Moozles is in Year Two, and this past term they learned about castles. So what better way to supplement her learning then by taking her to Warwick Castle. Located in Warwickshire, about two hours’ drive from London, Warwick Castle appears in everyone’s list of the top 10 castles in Britain. It is everything you would expect from a medieval castle: dungeons, turrets, a drawbridge – all in amazing condition.
But Warwick Castle is a bit special in Husband’s family. The story goes that my MIL climbed up one of the towers when she was heavily pregnant with Husband and almost went into labour, and Husband is named after this tower. Obviously I cannot tell you which tower it is as I keep Husband’s name secret, but I can confirm that he was not named after Caesar’s Tower (which is the castle’s tallest tower and is the same height as 10 double decker buses!).
We picked the rainiest day of the February Half-term holiday to visit Warwick Castle. I kept thinking the rain would stop at some point, but it did not. It would not. But still, we had a great time. I took all the outside photos with my iPhone as I didn’t want my SLR to get wet. We started off in the Great Hall and the Kingmaker. Dubz loved seeing the suits of armor and has been talking about knights every since.
We then visited the Princess Tower. To be honest, I expected it to be a bit rubbish. But it was actually pretty great. You get a timed (free) ticket, and then up to the tower you go. Princess Sophia then invites you into her turret and brings the kids into an interactive story. It is aimed at children aged 3-8. Dubz is 2 1/2, and was fine to sit and listen. Moozles, who is 6 1/2, got to join in, much to her delight. It lasted for 15 minutes and was well worth a visit!
Our favourite part of the day was the trebuchet. Trebuchets are the largest siege engines, and this one is the largest working one in the world. They were originally used to catapult large rocks and stones, and even dead animals, to breach castle walls. Luckily there were no flying pigs, but there was a flying fireball.
We climbed The Mound, which afforded us lovely views of the grounds and of Warwick. We were then very wet, and very hungry. We went to the Coach House restaurant, but it was completely full. So we walked up the road into Warwick and had lunch at a nearby restaurant (Ask). By the time we had lunch, we were so tired that we decided to go back to my in-laws’ house (they live in Leamington Spa, about five minutes from the castle). You could easily spend the entire day at Warwick Castle, and I am eager to go back and see more of the castle and its grounds.
Unfortunately, we missed visiting a few towers and did not get to see the Flight of the Eagles, the bird of prey live show. And as it was so rainy, we missed out on exploring the playground and the gardens. If you pre-book your tickets online, and it rains for more than one hour, you will receive a free return ticket. If you fancy visiting Warwick Castle, pre-booked tickets are cheaper (£15.36/adult, £13.44/child and children under three are free). There are three car parks, which cost between £6.00-£10.00. But this covers an entire day, so you can visit the picturesque town of Warwick whilst visiting the castle.
We were given tickets to visit Warwick Castle for the purpose of this review. All opinions are entirely my own.