With children on their school holidays and covid-19 restrictions in place, it’s hard to know where would make for a good family day out this year.
We went along to Merlin’s Warwick Castle, to find out just how suitable it is and whether it lives up to its reputation as a fantastic family attraction.
When we visited in July, the castle was nicely busy, but the vast site meant there was plenty of space and overall it felt quiet. First, we ventured into the castle itself. The exhibition is so impressive, with loads of rooms to venture into and some immaculately-detailed displays. Our children were memorised by the settings, asked loads of questions and enjoying seeing the huge collection of armour.
Once we’d done the rooms, we went into the turrets. If you don’t like enclosed spaces and lots of stairs, these are not for you – but our youngest (aged 3 and a half) had no problem holding our hand and climbing the stairwells. One of the turrets enables you to stand on the very top and look out for miles. It’s a stunning view and we loved it.
After lots of climbing, we were ready to eat. Whilst you can’t yet sit inside and do this, there are plenty of kiosks open and of course you can take your own picnic – like we did. There was no problem finding an available bench, and we sat looking out over the beautiful grounds. There were plenty of toilet facilities, all with short queues, so again this was very family friendly.
Next, we explored the gardens, checking out the peacocks and walking through the grounds. This was really enjoyable, and again, there were lots of places for us to stop and sit.
Twice a day, Warwick Castle are running their falconry show. We understand this has been adapted for post-covid and haven’t seen it before to compare, but we can tell you it was sensational! The quality of the show, the beauty of the birds of prey, it really was one of the best things we have seen in such a long time.
After the show, we headed to the Horrible Histories maze, which again, was great fun for the whole family and a real laugh. After a quick visit to the gift shop, it was time to head home, following a truly unforgettable day.
All day long there was a brilliantly helpful princess on held to guide us and answer questions, and other than some distancing and a one way system in the castle, there was no sign of covid-19 spoiling any fun whatsoever. We would totally recommend Warwick Castle to any family looking for a fun day out this Summer – it’s just brilliant.
Visit warwick-castle.com for tickets and full details.