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“a summers day at warwick castle” 4 of 5 stars
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Warwick Castle
Castle Lane, Warwick CV34 4QU, England
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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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“a summers day at warwick castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2006

warwick castle is set amidst large rambling grounds . and the castle and grounds are accessed down a long driveway off a main road into warwick,
the day we visited was in the main summer hols and we queued for possibly an hour , some time queueing on the road and then queueing to park , this did seem to be a bit disorganised to be honest .from the car park it can be a good 20 minute walk to the castle.
then there was another 20 minute wait for tickets to get in ,

however once inside the castle grounds you can tell its going to be worth the wait ,
we first sat down on the grass for lunch and to watch the birds of prey demonstration and excelent and informative it was.

from here we decided to get up on the walls , there are some suprisingly high walls and higher towers, too wich there a lot of steps to climb and narrow passages to negotiate,

from here we went to the dungeons , only small but interesting.
ditto the next exhibition of arms and armour .
also worth note are the various characters wandering about in period costume .

time came now to watch the archery demonstration again fun and interesting,
as was the jousting , held on a large field to the side of the castle,
the jousting was fun and entertaining , as were the two knights in armour who hold a battle between themselves after the jousting event ,
we then had to clear the area back over the river to an embankment as they were going to fire the trebouchet,
basicaly a large catapult , over in a minute but fun to watch,

next we made for the haunted tower , to be honest i thought this a bit gimmicky , and also you had to pay extra , it wasnt cheap and was over in minutes . in my opinion give it a miss .

to end the day off we had a quick walk around the gardens and a tour of the accomodations halls bedrooms ,dining rooms etc , i would of liked more time to do these but the day had flown by and we were out of time ,
warwick certainly aint cheap to get in but you feel its money well spent and i would highly recomend the whole thing ,we will probably go back again next year at a quieter time ,

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“Birds of Prey Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2006

My partner and I did the Birds of Prey experience at Warwick Castle last weekend. It was quite expensive, costing £80, but this including the entrance fee and a lunch voucher - though I've seen similar experiences advertised for at least twice this amount. It was absolutely superb. We had a handler all to ourselves (though up to four people could book each day) for a leisurely two hours, throughout which he continually regaled us with information and stories about the birds and the castle. We flew two Harris Hawks and a Buzzard solidly for virtually the whole two hours and at the end we had a 'photo opportunity' with a Bald Eagle on our arm. The whole experience was amazing, to see such wonderful birds up close. I couldn't recommend this experience enough. Awesome!!!

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“Birds of Prey experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2006

My husband and I went last week to the Warwick castle and paid for the Birds of Prey Experience, it's a bit pricey and worth the money. It was 80 pounds for me to do the experience and 25 pounds for Mark to be a spectator. This included 2 and a half hours with the birds, a really great parking spot, a 2 course lunch and admission to the castle. The experience started at 9:30 which is a half hour before the castle is open. We were brought in and met John and Paul the handlers of the birds. What they basically did was give us a falconers course. We started off getting fit for gloves (they let my husband participate also even though he was only a spectator). Then we were shown all of the birds. We helped feed a baby owl and then were introduced to our Harris hawks.
Then we each learned to walk with our bird, they were so beautiful. John and Paul were very safety oriented and they obviously love these birds. After walking the birds through the grounds for a while we were feeling comfortable so they got us a different set of hawks and let the birds fly. We just walked the grounds while the birds flew from tree to tree around us., we were given some food and then shown how to call the birds to the glove. It was an amazing experience to have such a beautiful bird land on my glove. The birds had such fun personalities. We then flew a few buzzards, then we flew an owl. Then they let us each pose with the Bald Eagle on our arms while the trainer stayed right out of sight. THAT was an impressive bird. The whole time we did this the handlers were teaching us about the birds, how they hunt, how they react to humans, telling us stories. It was the most amazing and wonderful experience and so far it has not been taken advantage of very often. I would highly recomend this experience. We started at 9:30 and at 12:00 they sat us down front and center for the birds of prey show. Then we had lunch and explored the rest of the castle which was a real treat. It was the most fun!!!!

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“the best castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2006

Without doubt, this has to be the best castle to visit. We went to several in Europe and the UK and found this to be the most interesting and informative as well as less commercialised than some. By setting up various scenarios in different parts of the castle they allow visitors to see what life was like in different historic periods. The hands on armoury display intrigued our daughter. As I have bad knees there were parts of the castle that I couldn't visit, but my husband enjoyed climbing up the towers to take photos. The man giving the talk on archery added to our enjoyment as well.

We pre-purchased heritage passes so I really wouldn't know whether the entry fee represents good value for money. However, I'd definitely recomment that visitors to the area allow at least half a day to visit the Castle.

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Fareham, Hampshire, UK
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“Beautiful grounds, but an expensive day out”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2005

We (2 adults + children aged 9 & 7) visited Warwick Castle today.

First thing to say is that this is not a cheap day out - a family ticket costs £45 and on top of this there are charges for parking (some one has been spending too much time at Disney) and the Ghosts alive attraction is an extra £2.50 per person, which is a bit cheeky considering the high entrance fee. Food is very overpriced and not the greatest quality, so consider taking a pick nick - there are plenty of lovely spots to stop and eat.

The grounds of the castle are beautiful with a lovely rose garden and acres of well designed an planted space. The castle itself has a number of attractions (dungeon, ramparts, great hall, etc), which are very interesting and well presented. Beware - if you have any kind of mobility difficulty or don't like walking up a lot of steep stairs, then this may not be the attraction for you as much of the castle would be inaccessible (those pesky middle-agers not taking future disability legislation into account in their designs).

There are lots of "shows" if these take your fancy, including jousting, birds of prey and a siege engine - there was a bit too much faffing around for our liking - we would have preferred them to get on with it - but they were all well presented.

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