Went to Kryal Castle in the 80s on a school trip and never been back? Well it's time to revisit the Ballarat Medieval tourist attraction. I was keen to see what the newly refurbished park had to offer and was surprised by the options. There's something for everyone here: a cute puppet show for little kids, interactive session in the Wizard's Workshop or with the Knights of the round table for medium sized kids and the macabre torture dungeon and museum for the over-12s. The Mounted Skills at Arms Show (Medieval games on horseback) is just great.
The highlight of the day though were the character actors playing the roles of Knights, Wizards and Squires - just hilarious. They stayed in character the whole time and interacted with our group throughout our visit. Let's face it - who else is going to address you as M'Lady these days?
The food in the cafe is homemade and tasty. The setting is beautiful and the experience is worth it. On the down side - there's no access via public transport so it's a self-drive trip or a taxi from the train station, so plan ahead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Following a major redevelopment, and reopening in March 2013, Kryal Castle is Australia's only medieval adventure park, and recreates a legendary land of myths and medieval adventure with knights, dragons, wizards, kings, queens, princesses and fairies. Within the Castle walls is a medieval town of activities, where visitors feel as if they have entered a unique and magical place! Witness daring jousting contests, venture down into the creepy Torture Dungeon or wander through the grounds and gardens exploring the Knight's Round Table Tower, the Maze, Dragon's Labyrinth, Village Traders, Bravehearts Playground, Wizards Workroom, Jesters Theatre and so much more. Buy sweets from the Tooth Fairy Lolly Shop, and if you can't resist the lure of this fascinating period try on an outfit at the King's Britches Costume Emporium and take a picture of your medieval self. To extend the adventure, visitors can continue with a night in one of the Castle's 17 luxury suites, which beautifully capture the glory and mystery of times past, with stunning hand woven European tapestries, yet are as modern and as well equipped as any lord or lady would want. Perfect for romantic getaways or fun family adventures staying in the heart of the action! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kryal Castle Suites Ballarat, Victoria