Plan the day ahead using the schedule planner on the website to get the best out of your visit
  2. Get to attractions early so you can pick the best spot
  3. Pack a pic-nic and get exploring this fab landscape off the beaten track for some tranquillity
  4. Consider taking a crown or shield so your little kings and queens can get involved in the theatrics
  5. Pack for the weather – while there are places to take shelter and it is a popular attraction, remember that it is essentially a castle and even the most successful of Tudor Kings didn’t account for rainy days and lots of inquisitive visitors.

For more information visit www.warwick-castle.com

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