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Warwick Castle - any tips? Any good?!

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loobs2 Wed 23-Sep-09 12:41:47

We're taking our almost-6-yr-old DS and 9-yr-old DD to Warwick Castle for DS's birthday treat on Saturday - any tips/recommendations would be appreciated! smile

CMOTdibbler Wed 23-Sep-09 12:44:46

My DS really likes it there - especially the trebuchet. Space out the shows you go to as they are repeated during the day. If DD wants to do the Princess' tower, then be prepared for a long wait.

If you want a quiet place to sit down, then the peacock garden is good.

There are 2 for 1 vouchers on the Heart of England tourist board website - so you could just pay for the adults and the children would be free

fircone Wed 23-Sep-09 12:56:50

We really enjoyed Warwick Castle. I was a bit hmm about it before we went as I thought it would be awfully commercial, but it's very good!

The staff were all very friendly and informative (unlike National Trust stuck-up grannies!) and one who was very knowledgeable was actually a PhD student from Warwick University.

The fighting display was excellent and the combatants very humorous.

My usual tip: get there at the crack of sparrows to beat the crowds.

bigTillyMint Wed 23-Sep-09 13:01:43

We went in the summer using Tesco vouchers wink - loads of activities and things to watch. There is a princess tower - though DD at 10 felt it was for younger children, she still went in!
Both she and DS loved the trebuchet and jousting. There is also a small adventure playground thing.

I would agree, get there early, it was much busier as the day wore on.

BertieBotts Wed 23-Sep-09 18:06:29

You have to pay to park - just a warning. So use tesco vouchers etc for entrance tickets if you can.

Take a picnic - you can buy food there but it's expensive.

Don't pay the extra for the ghost tower if they still do that - not child-friendly and not really worth the extra they ask for anyway

MelvinIsABigGirlNow Sun 27-Sep-09 13:42:29

Would definitely agree with BertieBotts on the ghost tower, not child friendly. The jousting is very well done and the Trebuchet display was enjoyed by all!

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