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“Renaissance Faire Forgetable” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mount Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Mount Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, PA 17545
717-665-7021
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Manheim
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Wineries, Food & Drink
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Owner description: This winery is also home to a theater group, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire's Acting Company, which puts on performances regularly.
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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“Renaissance Faire Forgetable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

If you are into roll playing, This is your venue.
It is obviously not mine.
Prices are high. The wine is good.
Things to see are the Joisting, Bees, and Glass Blowing.....
Not children freindly at all. If you can not handle Renaissance or feel alittle out of place,..
I would suggest the Hersey Museum thirty miles down the road.

Visited August 2012
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“Parking at the PA Renaissance Faire”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

I have attended this event for more than 10 years and went yesterday, October 14th, arriving at 10:15 a.m. We always arrive early so we can:1)park near the entrance 2)enter when the gates open at 11 a.m. Yesterday the parking attendants were parking cars arriving at that time (and earlier) AT THE FARTHEREST END OF ALL OF THE PARKING LOTS which meant that we literally had to HIKE to the entrance! Attendees arriving much later were parked in the nearest locations to the entrance. WHY???They had an insufficient number of people at the security check point which meant that at 10:30 a.m. the line to get in extended back to the parking area. Very very poor organization.

Visited October 2012
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Barbara M, Public Relations Manager at Mount Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
October 14th was a very busy Faire day. The parking crew works with our security team and local law enforcement to ensure safe entry to the property for everyone. As always. parking is free of charge and is a delicate balance of bringing cars off the main road, directing them to two different lots, often with two lanes coming in to each lot, and parking them closest to the point of the property entry to pull the cars off the main road more quickly and working outward. The lot mentioned is, in fact, the easiest to exit at the end of the night and is approximately 300 feet away from what would be considered the “closest” parking lane to the front gate. As the day was a busy one, there was a line at the check point. It takes a moment to check IDs properly and stamp hands for those patrons who wish to enjoy the beer and wine at the Faire. Typically, the wait is 5-7 minutes in an extreme situation. As always, we do our best to quickly bring patrons onto the grounds to begin experiencing the fantasy of the Faire.
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“Amusement park sans rides”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

From the second you walk in, it is surreal, and not in a swept away to another place in time feel. Lots of people, some dressed in medieval garb, most with costumes not really fitting in with the relatively few paid actors with real costumes, mulling around looking at the myriad of made in China souvenirs with a few exceptions; blacksmith, glassblower, fur trader, which had interesting hand made stuff. Unless you truly live for this stuff, it seems like mostly expensive concession stands and a money making operation, which would be fine if you really felt like you stepped back in time, which sadly for my family, it did not. Paying to get in then paying literally for every activity once inside besides the jousting and magic show, made $200 easily disappear. A five and eight year old were ready to bail after about 2 hours. Could be so much better. For the money they take in, I'm sure they can afford a few more paid actors to interact with the crowds. We didn't bother with the winery portion of the grounds as we don't like sweet wine, so I can't comment.

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“A riveting good time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We spent yesterday at the PA Ren Faire and had a great time! There is plenty to do at the Faire so you could very easily spend a full day there. We bought our tickets ahead of time online and saved $4 per ticket. Our Pre Order line was also shorter than for those who were buying at the Faire. Parking is free, but be careful, you could easily drop a chunk of money once inside because everything from crafts to food to tarot reading souvenirs are very enticing.

Please note that there are a couple very steep hills. Just something to be mindful of if you are traveling with anyone who may tire easily or have trouble walking uphill.

Food: We started the day by heading straight to O'Malley's Pub for drinks. The Mulled Wine was very delicious and warmed you up on a chilly October day. I also tried the Mount Hope Chardonnay ($5.75 for a 5 oz. goblet) which was very good as well. They do have a couple spots to wine taste throughout the faire, but it was much too crowded for my liking.

Turkey Legs: As part of the Ren Faire experience, my opinion is a turkey leg is a must have. You will have to wait in a long line for them, but they have nice flavor. The downside is they were a bit chewy - but in the medieval times I'm not sure chewy was such a big deal.

Pickle on a stick: Seemed to be very popular. We didn't try it.

Panini's: We had Panini's for lunch at the place across from O'Malley's pub. They were very tasty and you received a large sandwich and healthy portion of chips for $7. Not too bad.

Shows: We also spent some time watching the Jousting which was an interesting show. The do about an hour's worth of show and then tell you to come back at 6:00pm for the final Joust of the day (lots of buildup). Unfortunately, the referee of the first Joust seemed to be in training and kept forgetting or messing up his lines. It got so bad that the Jousting knights just began to take over his lines. We definitely understand that there is a learning curve for everyone, but it did keep us from coming back at 6 for the final Joust. Other than that, a couple of the knights were amusing to watch and they did some crowd participation with a few young children in the crowd. So put your kids up close to the gate!!

We tried one show, Pickling Stiffs, at the Adult Theater which was definitely adult oriented! It will make you blush, but was very funny.

Bathrooms: They need more! There was a 20 minute line every time the "Privy" was needed. Even the men had a line. As a warning, the men's bathrooms are porta potties.

Costume: We did not dress up, but many people were! We almost felt like the individuals out of place since so many others were in costume.

Overall, the Ren Faire is a unique place and worth the trip!

Visited October 2012
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“Entertaining for everyone!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

This is my first experience with a Renaissance Faire and I truly enjoyed it. There were so many events going on you can truly take all day. The food is wonderful and reasonably priced. Try a Scotch Egg! I dont recommend the souvenior cups because unless you really want it you will just be toting it all day long and for the cost you can get four normal drinks through out the day.

The crafts were intriguing but very expensive. I would recommend steering your kids away from those areas. There are primitive rides as well for a fee, usually $2.00. If your not careful you can easily spend a ton of money.

The musical acts were good, the jousting was ok. There is an area where you can fight your friends and even if you dont do it be sure to watch it. This area consists of two or more friends putting on light armor with balloons taped to the top of their helmet, and one on each shoulder. The obeject is to pop the balloons with your sword first. Very funny and harder than it sounds. Also visit the Royal dogs and the Royal Falcon. There is an elephant ride but honestly that poor elephant looked awlful.

If we go again I will definitely dress up. Your ticket is discounted if you do but honestly it just makes the fun greater.

For those interested there is beer and wine offered on site.

Visited October 2012
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