Warwick Castle with kids

Despite only living around 20 minutes away, we have never taken our kids to Warwick Castle.
Over the bank holiday weekend my cousin and his family were staying in Warwick, and suggested we meet at Warwick Castle.
So we headed there on the Saturday morning.

We made the rookie mistake of parking in the castle car park. Don’t do it! It’s £6 for the day and a half hour walk to the entrance! You can park in the town centre and walk there in less than half that time, and it is much cheaper.
We had a half price voucher from the back of a homebase receipt (worth hanging on to these things sometimes – buy some paint get a cheap(er) (not cheap at all!!) day out!) so the walk-up price for 1 adult and 2 kids became £41 pounds.
We were blessed with a beautifully sunny day!
After meeting the others, firstly we headed up the tower and walked the walls. It didn’t look that high up from the ground but it felt high once we were at the top, up all the steps!

We walked as far as we could around the walls investigating the rooms and passages. The boys were very taken by the gun room and the big wooden gun!
The views were amazing!
We went in the Time Tower and learnt of the history of the castle and then Rachel went with the girls into the Princess tower for a story session. Jack pestered me into buying him a helmet and sword from the shop – luckily they had them on offer for £2 which wasn’t altogether unreasonable. Downside was I ended up carrying wearing it for the rest of the day!

After this we queued for some lunch – now that was expensive and the service was crazily slow. We opted for pulled pork sandwiches. We had to queue once to order and then again to wait for the sandwiches. I reckon some of my work colleagues should go and show them how its done!! But the slow service meant we were perfectly placed for the birds of prey show.

Then we headed to take our seats for the jousting. Jack was starting to get a bit bored but I managed to convince him to watch the “battles”. The display was brilliant and afterwards we could walk over the bridge to meet the horses and knights.

We walked up the mound and then took the kids to the playground for a bit.
By now we were getting worn out!
We had a look at the mediaeval Horrible Histories tents – the kids had a go at splat the rat and loved pretending to be peasants and knights!

Then it was time for us to go. There was much more we could have done and seen, but we were tired and needed to get back for swimming lessons.
It was a great day out. Expensive but worth it, and even better if you have a voucher or prebook tickets in advance online at a really discounted rate.