Warwick Castle is one of England’s best preserved castles and it now has a big budget “theme park” feel to it. The building itself is the star here, from entering the historic rooms, to walking the walls, you feel like you’re either on a movie set or part of the history of the place. In addition though, a lot of money has been spent on entertainment ranging from trebuchet demonstrations to hand to hand combat. Our kids particularly enjoyed the birds of prey demonstration which takes place in a ringed area within the grounds. There’s also the Princess Tower where you can become a Princess (although make sure you go in your allotted time slot, or you’ll miss out) and the Time Tower which includes an audio-visual journey into the castle’s past. The price to enter does seem steep, but there’s loads to see and do once inside and it would be easy to spend a whole day here. It’s a shame that you have to pay extra for the Dungeon, but it is an experience that isn’t suitable for younger visitors anyway.
We really enjoyed our trip to the castle. Apart from the highlights mentioned above, we also loved just walking on the castle walls offering great views of Warwick and the surrounding area. The kids in particular wanted to climb the next winding staircase to see where it led. We also enjoyed a trip to the lovely water mill at the bottom of the castle walls which is easy to miss. The castle has a beautiful interior which is in great condition and is laid out as it would have been in the time of the Earls of Warwick – don’t miss that. Warwick Castle has one additional ‘experience’ that you have to pay extra for on top of the basic castle entry. It’s the Castle Dungeon where you’ll find gore, torture, decaying bodies and chanting monks along with the labyrinth of lost souls! (Not suitable for under 10s).
There are a range of admission tickets depending on what you want to have included and whether you book in advance. Adult admission to Warwick Castle including the Dungeon is currently £29.40 at the gate. Adult admission to the castle without the dungeon is £24.60 at the gate (2015 prices) but you can save quite a bit of money by buying online here:
Another tip is to look out for the many vouchers which offer 2 for 1 admission. These are commonly in UK supermarkets, cereal packets or national newspapers. Warwick Castle is open in the summer from 10am until 6pm (April to October) and in the winter season from 10am until 5pm.
While at the castle, try to grab a little time in Warwick itself. You can exit the castle and have you hand stamped to allow re-entry. The castle is just a few hundred yards from the main shopping street, but there are lots of fascinating landmarks in the town to look out for. See our free guide to Historic Warwick for more.
LOCATION & CONTACT
Address: Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4QU
Tel: 0870 4422000 (within the UK)
Tel: 0871 265 2000 (Recorded information within the UK)
MORE ON WARWICK CASTLE
Warwick Castle Discount Tickets – Attractiontix
Warwick Castle – Official website
Hotels near Warwick Castle – We recommend Hotels.com for the best rates
Warwick Hilton – Where we stayed – it’s a lovely hotel
Shakespeare Country – Official website with accommodation, special offers and more information. Alternatively call +44 (0)1926 471 329