Warwick Castle was top of my list of things to do this half term. Not because of the Halloween activities, as they aren’t really our thing, but as middle man has been learning about castles at school. Well, that combined with the fact that we have Merlin passes and hadn’t been there yet!
So on Sunday we got up early and drove to Warwick. If you have a premium Merlin pass then you can park without charge at the Stratford Road car park. I guess this was full as we were directed into a field and then took a reasonably long walk to the castle.
Once inside we were greeted by peacocks, before heading to the castle.
Although middle man was keen on pointing out the features of the castle, he was less keen on going up Guy’s tower. I probably shouldn’t have pushed him, but thought he was just being silly. We had taken him to The Monument 2 years ago and he had managed to climb the spiral staircase there without too much complaining. However, on Sunday, he decided he didn’t like them. The biggest problem was he had come to this conclusion right at the top of the tower! Warning, he wasn’t the only one! If you have a child that doesn’t like heights or spiral staircases it is probably best not to take them up as when they have reached the top, they will see someone else freaking out which will set them off. Hindsight is such a great thing!
So once we had ruled out any more towers, we decided that it was safest to watch the shows. We caught the end of the trebuchet show, which was good and I would have loved to see this in the dark. We then watched the birds of prey show which is one of the best I have seen.
The main problem with the shows was the crowds. It didn’t seem especially busy but crowds were gathering up to an hour beforehand to see the shows which is never ideal with small children. We gave up on the bowman show as we couldn’t see well (turning up 15 minutes early) and the music and microphone weren’t working. One for next time I suppose.
The horrible histories maze kept the boys entertained but big man pointed out that it wasn’t very hard. I am still unsure why it was given 2 pumpkins for being scary.
There is nothing scary about it and you don’t even get lost. The nice thing for the boys was that you could collect a pop badge for getting your booklet stamped.
The grounds are very pretty and middle man was fine walking around The Mound.
We had a lovely day at Warwick castle, but I think that my view is slanted slightly as it was included in the price of our Merlin annual pass. The crowds for the show would have annoyed me if we had had to pay full price to go in. The shows were good and I would suggest planning your visit around them. I am sure we will go back again to see the things we missed.
Have you visited Warwick Castle? What did you like best?