With the kids preferring to go to Warwick Castle instead of Stratford-upon-Avon, we've changed our itinerary a bit. We (hubby, me, sons, aged 9,5) will be in Birmingham May 2nd-5th. We'll be going to Thomasland on Friday, May 3rd and Warwick Castle on Saturday, May 4th.
It's a bank holiday weekend and the Castle has reenactments shows on. Chances are it will be very crowded. I don't want to queue for tickets, so I've booked Warwick Castle tickets online... Luckily, the 7-day advance purchase tickets worked out to approximately the same price as using daysout 2-4-1 offers. So feeling okay about it.
But wondering what to do about the Thomasland tickets. If I book online even in advance... I'll be paying GBP 90 for 2 adults and 2 kids. We've decided to go to Tamworth by train. I'm assuming, with our train tickets, we'll be eligible for the daysout 2-4-1 offers. The adult admission price at the gate is GBP 36. We'll pay GBP 72 for 2 adult tickets and the kids will be free. We're going on a Friday morning before a bank holiday weekend. I imagine it won't be too crowded. Or am I misjudging how bad the crowds would be on Friday during term? Also would they let me use the 2-4-1 when its 2 adults, 2 kids or only for 4 adult tickets?
My other question is regarding the the Towers and Ramparts at Warwick Castle. Hoping someone who's visited may be able to answer it. I've read a lot of reviews... I gather its about 530 stairs up and down... and that once you decide to take the tour... there's no backtracking. But I can't judge how long it takes - 30 mins, an hour? If it's a lot longer, maybe the kids won't be up for it. (Just as a reference, they have climbed up the Notre Dame tower in Paris). I'm thinking that heading to the ramparts would be the first thing we do when the gates open at 10... And then we'll meet up with the relatives and friends who will be meeting us at the Castle for a day out.
Thanks for all the help, even with my previous questions.