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Stratford, The Cotswolds, Oxford and Warwick Castle Tour from London
Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Warwick
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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“Our first time......”
Reviewed June 9, 2012 via mobile

Having read some of the reviews on here I can see where people are coming from but there is enough information available on the web for no aspect of a visit to Warwick Castle to be a surprise, including the parking costs ( yep it's a bit steep ). Buying an overpriced Coat of Arms or a caricature as an impulse buy is a personal decision. We planned ahead and bought the tickets a week in advance which were a fraction of some of the prices being mentioned on here. It's not a cheap day out like a walk round a public park but the falconry, jousting, waxworks and the other shows were spot on. The guy who played Henry viii was funny, educational and entertaining.
My advice is to anyone contemplating a visit is do some reading on the web first, book in advance and resist temptation to impulse buy. Then you should have a reasonably priced, entertaining and fun day out.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“An expensive and dull imitation of Medieval Times”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

We rode in from the train from London, so I cannot attest to how much parking costs. However, a simple ticket for the castle and yards was around £30 per person. Each attraction inside was additional cost.

Queues for the castle were extremely long. As there were no limit to the amount of people allowed in a room at a single time, rooms were overcrowded. There were no (or limited to a single paragraphed sign) information about the displays. This was less historical and more entertainment--and poor entertainment at that. Because of the amount of people, it was impossible to enjoy anything, and there were no available staff to answer any questions, should there be any.

The "shows" that are advertised have the ability to be good, minus two exceptions--1. it is impossible to see anything due to the crowd and limited viewing ares (due to the crowding) and 2. these are poor imitations of what could be a good show. Think a very poor man's version of Medieval Times, minus the alcohol but with much more added expense.

The absolute only redeeming factor was the reenactment group on the front lawn of the castle who are actually trying to preserve and educate about the historical element.

In all, too expensive, an extreme rip-off, and I absolutely would not recommend to anyone. If you have small children, it's too expensive for what equates to a day at the park. Teenagers will be bored. Middle-aged children will want to spend all of your money on the trinkets, dungeon exhibit (another rip-off), and shield painting. Those without children will be near tears due to the sheer amount of children. And parents---don't do this to yourself. Just don't.

Visited June 2012
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Darwin, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Not for those with mobility issues”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

We never went in - discovered it was a 20 minute walk from car park to castle - so excludes those with mobility issues

Visited June 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Warwick Castle another example of rip off Britain.”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

We visited this attraction only first of all being charged £6.00 to park in a muddy field! We had prebooked our tickets on the internet and although expensive were cheaper than turn up prices. Well what a disappointment to discover that you then had to fork out loads more money for the dungeons, fairy castle and even £5.00 to fire some bows and arrows! Surely they should be included in the already high admission. It was raining so we thought we would have lunch, alas the restaurant was over full and therefore the closed sign went up for some considerable time. We had to resort to the usual over priced hot dogs (almost a fiver for a hot dog you can buy in packets of ten for under £2.00). The eagle show was excellent however. The jousting was an absolute joke. Lacklustre staff trying to drum up laughs with a terrible script and a few jousts. This place sums up rip off Britain, pay through the nose to get in and then pay through the nose for everything else. It is a beautiful castle though. As it was raining we thought we would take advantage of their Rainy day policy (whereby you can get free admittance back in that year) shame none of the staff were able to explain it to us. In fact the staff member in the box office was downright rude. Would I return a definite no. Go to the seaside or to Hever Castle. Not enough to do in the rain without having to fork out a fortune. We worked out that if you went with your children you would be paying over £200 by the time you factor all the extras in and expensive food and drink.

Visited June 2012
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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2012

Really entertaining lots to see and do/have a goes for all ages from archery to rat slinging! The actors are brilliant, really funny monty python-esque, really knowledgeble they really bring history alive. Maintains the castle history in an artful, innovative way that reaches out to all!

Visited June 2012
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