Warwick Castle

07 February



I recently visited Warwick Castle with some of my uni friends. We’d decided it was something a bit different to do, entertaining for the kids and adults of the group. As some people were travelling we decided to book through an independent site rather than directly with Warwick Castle as it allowed us to get half day tickets, allowing us entry after midday. 

We started with lunch at the on site cafe. There was a reasonable lunch choice with soup, paninis, potato’s as well as some bigger meals and we enjoyed the food (although I think there was a problem with one of the paninis) and it set us up ready for walking round the castle. We had spent longer in the cafe than expected, it was busy in there but they don’t seem very set up to deal with a lot of people even though they have the seating area for it, we used some of the waiting time to exchange our vouchers for tickets. 



When you head into the grounds you get a great view of the castle immediately, and it’s just a short walk round the get into the castle walls. We started indoors, with the great hall followed by the rooms surrounding it. It was very impressive and actually brought back some great memories for me and a Pete as it’s where my cousin got married a few years ago. It was strange walking round it with the public as it had been private use last time we were there but it was great to see it again. 

  



We then moved outside where we went up the mound (which was a zig zag path towards the top of one side of the castle) where we had a view of the wider grounds, boathouse and trebuchet. There weren’t any events on whilst we were there but sometimes they do have days where they have people in costume doing things such as jousting. There was a bird of prey display on but we missed it as we’d been so long in the cafe.



We then headed back down to climb the towers which was a lot of steps in confined spaces but it was impressive when you get to the top. We spend a bit of time at the top and followed the castle wall along before decending back to the courtyard. 



We finished with the maze, a great place for the kids to get a run around and well set up with sets along the way and historical information along with them. The adults had a competition on first person to get out (I did not win...) and then we headed out as it was pretty much closing time.

You could easily spend a lot of time there, we didn’t read all the information along the way when we were moving round and there is a lot of the grounds we didn’t explore too so we had a great time on our half day but if you wanted to go longer there is plenty to see.

Dawn x

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