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“Poor value for money, but a reasonable day out”
Review of Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle
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$18.75*
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Warwick Castle: Admission Ticket
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.
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Whatever you do, don't pay full price for this attraction as it's ridiculously expensive.

The 'Merlin' experience is only for the very young, so don't bother wasting your money unless you are there with pre-schoolers; the 'Dungeon' experience is the same as all the other Dungeon fright experiences in, for example London or York, but there you don't have the additional expense of the castle entrance fee. It was good fun, as they always are, but they had crammed far too many people onto the tour we were on, so it was impossible to feel involved or see anything in the first three or four rooms.

We were left queuing in the rain for 15 minutes waiting to get in to the castle and later, wating to enter the Merlin and Dungeon experiences we were also left waiting in the rain while the relentless cash generating business of taking tacky photos to sell at inflated prices to gulible visitors continued.

The castle is beautiful but there is little if any information about the contents or the history (although the staff appeared knowledgable when questioned about things.) By contrast, the Mill contained much more informative displays. The bird of prey display was excellent and thoroughly enjoyable.

Although we did have a good day overall, we were left with the distinct impression that we were only of any interest when we were spending money.

1  Thank Eleanor C C
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Does your camera have enough space?
Do you have enough batteries?
Pushchairs for kids even if they are grown out of it.
Do you have the whole day for this? If not make it available!

It was a day to remember for my kids. This was like a special treat for them.
So much to see, so much to climb.
Peacocks, Eagles, Owls
Nice gardens
Inside of the castle is fantastically preserved and maintained. Need lot of flash to take photos inside.
Climbing the towers were exhausting but was fun at the end. Nice view from the top.
Worth the money!

1  Thank roshithaaaa
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We ordered Merlin Annual Passes online to be picked up at Warwick castle, this was very quick and easy and the passes were there waiting for us when we arrived. The members of staff at Warwick castle were polite, friendly and enthusiastic, in particular the man doing the “Kingmaker” tour.

There are a lot of different areas of the castle, including the towers, ramparts, housing accommodation, a bear-bating room, a water mill, birds of prey area, trebuchet and gardens. These areas are all kept to a high standard and even the towers smell of incense.

There are several shows everyday, including firing the trebuchet (morning and evening – the evening one is set alight!), birds of prey and archery. We only caught a bit of the birds of prey show but it seemed well put together and informative.

In all we spent about 3 hours here, we would have spent longer if the weather was better (it was bucketing it down all day) as there is a lot to do outside. I think in the summer there is more on as there are a lot of tents in the main courtyard area.

The only negative thing is that the entry price is a little steep for what you get, considering you have to pay extra for the Merlin Tower and the Dungeons and these are not included in the standard Merlin Passes. I find this strange as all of the other Dungeons in the country are included.

Oh and also be aware if you have young children or have difficulty walking that there is a bit of a walk from the car park to the entrance of the castle and the steps up to the towers are very steep.

Thank hobnobbly
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Visited the castle last week for a day out with 2 friends (last visit was about 2 years ago). Just like to say how great the atmosphere and the site looked when we visited. The castle itself is a imposing building with thoughtfully landscaped gardens by Capability Brown no less. The attractions seem to be really well looked after, the 'smells' in the Kingmaker exhibition bring it to life and had my friend commenting about them, I can't remember them being so pungent! Well done. The Dungeons are great and the Dream of Battle (although small) was laid out well with some interesting props on display. We missed out the Merlin Tower as we had no children with us.

We loved the outdoor shows aswell such as the Trebuchet and the birds. I'd definitely like come back to see the advertised upcoming events in the Summer (horrible histories I recall). Although Warwick Castle is not classed as a theme-park, the small touches such as the flags, armour and smells around site really add to the immersive feel of this great place. Credit must go to the staff who keep up with these details! Will be visiting again soon.

Thank Sparks145
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We visited Warwick castle on a day trip while staying on a mini break this whole day was very interesting an knowledgeable staff were good role play was excellent .

Thank Tracey D
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