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“500 years old and still daggy!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kryal Castle

Kryal Castle
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Ranked #11 of 72 things to do in Ballarat
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Owner description: Kryal Castle Adventure Park & Resort in Ballarat, Victoria officially reopened their doors to its NEW land of medieval adventure on March 2, 2013. Kryal Castle has been transformed for the first time since opening in the 1970s - to bring back to life this Victorian tourism icon which in November 2013 won Best New Tourism Development at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards. An adventure park unlike any other in Australia, it brings to life a legendary and mythical land of medieval knights, battles, dragons, wizards, kings, enchanting queens, princesses and fairies. The multi-million dollar redevelopment restored all areas of the original castle including the moat, drawbridge, maze and castle towers, as well as refurbishment of seventeen four-star, luxury on-site castle suites, with hand-woven French and Belgium tapestries. Open weekends, school holidays and public holidays from 10 am - 4pm (latest entry 3pm)- prepare for excitement at the new Kryal Castle - there are plenty of wonders and medieval marvels for EVERYONE - little kids and big kids - parents and grandparents - alike!
Adelaide, Australia
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“500 years old and still daggy!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

Kryall Castle was really disappointing. As a history buff I was really looking forward to a hands on medieval experience.
The place looks tired and run down. The day we visited, I counted 12 other visitors and saw maybe 6 staff, three of whom were only there to do some displays on the jousting ground.
Lots of areas were not accessible, eg. the maze was closed and there was only one shop open which was selling tacky chinese made plastic swords and fairy dresses!
This is a golden opportunity lost......have shops open selling pottery, hand forged metal ware, candles, preserves. Have a demonstration of butter and cheese making, an outside furnace cooking bread, a pig or lamb on the spit, an apothecary selling handmade soaps and herbal remedies.Let the kids roam in a farmyard atmosphere with sheep, chickens and goats.
What about a dress shop with handmade medieval clothes?
The place was sad and dead. Until I hear about improvements I will give it a miss next time we go through Ballarat.

Visited March 2014
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Narre Warren, Australia
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“Theatre Show And 3 course Meal + Accomadation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

Great show comedy for 3+hours non stop , The meal was fantastic and more than enough and some Drinks are very pricey . The accomadation is very clean the bed,s are extremly comfy.
Got free entry into the castle the following day kid friendly and adult friendly displays a must see for all

Visited March 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great potential - but chivalric inspiration needed!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014

Overall, it was just about worth the trip from Melbourne. The children enjoyed the dragon's labyrinth and the jousting, especially. I thought it was a nice touch that the knights on horseback came up to the fence to interact with the spectators afterwards. My boys were thrilled to meet a "real knight"! The face painting was also excellent.

However, some of the "shows" were rather uninspiring (e.g. the knights' round table meeting, the wizard's workshop display, the pantomime). These could definitely be a LOT more entertaining - some chivalric inspiration is required for sure! Furthermore, there wasn't anywhere to try costumes on (which was one of the things my boys had been looking forward to the most), so that was a major let-down. When I enquired, we were told that the costumes were temporarily unavailable and would be back in a couple of weeks - shame that wasn't indicated on the website, because we would have saved our visit until then... It would also have been great if there had been staff in character wandering around, as some other reviewers have mentioned.

My main advice would be don't visit on a warm/hot day, as there is little shade. The stands where you watch all the shows in the main arena are completely uncovered and sitting on baking concrete in 30 degree heat is not pleasant. The children's playground is in full sun too.

Another issue re. the playground was that lots of kids were running and climbing with swords/bows and arrows etc despite a sign forbidding this. To be fair, the "playground rules" notice wasn't particularly prominent, so I think it needs to be repositioned and in bigger lettering, plus a little 'policing' by staff may be necessary as well. I was really worried about my children getting injured in the face/eye (some of the toy swords looked a little too pointed for my liking), so we didn't stay at the playground long, although the boys would have liked to...

Visited March 2014
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Alice Springs, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6,046 helpful votes
“Ye old, but ye pricey”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

Kryal Castle is located just before Ballarat.
It is way up on the hill so don't miss it and look out for the turn off.
The jousting demonstrations are great to watch.

It is a bit expensive once you purchase food or want a souvenir photo on top of your
$31 entry fee. It would be great for kids but expect to pay a premium.

On the positive side there is a lot to see here like the dragons labyrinth, knights of the round table, torture and dungeon museum and a maze- just to name a few.

Visited February 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Uninspired and disappointing.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

I wanted to write a review after seeing so many 5star reviews to balance it out. We went with friends from the area because no one had ever been, but I don't think it is worth the $31 entry fee - there's just been hardly enough effort made to make this place fun. The following day we went to Sovereign Hill in the same area and it was amazing.

We had been told it had been recently renovated and had heard a good review. The jester and knights of the round table 'shows' were unscripted and awkward, felt more like a year 10 drama class having free time with no teacher.

The rooms are just uninspired - the sweets shop was just unlabelled buckets on shelves, the 'bakery' was an overpriced cafe with $10 burgers and few other options, and the fairys and goblins room was a room with one table of meagre activities. Face painting had been available for one hour in the morning, so the kids we were with missed out and they were charging a dollar extra anyway, which is a bit cheeky. There's a shop, that's not fun at all, where you can buy your $30 souvenir photos - we didnt see anywhere you could try on costumes. The wizards shop is a display room behind bars and the terrifying underground dungeon not that and only about twice the size of the giant sign that warns you how scary it is anyway.

The staff were all nice, and as enthusiastic as I would imagine possible despite working in the grim rooms that look like no one could be all that bothered putting effort in designing them. Perhaps they're waiting for funds to keep decorating but again when you compare it to Sovereign Hill it was just poor.

Having visited many real castles I don't think I actually learned anything about castles or medieval history, despite it being marketed as a "real replica castle". Its nothing like a castle. The Skill at arms display, which Im not sure is even the right name, again was a good display marred by being told to shout HAZAA every five seconds for a reason we are still unsure of.

There were more renovations at the back of the field that had closed some rooms, which was unannounced at the start. The reason I wanted to write the review isn't to whinge, its just to warn you that until they put in some effort here it's better to put your money towards somewhere else.

Simple things like redecorating the rooms so they're medieval themed would help. What about making the animal pens an actual small petting zoo so the kids can pat a little goat or pig? A dress up room with a castle picture background where kids can dress up and parents can take pictures? Writing an actual script for around the knights round table that shows a bit of history rather than Miley cyrus twerking jokes? Even a small amount of research done could show how easily the place could be improved.

Until the people in charge put some pride and effort into making this place a coherent attraction thats themed throughout the way it's marketed, it's going to be far outshone by Sovereign Hill and the beautiful town of Ballarat itself.

Visited January 2014
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