Warwick Castle is an excellent day out, but there’s a few things to watch out for.
What’s to see?
Warwick Castle is a real castle. You can walk around the battlements, up towers, and through the great hall and chambers.
It combines wax work models (it is part of the Madame Tussauds group) with real-life re-enactment.
Every day they fire a massive trebuchet – a giant sling type of catapult used for destroying castle walls. There’s also story telling, dungeons, and the BBC Merlin Dragon Tower.
To the Tower
The battlements and towers are very high. The view is quite impressive. However, castle’sdon’t have lifts, so be prepared for many steps.
They operate a one-way system, unlike many other castles, so you don’t have to climb up or down a stair case whilst others are going in the opposite direction.
It does get busy though, and you often queue your way up or down (which can be very tiring if carrying a little one!).
BBC Merlin Dragon Tower
The Dragon Tower is an additional item to the main ticket price. You can pre-book from the Warwick Castle web site. On the day it cost £3.60 for adults and children.
It is suitable for all ages (unlike the Castle Dungeons), though little ones make find the dragon scary.
You will be allocated a ticket time for entrance into the tower. If you’ve not pre-booked you could find that the entrance ticket is hours after you purchased it. Be there on time or they won’t let you in.
If your children are fans of BBC Merlin, then they’ll love this. If no one knows what Merlin is, then it won’t be as good.
I’m not going to reveal what happens, but the dragon got interactive with one of our family members!
This is another additional entrance fee. We didn’t do this. Children must be aged 10+. Entrance fee was over £7 per person.
Things to watch out for
This is a good day out but a pricey tourist spot as it attracts many overseas visitors.
As with a lot of places these days, the entrance fee for a family is expensive. There are many discount and 2 for 1 offers made available throughout the year. Check Warwick Castle web site.
The BBC Merlin Dragon Tower and the Castle Dungeons are extra. These can be pre-booked from the Warwick Castle web site.
Car parking is extra. This was £5 and about a 20 minute walk to the castle. Though I notice that in this last week they’ve just put it up to £6. You have to buy a token from a machine in the castle grounds in order to leave the car park.
Food, drinks, and ice cream are all very expensive. Take a picnic if you can.
Warwick Castle Tickets and Opening Times
The castle is opened every day from 10am. It closes at 5 pm during the winter, or 6pm in the summer, and there’s a list of events through out the day. See the Warwick Castle web site for details of what’s on.
As mentioned, there’s the main castle tickets, plus extra attraction entrance tickets.
Children 3 and under are free, but a family of 4 tickets for the castle, Dragon Tower, and Castle Dungeon can set you back £107.40, even with buying online. This can be reduced if you book more than seven days in advance to around £64.
Alternative, there are a few places on the web you can also buy tickets.
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Getting in Touch with Warwick Castle
Here's how you can get in contact with Warwick Castle.
0871 265 2000
Where to find Warwick Castle
Sat Nav Postcode: CV34 4QU
Latitude: 52.2805824, Longitude: -1.5857655
The castle is easy to find. Head to Junction 15 of the M40 and follow the signs.
Warwick, Warwickshire,CV34 4QU.Show on Google Maps Show on OS Maps
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