Warwick Castle is one of our favourite places to visit with kids, offering a myriad of attractions all year round. From live falconry and archery displays to a magical Princess Tower to explore, this is the kind of castle you dreamed of as a child. Easily accessible from The Cotswolds and Birmingham, Warwick Castle is a must visit if you’re staying in the area. Read on to discover the highlights of this fairytale castle.
1. The Princess Tower
What could be more magical for a child than exploring a real-life princess tower, and helping her on her quest to defeat an evil sorcerer? Little ones will love the opportunity to join Princess Felice to help to solve a riddle, and break the curse put upon her brave suitor, Guy. Visits to the tower are included in your entry price to Warwick Castle, but limited to 30 people at a time. So make sure you collect your timed ticket from the entrance. The Princess Tower is open every weekend and throughout the year on selected dates (eg Half Term).
2. Horrible Histories Maze
The popular children’s books Horrible Histories come to life in this immersive, interactive maze, which kids of all ages are sure to enjoy. Navigate your way through the ages and the maze, as you face fun challenges like invading a Viking ship and surviving the trenches of the First World War. Collect stamps for your “time passport” as you go around. Then, once you have completed your passport and escaped the maze, you can collect a prize! The maze is included in your castle entry price, and open all year round.
BabyBreaks Tip: Pushchairs cannot be taken through the main house or in certain areas like the Maze. So plan in lots of rest stops for little ones, or bring a sling if you have a young baby.
3. Seasonal Events
Unlike some stately homes, Warwick Castle is open all year round, and it has an amazing range of events for families to enjoy. From an epic Easter Egg Hunt and Haunted House at Halloween, to Knight School during the summer holidays, there’s always something fun to look forward to. This year there are some amazing Christmas events too, including Santa Sleepovers, Carol Singalongs and a brand new ice rink. This is all in addition to the Castle’s daily shows and activities, such as falconry displays, juggling shows and storytime. Check out the website to see what’s on.
4. Rainy Day Guarantee
If you pre-book your tickets online (which is recommended as you can save up to 30%), then you will qualify for the castle’s unique Rainy Day Guarantee. This means that if it rains for one hour or more during your visit, you get a FREE return visit within 60 days! We think this is such a great perk, as entry tickets are on the pricey side, so it’s great to know you can go back if you haven’t been able to explore the grounds. Other good value ticket perks include parent and toddler tickets for just £12 during term time, and free entry for under 3’s all year round.
5. Unique Sleepovers
From just £43 per person you can stay in a glamping tent or luxury lodge nestled in the Castle’s 64 acres of beautiful grounds. Or even splash the cash on a suite in the 14th century tower. The price of your stay includes two days entry to the Castle, a cooked breakfast and exclusive additional evening entertainment. Can you imagine the kids excitement when you tell them you are not only visiting, but sleeping at a Castle?! What a fantastic family weekend that could be.
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