02 January 2013

Family Fun - Warwick Castle

Exploring, learning and having fun as a family is something we love to do, come rain or shine, so when we saw an opportunity to review Britain's Best Days Out with MoneySupermarket.com we were keen to pack a picnic and head off on an adventure.



Warwick Castle is located in Warwickshire and is easy to reach by road or rail with several car parks to choose from. We arrived at opening, 10am, and I was more than pleased that there were no queues so we managed to get through the turnstiles straight away! 


There is plenty to see and do to spend an entire day at the castle and it's somewhere that is educational, interactive and fun for all of the family. After watching a demonstration on archery, visiting the Birds of Prey Mews and seeing the Sword in the Stone we decided to head inside for a journey back in time and to view some of the beautiful interiors.


First constructed in the 14th Century the Great Hall is the first room we visited and is the largest of them all. It contains a selection of weapons, armour (which includes equestrian) and a cauldron named Guy's Porridge Pot'. The castle has had millions of pounds invested into its restoration over the past decade and it appears in tip top condition with stunning decor and surroundings to view. We also looked at several drawing rooms, the state dining room, chapel and the Queen Anne bedroom which are wonderfully presented with life-like statues and informative description boards - perfect for photo opportunities.


Next we decided to climb the Mound which built in 1068 was used as the Norman defence system for the castle. There are quite a few steps up to the top but there is a hand rail to assist and the walk is definitely worth it for the views of both the castle and across Warwick. When we reached the top it was time for the Mighty Trebuchet demonstration, the largest working siege machine in the world, to take place so we joined in with the count down to see the giant catapult in action. The Mini Mes loved this being fans of Angry Birds!


We visited the beautiful gardens, Mill and Engine House and Pageant Playground next. The Mill and Engine House allowed the Mini Mes to get involved with some science experiments making bangers while the playground set as a mini-fortress has a variety of slides, climbing frames and equipment to play on.


With a Castle Tower where you can enjoy fairy tales and the chance to kiss a frog and a Dragon Tower where you can view the fire and smoke breathing beast, your little prince and princess will be thoroughly entertained. For those over 10 years of age there is the Castle Dungeon which features actors and special effects to bring the 18th Century justice system to life. 

To access some areas and activities there are additional charges so I'd advise taking some cash to enjoy the attraction fully and to prevent your little ones missing out on painting shields and having a go with a bow and arrow themselves.

There are different ticket prices available to suit your budget and requirements though which is a great idea!



MoneySupermarket.com offers days out vouchers  for fun family days out  - Be sure to check them out before your visit as it may save you some ££!

I'm linking this with...
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
*We received a family pass to Warwick Castle for the purpose of this review. The opinions given are honest and our own*

13 comments :

  1. I doon't live too far away from Warwick and always mean to go visit! will have to make sure we get there this summer :)

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    1. Lots there to keep you busy for a day :) x

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  2. Glad to see you had an amazing day!

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  3. Looks like a perfect family fun day out to me, what child doesn't enjoy a good castle? Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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  4. My 5 year old really wants to go to a castle. This looks like a really good day out.

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  6. Wow! I studied at Leamington for 18mths and regularly drove past the Castle without a second thought as to whether it was a good place to visit.
    Looks like a fab day out for everyone!

    Over from Country Kids

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  7. We visited Warwick Castle in January last year and had a wonderful day. It really is a great family day out. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  8. I bet my 3 year old would love to go to a castle, he's a real Mike the Knight fan at the moment!

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  9. Oh, how I wish there were more castles where we live...no such luck. Looks like a great day. Thanks for linking to the Outdoor Play Party.

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  10. Looks like a lot of fun. Love to visit the place next month

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