With it being the start of the summer holidays, we are constantly looking for fun family days out that are suitable for the girls. As a child growing up on the Wirral, we visited castles in Wales regularly – I was always enchanted by their magic and grandeur, feeling like a princess walking the grounds. Now living in Leicester, I like to share these magical memories with our girls. From the moment the girls set eyes on Warwick castle, they were completely captivated; like the castles in their favourite Disney films, Warwick Castle is truly enchanting. Regardless of your age, it is impossible to not be impressed by its sheer beauty and history.
Set on 64 acres of land, Warwick Castle sits in the heart of Warwick on the banks of the River Avon. Whether you’re visiting with or without children, this is sure to be a full day out (I would highly recommend arriving at opening time to ensure you have enough time to see all of the events and attractions – opening hours are from 10am until 4pm daily).
As a child (I must have been about 4 years old – the same age as our eldest daughter), I visited a family attraction where I watched a jousting event. I remember it being truly breathtaking to watch. We were all incredibly excited to see the War of the Roses LIVE jousting event during this trip to Warwick Castle – this did not disappoint. This was one of our highlights of the day. The show tells the story of the battle between House Lancaster and House York that lasted for over 30 years. With state of the art special effects, stunt riders and fearless jousting; this is a show that is not to be missed. This show is currently running throughout the summer until the 1st September.
Whilst the girls were not too tired, we decided to walk some of the castles walls. This is a great way to see the beauty of the castle, rolling landscape and surrounding town. There are a fair few stairs and narrow staircases, but I guarantee the climb is worth it. The girls decided they only wanted to walk part way as they had spotted that the princesses had arrived back from their break – and this naturally meant we had to head straight for the Princess Tower. This is a fun magical attraction for children; our girls’ faces were beaming from start to finish. This is open every weekend throughout the year; it can get busy so make sure you book a time slot with the princesses at the base of the tower.
After waving goodbye to the princess, we explored the grand rooms of the castle. In parts it looked like scenes from Game of Thrones, and in others it looked like rooms straight out of Buckingham Palace. With exquisite embellishments, intricate tapestries, and an impressive decorative armory; I could have spent hours sitting in each room taking it all in. But, our girls were due a good run around, so we headed over to the gardens. We climbed trees, followed peacocks and ran around the lawns – the attention to detail is kept high throughout. With carefully manicured hedges, and beautiful topiary peacocks, these rolling landscapes are fit for any King or Queen.
To finish our day off, we sat and watched The Falconer’s Quest. I have watched many bird shows, and I expected this to be very similar to ones I had seen previously – it was not! We were blown away by this show. From eagles, to a condor, to a hawk (and many more birds of prey), the aerial acrobatics, and birds gliding between members of the audience – was spectacular to watch.
If you’re looking for a full day out this summer, Warwick Castle needs to be on your list of places to visit. There are three spectacular shows on this summer that are a must see; War of the Roses LIVE, The Falconer’s Quest and the Dragon Slayer. If you’re not local, you can stay at one of Warwick Castle’s many medieval glamping tents, lodges or luxury suites.
Although we were there from opening until close, there were still parts we didn’t see fully. We will be back again in the near future for another visit.
These are my top tips for your visit;
- It is a full day out of walking, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
- The walk from the car park is likely to be long, so be prepared for this.
- The Princess Tower visits are on a first come, first served basis; so make sure you visit the princesses at the bottom to get a ticket.
- Check dates for the shows before your visit to ensure you don’t miss out on these.
- Check times for shows on arrival to ensure you plan accordingly.
- Plan your day out; it is a full day and there is a lot to fit in.
- Book your tickets in advance online for a cheaper deal.
- Take lots of pictures and enjoy.
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