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“One of the best castle visits available, but at theme park prices” 3 of 5 stars
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Warwick Castle
Castle Lane, Warwick CV34 4QU, England
+44 871 265 2000
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Owner description: Imagine a totally electrifying day out at Britain’s ultimate castle. Where you can immerse yourself in a thousand years of jaw-dropping history – come rain or shine.Where ancient myths and spell-binding tales set your imagination alight, and your hair on end. Where princesses are pampered and maidens are wooed, as winners become true heroes and losers are confined to dark, dank dungeons to be forgotten for eternity. It could only be Warwick Castle.
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“One of the best castle visits available, but at theme park prices”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Warwick Castle is one of the few mediaeval castles in England that has survived virtually intact.This has led to it remaining as a private residence with some sumptuous state apartments right up to the present day. Now it's a tourist attraction, and it has made the most of what it can offer. For example, the gatehouse, which could have been a rather boring 'oh look it's got a double portcullis' walk-through building, is transformed into an exhibition of Neville the Kingmaker, with lifelike models, armour, staff in period costume, and even artificial mediaeval smells.

Being private, it receives no state funding at all. Possibly as a consequence, the entry fees are eye-watering: the cheapest adult walk-up ticket is 23 pounds (half price for chiuldren 4-11), and car parking is an extra 6 pounds. These prices are similar to theme parks such as Alton Towers or Legoland; admittedly, like theme parks, some smallish discounts are available on advance or multiple purchases. The castle has a few additional attractions -- a bird of prey show, archery (costs extra), a children's playground, jousting knights -- but I found the half-theme-park experience (right down to a switchback ticket queue with muzak playing) hard to adjust to.

I wouldn't recommend it for kids under 5 (or their parents). Pushchairs are banned from the state apartments; the walk around the battlements requires climbing and descending 3 towers with spiral staircases; the dungeon (which I missed) is not recommended for young children; and being a castle, a lot of the information is martial in nature. For older kids, there is the playground, and a special Princess' Tower (playroom?) available. At least food prices are more like National Trust prices than theme park prices -- 3.50 for sandwiches, 1.80 for a can of Appletise. (This is from a stall; I didn't try the restuarant).

The bird of prey show ended up as a kind of analogy of my whole visit. It featured Dexter, one of a pair of Harris hawks. He performed well, though the keeper emphasises there was no love between him and Dexter, it was all done for food rewards. However, Dexter's brother, Charlie, no longer does the flying shows because he is less interested in entertaining and more interested in killing pigeons. My visit felt like half (rather exploitative) entertainment and half a lesson in bloody history, with a few paintings and early electricity generators to lighten it up (sorry, bad pun).

Visited December 2012
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“Dungeon is a hoot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Despite another rainy day wandering the halls of Warwick castle easily passed 3 soggy hours. The dungeon tour is a fabulous way to finish up with a good laugh. Great characters take you through the horrors but in a typically Brit wit. Laughed til we cried.

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“What a rip off!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I've thought long and hard about this review...Warwick Castle is an amazing piece of British history and is you can see it for the right price or even you have so much money you don't care then you also should ....but this is about my experience. Myself, my husband,my 18 year old daughter and her friend visited just after Christmas. After paying £6 for the privilege of parking the car a league away from the gate, we were charged £96 to get into the Castle and grounds! £96 for just the standard entry ...it's another £9 each if you want to see the Dungeons bit and another £3 each to go up Merlins tower. Outrageous! And we were astonished to see that to come in as a family group the girls would have to have been 11 or under..... an adult at 12? It shouldn't have surprised us then to come across a 'have a go' archery thing that you could have a go at ....for another £3!!
So once you've traded your firstborn child for the cost of entry what is Warwick Castle actually like? For all the cash they are making, I was expecting to see something really special for Christmas at least. We visited Chatsworth House just before Christmas ( for a fraction of the price) and that was decorated beautifully. Well a couple of Christmas trees and some tired baubles later the girls decided to pay extra and do the Dungeon thing. They thought it was good, but paying took a lot of the pleasure away.
We walked the towers and ramparts whilst they did that. Now my daughter tells me there is a sign saying that you have to do the whole lot, but we didnt see it and as I had major surgery 7 weeks ago I was in real trouble when we realised that having started we had no choice but to climb every tower, up one side, down, then up again, then onto the next one. It was never ending and hardly helped by some of the stairwells being pitch dark.... a health and safety nightmare.
The plus side? We saw a Georgian Duelling display which was entertaining..... And in the summer the grounds are lovely for picnicking ....just a shame it wasn't really!
I am told there are half price offers for Warwick all over the place, but we obviously didn't see any and are placing Warwick Castle on Santa's Naughty List for ripping us off.

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“Great Day Out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

It's a great day out a warwick castle but on the day entry is expensive so I reccommend that you prebook online as these tickets are much more reasonable. Lots going on throughout the day.

Visited August 2012
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“A wonderful family day our”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Visited with my grown up family on a day that was full of entertainment including a visit to the haunted tower and falconry displays

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