Review: Half-Term at Warwick Castle

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Yesterday we were invited to visit Warwick Castle to enjoy a day out over half-term. It was our first official day of half-term and we surprised the children, they had no idea where we were going. Over the years Warwick Castle has become a family favourite. We have been so many times and it never gets boring. They are always adding new attractions and shows which makes it a really fun way for the kids to learn about history. 

We got there later than usual this time, now that we live a bit further away! So when we turned up the car park was full. The car park attendants suggested we park at the Warwick Racecourse car park which costs £1 all day and was just a 5 minute walk from the castle. Everyone obviously had the same idea to take the children to visit for half-term. We got there just in time to catch the Birds of Prey show in the new Riverside Arena. It was amazing! Watching the birds flying over the river and coming back swooping over our heads was fascinating. These shows are definitely one of my favourite parts of our visits and are a must-see. 

Just as the show ended the heavens opened. I must apologise to everyone who visited yesterday as we tend to always bring the rain with us to Warwick Castle! We took the opportunity to explore the grounds and the Horrible Histories maze whilst everyone else hid inside the castle from the rain. We then made our way into the castle itself for a walk around. It was crazily busy in there thanks to the weather but we managed to have a good mooch around and learn even more about the previous inhabitants of the castle. We made it into The Time Tower this time too which I hadn't got around to doing the last few times we have visited. I thought it was really cool, we learned about how the castle came to be and all the times it had been attacked or damaged over the years. 

We then stopped for some food before heading to watch the Trebuchet in action. This is another thing I have missed each time we have visited the last few years, so hadn't seen it since before the boathouse incident. This time we made sure we timed everything around this so Sam and the kids could see it in action. It is quite an amazing piece of equipment and I think all the children watching will now aspire to be a Trebuchet Master when they grow up!

We then took a walk up to the Peacock Garden where you can walk amongst the Peacocks. They are such beautiful birds and we love taking a stroll around the garden before we leave the castle. 

There is still so much more to do, we never manage to do it all in one trip. You could climb the towers and take in the breathtaking views from the top of the castle. You could also visit The Castle Dungeon, I haven't done this since before I had the children as they are not old enough to join me yet but I cannot wait until we can all go in the dungeons together! Warwick Castle is the perfect family day out, whatever the weather. 

From the 6th April there will also be a new attraction The Falconer's Quest, which will be the UK's largest birds of prey show. It will involve a riveting storyline, live action and a wide range of birds of prey. It sounds perfect for the Easter holidays!

  • When visiting, for best value tickets, book online a minimum of five days before you visit –
  • The Castle Dungeon incurs an extra charge but there’s plenty to do included in your day admission including the Mighty Trebuchet, Bowman Show, history tours and, from 6 April, The Falconer’s Quest, which will be the UK’s largest birds of prey show
  • Short breaks are also available with lodges in the Knight’s Village available year-round and summer glamping returning in 2019. To book, visit – bookings made by 28 February for stays in 2019 receive 25% discount
We were gifted tickets to Warwick Castle in return for this review. All opinions are my own. 

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