OK I read the reviews and was expecting the worst but to me surprise have just had two great days out at Warwick Castle. Pricey?- a resounding yes, Packed? - can be but not overwhelmingly so, Historically sound-, well up to a point yes but information is tough to come by. Even my 6 year old wanted to know who built the castle and why ad who lived their. I had to turn to my i-phone and the wonders of 3G to answer his questions which is a huge shame. No information boards no overview leaflet (that might have persuaded me that the 'brochure was a worthwhile purchase'.
Still the sun shone on us, the 'characters' were overwhelming friendly, stayed unfailingly in character and were very happy to share their knowledge. They and the birds of prey were for our two families the start attraction. Note to other mums and dads; if you think the birds of prey thing is going to be dull its not - Its so good we saw the show 4 times in 2 days and loved it. the kids were blown away by birds the size of a small child swooping low over their heads and sweeping around the castle. Magic, really magic.
So scan the internet get the best offers you can, take a picnic and LOTS of water and prepare for a bit of medieval magic. If you see the offer for the second day at £1 then grab it as it makes the whole thing a much more leisurely experience and all the better for it.
By the way its worth exploring the battlements just as a show starts and the hordes are not jamming the steep stairs and narrow passing points.
Its worth being aware that the bathrooms are few and far between and can have huge queue so if you have kids you will end up making unscheduled 'treestops' - I guarantee it.
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