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“Expensive, but Good”
Review of Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Warwick
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Imagine a totally electrifying day out at Britain’s ultimate castle. Where you can immerse yourself in a thousand years of jaw-dropping history – come rain or shine.Where ancient myths and spell-binding tales set your imagination alight, and your hair on end. Where princesses are pampered and maidens are wooed, as winners become true heroes and losers are confined to dark, dank dungeons to be forgotten for eternity. It could only be Warwick Castle.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We came to Warwick Castle, bringing four family members from abroad, so paying for six tickets including the dungeon tour was fearsomely expensive. It was, however, a good day, helped by unbroken sunshine. Several good entertainments included - archery, the giant trebuchet, birds of prey. The dungeon tour was somewhat corny, the castle itself brilliant. Restaurant ok too. Sadly though, since becoming part of 'Merlin' it has become a bit too Disney. It may appeal to Americans, but why not let the amazing history speak for itself.

3  Thank wendyanddavid536
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

The first time seeing a castle for my wife, since we were in the Cotswolds we decided we might as well make her first castle experience a good one and were not disappointed. An expensive attraction but we spent most of the day there and could have spent even longer. It was wonderful exploring the many different facets of the castle and learning about its history in the context of English history. There were a lot of people when we arrived, but it never felt crowded. The Birds of Prey and Bowman shows were both good fun and very entertaining with excellent and informative commentary from staff who seemed to really enjoy themselves. Another highlight was the Horrible Histories Maze which is a must for kids and kids at heart. Although both in our 20s we took great delight at collecting all the stamps on our passport as we navigated through time. A very enjoyable day out!

1  Thank Rowdy36
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Everywhere is stairs.
My mother has mobility issues which make walking up and down hills and stairs difficult, and we were therefore severely limited in what we could do. All the exhibit rooms are one way, and Most seem to be stairs only. Yes, it's a medieval castle, it's bound to be not wheelchair friendly. But no real efforts seem to have been made to make even a few of the non outdoor events we visited accessible.
In our time here we only saw a single wheelchair to be used in the state rooms, which of course could not be taken upstairs. This itself was up a set of stairs, with no way to get for a less abled person to get to it without being carried.
It's very obviously aimed at children, and that I'm fine with. But the amount of steps and uneven pathways made it hard for buggy users as well was mobility scooters and wheelchairs.
Unless you're ready to stay all day and do everything, I can't say it's worth the £27 per person on the day price. We paid online and got a discount of £7 bringing it to £20, and even then I'm not really sure we got our moneys worth out of that.

Thank pmdraper
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Warwick_Manager, Guest Relations Manager at Warwick Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry to hear that the number of stairs impacted your visit.

Although all of our shows are currently accessible, including the last 4 rooms of the Warwick Dungeons, we are aware that the steps and stairs that come with a historic castle are an issue for many of our visitors. We are however in the process of installing a wheelchair lift to take you up to the ground floor of the main house including the Great Hall, State Rooms and the downstairs of the Royal Weekend Party (Warwick portrayed in the Victorian era). We expect this to be open in mid July. In addition we have an accessibility guide on the Warwick Castle website.

If you are interested in visiting again do please call us in advance to discuss your mobility issues.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

One of the best castles around, with plenty of shows and exhibitions. Enjoyed the falconry show, and a chance to use a mock medieval bow. The great hall is full of exhibits as well. Can get very crowded inside the castle (I came on a day when there were several large school groups).

Thank VincentI133
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

We visited Warwick Castle on Saturday 23rd June. We booked online the day before so saved a few pounds, however, if you book 5 days in advance you save even more!

When we arrived there was plenty of parking, which was good because it was a really nice day and there were lots of people flocking there (even though we arrived before 11am!). It's a 20 minute walk from the field car park to the admissions gate, then we had to queue for about 15 minutes to collect our tickets. Booking online doesn't mean you bypass this queue, unfortunately. It just provides you with an order number to collect your tickets on arrival. Once we'd got our tickets, we headed through the automatic barriers into the grounds of the castle. The grounds are really well kept and clean!

We headed straight over to the other side of the castle to watch the Wars of the Roses show at 12:30pm. There was no system for queueing for this, so a lot of people were just pushing in front while we were all waiting for the gate to open. A better system could do with being put in place for this to stop ignorant people pushing in. Although the stalls hold up to 3,000 people apparently so once we were over the bridge there was plenty of room for us to stand and watch the show (especially as we're taller than most so could see over people's heads!).

The show was really good, although definitely aimed more at kids (obviously!), so it's a little cheesy and embarassing in places. But I don't know why I expected any differently to be honest! But I still really enjoyed it. The show lasted around 30 minutes and got the crowd involved throughout.

We then headed back onto the main grounds and found a bench to sit on to eat our picnic. There were plenty of empty benches, even though it was really busy. And it was lovely sitting across from the castle while we ate. We also had a peacock come and visit us while we were sat eating, which was amazing and we got to take some really close up photos of it.

There are plenty of places to buy food from if you don't take a picnic, but you may have to queue for a little while, and they don't really cater for vegetarians, and definitely don't cater for vegans.

We'd booked tickets to go through the Castle Dungeon at 2pm and we were really nervous about it as we're both massive wimps. We went in, dreading being scared silly, but we actually really enjoyed ourselves. It really isn't for the feint hearted, but it's a good laugh if you're in a group with other visitors. We were only made to jump a few times, which was fine. It's very interactive so be prepared to be voluntold to take part in something. It's not too embarassing though as the groups you go round with are relatively small, and you'll probably never see them again after you leave anyway! I'd definitely recommend spending the little extra on the Castle Dungeon experience though, it was really enjoyable. It's also quite educational although I must admit I can't remember a lot of what we were told because I was worrying about when the next surprise was coming!

After the dungeons we decided to have a wander around the castle itself. The rooms are beautiful and full of interesting things - I must admit I'm not the biggest fan of reading lengthy blurbs in museums etc., but it's kept short and sweet and the displays are really interesting too. Especially all of the life size dummies!!

We then went on to do the Time Tower - it was a little strange, but again it was quite good. Room 2 was definitely the best with the little interactive model of the castle - worth it just for that!

And we couldn't leave without going through the Horrible Histories Maze. It was just my husband and I, but we picked ourselves up one of the maze activity booklets anyway. It's really good as it gives the maze a purpose and you get a reward for finding all 6 time zones from the booklet. Which I imagine would be a good way of convincing your children to leave the maze as you have to collect these from the gift shops :)

All in all we had a great day and I definitely think it's worth the money we paid. I'd recommend you plan to spend a full day there though, especially if you have kids who are going to want to play in the maze etc.

1  Thank Louibe2016
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