At the end of half term we took a trip to Warwick Castle where we got to stay in the new King Style Glamping tents, which were brilliant. I shared with you last week all about our stay in them and today I wanted to talk more about our day at Warwick Castle.
Since having our Merlin Pass Holders, Warwick Castle has been on our list to visit, as it always looks stunning and there seems like there is a lot to do.
As we had stayed over the night before we went through the gate from the Knights Village at 10am when it opened and we went straight to the Princess Tower, you need to book a time slot to go up there. We were lucky that there was still space on the first slot and we only had 5 minutes to wait.
You are taken up into a small holding room to wait for the Princess and there is a book that you can write in to make a wish. Which both the girls filled in.
Then a door opened and the Princess invited us into her room. There is no photography allowed in here, which means I don’t have any photos to show you. The Princess tells the children the story of a prince who got stuck in a picture and they have to help release him. The girls really enjoyed it.
Afterwards we made our way around the castle rooms, where Alice really enjoyed seeing how they lived years ago and she was asking lots of questions.
I really enjoyed talking to Alice about it and it was lovely that she was so interested in hearing about everything.
We found the biggest mirror ever and I love this photo of us in it!
Once we had finished we climbed up the Conquerors Fortress and we had a great view of the castle grounds.
When you get to the top you could see for miles and also over the other side of the castle where they hold the War of the Roses show.
We then climbed up the other side of the castle. Andy and Holly only did the first bit as it was a bit too much for Holly’s legs. But Alice and I climbed the rest. We went up and down Caesars tower, across the side of the castle and then down another tower. I was really proud of her, it was a lot of steps and she really wanted to do it.
It was then time for an early lunch to make sure we made it in time for the War of the Roses show at 12.30pm. We headed to the Pizza and Pasta Buffet restaurant which was down in the basement of the castle. With a 20% discount for Merlin Pass Holders, it was a great value meal.
We then made our way over to watch the War of the Roses Live show. It is really popular and I was advised to get there 30 minutes before it started and I could see why.
On arrival you choose your side, picking either the red side (House of Lancaster) or the white side (House of York). The show takes you back to 1455 and tells the tale of the Wars Of The Roses and how the Tudors came to be.
The show features sword battles, jousting, real doves and it has you engaged in the story from the start.
It’s spectacular to watch and I was really pleased to see a female take a lead role, as a jouster who plays Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI.
Both my girls really enjoyed watching it and Alice couldn’t wait to go to school and tell her teacher all about it.
It really is a show not to miss and it is included in your general admission, there is no extra charge to watch it. The Wars of the Roses Live runs twice daily on weekends in June and July, before twice daily every day again during the summer school holidays.
Afterwards we walked around the castle grounds that were over that side of the castle. It really is a beautiful castle and everything that I thought it would be.
We made our way back over the bridge to find the Horrible Histories Maze.
Just outside the Horrible Histories Maze were these stocks that the girls couldn’t wait to get in. It’s not a trip to a castle if you don’t go in some stocks!
In the Horrible Histories Maze you get a passport and you have to find different stamps to complete the passport. I love these as it makes is a lot more interesting for the children and they had great fun running around the maze looking for the next stamp.
At each station there was something fun for the girls to do, which really added to the fun of it. Here they are on a set of scales, working out the weight to get it to balance.
Even the exit is fun! With a separate exit for big kids to climb through to get out.
We had a brilliant day out and it was really relaxed, which I don’t say a lot when we have two young children. But it really was, there was lots for the girls to do and they loved it.
They have the new Dragon Slayer show starting on the 3rd August, which is the Castle’s first evening show. Tickets start from £15 and it looks like it’s going to be an epic show.
The whole weekend was brilliant and the girls are already asking when they can go back, which is always a good sign that they had a fun time.
Disclosure: We are working with Merlin Annual Pass this year as ambassadors. Thank you Merlin for providing us with a year of fun.