Before Mark and I were Married and lived in the Seychelles he took me to Warwick Castle. He had worked there when he was younger. We had a really great time there.
Flash forward a few years to when we had Arthur it was exactly the kind of place we were excited to show him when we visited the UK. We resisted the temptation on our previous trip as he was a little young to appreciate it.
This time around though, we knew he would absolutely love it. We had already taken him to Kenilworth Castle and he’d had a great time there. I thought I’d share our experience with visiting Warwick Castle with our young kids!
Warwick Castle With Young Kids
This year Warwick Castle had added a big medieval style glamping ground. While this was pretty exciting and is definitely something we will consider next time around, it did mean that the car park was now a long walk from the main entrance to the castle, not ideal with two young kids!!
We had managed to get vouchers for the park from some Cadbury’s chocolate. We (okay, mostly me) even ate a big bag of buttons on the way so we could have another one…..I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right, I am truly a hero.
It was a good thing we did have those vouchers because I was pretty shocked when I saw the entrance fees!
The castle is owned by Madame Tussaud’s (also owners of big theme parks like Thorpe Park and Alton Towers) and they have made some big changes since we had last been there. It definitely had a theme park feel to the place now. Whether that is a good or bad thing, overall I’m still not totally decided either way!!
When it rains
We were pretty unfortunate with the weather as it started absolutely tipping it down not long after we arrived. Like everyone else we then headed inside the Great Hall and the rooms to take shelter from the rain. It was nice to walk around here, but didn’t appeal all that much to the boys. We had thought that Arthur would really like seeing all the suits of armour, but unfortunately he was really rather scared of them!!! Freddie seemed to be enjoying it all though!
I was a little concerned at this point that the day was going to be a wash out because there really isn’t all that much to do inside there, that would be suitable for the little ones!
Luckily for us, the rain did eventually ease up and we headed back outside. We took some lunch at one of the stalls as opposed to trying to get inside anywhere as it was packed!
Towers and Ramparts
After having a wonder around the grounds we decided we wanted to go up to the top so we left Freddie with Gran and started our trek. In true bad blogger style I can’t remember the name of the walk that takes you around all the towers…..but the main thing to note about it, is that there are A LOT of steps. Seriously, there are hundreds! Its also really quite narrow and not a lot of railings on the internal steps. Anything that was outside though felt secure with extra railings etc!
Now obviously thats because its a real Castle and health and safety was not top priority back in those days! But, obviously its something to consider when deciding whether or not to try and take small kids up there! Arthur, at 3, was not able to walk the whole way and definitely was getting restless on the busy steps. The problem is that once you’ve started there aren’t really any ways out except the actual exit so that could be a bit disastrous if your kid decides to throw a bit of a wobbly!! Luckily, no wobblies from Arthur this time but he definitely did need some help from Daddy at some points!
Aside from all that though, it was really nice to do that and there are some amazing views to be had!
After that we decided to let Arthur and Freddie stretch their legs a bit and took him to a kids park, Pageant Playground. It was great in there with lots of different slides and walkways for Arthur to go nuts on!
We then wandered round to the other new feature at Warwick Castle which is the Horrible Histories Maze. This was something that we all really enjoyed, as we ‘got lost in time’
Arthur was playing it cool a little (read: totally posing for our new camera!) but he really enjoyed running around in there, finding all the different areas.
Let me tell you, this was definitely something all ages were enjoying! There was no way we were going to leave without having collected all the stamps first!!!
Arthur clearly is no Mastermind but you didn’t have to be to enjoy the Maze! It didn’t matter that he didn’t understand the history, he loved the whole experience of exploring the maze!
I don’t mind admitting that I was totally down with taking the chance to turn it into a little photoshoot!!!
Shows and activities
There are loads of daily shows and activities at Warwick Castle, along with special events at different times of the year. All the adults were excited about the Knights Tournament and really wanted to see the Trebuchet be fired.
With Arthur already showing that he wasn’t keen on Knights shows at Kenilworth Castle I didn’t have high hopes for Arthur being on board with this one. Particularly since I knew it would be louder and flashier at Warwick Castle. We tried our luck anyway but it didn’t take long for Arthur to get a little overwhelmed by it all. Perhaps the long walk up the towers had not been such a good idea because he was totally exhausted. I put him in the pushchair, left Freddie with everyone else and took him for a walk. It wasn’t long before he was totally out (which is quite impressive for a boy that no longer naps!)
Freddie on the other hand, was apparently totally mesmerised and loved the whole thing!!
Should you visit Warwick Castle with Young Kids?
In an annoyingly non committal answer; it depends.
For our kids, Id say Kenilworth Castle was a little more suitable for them. But, that was mostly down to Arthur being overwhelmed by the noise, business and in your face-ness that came with Warwick Castle. There were other kids Arthur’s age that were soaking in the atmosphere!
I think that picking your day weather wise is very important, as there really isn’t all that much to keep the little ones entertained in the wet.
From what I gather, there are vouchers available a lot of the time for Warwick Castle and I would definitely take advantage of that. You can also save 30% by booking online which is great and saves potential wait time when you arrive!
Next time we are in the UK, Arthur will be 5 and Freddie 3 (oh my!) and I think that they will get a lot more out of the day then they did this time around.
All in all though we did have lots of fun at Warwick Castle and there are plenty of great memories for us and the boys from our trip there!
Have you been to Warwick Castle with young kids? Would you recommend it?