During a long summer stay in a Cotswolds village we had ample opportunity to explore both the Cotswolds and the surrounding area. One of Cat’s favourites was Warwick Castle, fun for kids of all ages.
Warwick Castle is often referred to as one of the best castles in England. And while I’m sure there’s stiff competition for that title, this one was certainly busy on a summer weekend.
I enjoyed ambling about the castle’s gorgeous interiors, and especially liked the rich tapestries and bright colours. Such a nice contrast to the current fashion of white-on-white-on-white…
Warwick castle was built in 1068 – on the site of a burh (a hill fort) from 914 – by none other than William the Conqueror, then later rebuilt, so today it appears as a very good example of a 14th century military fortress. It’s been in use throughout – as a stronghold in Medieval times and a country house by various earls of Warwick in later centuries – until 1978 when it was sold to the Tussauds Group. As expected then, the castle has eerily life-like wax figures from its 11 centuries of history.
Cat, my youngest daughter, is a bit weary of these fake doll-people (her words), so she much preferred being outdoors, especially with the birds. Much to her delight, England in summer seems to be ripe with travelling falconers. In just one week, we saw magnificent birds of prey three times. As if that wasn’t enough, I was further persuaded to visit Cotswold Falconry Centre as well. What one doesn’t do for the little ones…
Warwick Castle has two daily bird shows, featuring eagles and vultures.
Warwick Castle – and the ever-changing English weather – provide an excellent setting for birds of prey.
In addition to bird shows, there are daily fireball shows, Sword in the Stone reenactments, duelling gentlemen and more. And caricature drawings.
Warwick Castle practicals
- Getting to Warwick Castle is easiest by car (a little under 2 hours from London, much less from Birmingham or the Cotswolds).
- The castle opens at 10.00 am every day. Closing time is, like so many places in Britain, an annoyingly early 5 or 6 pm (at different times of year), except for a few days around Halloween when the castle closes at 9pm.
- Entrance fee to Warwick Castle is £25.80 for adults and £19.80 for children if you’re impulsive like us and get your ticket at the gate. If you plan better, increasingly cheaper tickets can be had 1, 2 and 7 days in advance. Also, tickets are much cheaper in winter.
I think I visited Warwick Castle eons ago, although I did not see any falconers. Thanks for bringing back the memory.
Any time 🙂
So far my favourite castles in Britain are in Scotland, but I might pay Warwick Castle a visit, sure looks like it’s a fun day out from London.
I love Scottish castles, too. They’re so foreboding, in an exciting way.
English summer lasts all of 15 minutes! LOL! But when it’s sunny, it’s absolutely glorious.
I’ll see if I can drag my husband to Warwick Castle the next time we’re in England. I hope it’s open in winter as well.
By the way, your daughter is gorgeous.
I think it is open in winter with a special winter programme. And thanks, yes, Cat is very pretty – sadly can’t claim it’s genes 🙂
I’ve got fond memories of watching bird of prey shows as a kid and then having a go myself. This is something that I’d thoroughly recommend for a family. Nice idea!
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Great photos of a wonderful castle. My kids loved it when we went.
Very kid-friendly outing 🙂
I love a trip around a castle but I think I might be more impressed with your birds of prey photos on this occasion. Don’t blame your daughter for being wary of the doll figures. I’ve never been keen on them either. 🙂
Thanks. Seeing birds of prey is one of our fave things to do in Britain.
Love the English country side, just went for a road trip to Sussex few weeks ago. So much to see! I’ll definitely be heading to Cotswold this summer.
Such a beautiful and quaint part of England, the Cotswolds.
I always wanted to see this place when Iwas a kid! Looks like I should have done it. I love the wax figures
Turned out to be a fun place for kids this.
Wow – those tapestries are incredible…
I loved all the colours of the rooms.
Warwick Castle is excellent. Some friends of mine even went to a medieval banquet there which sounded crazy but fun. Can’t wait to take my daughter to things like this once we’re back in the UK.
Ooh, a medieval banquet here would be excellent. Just the right place for it.
Warwick Castle was on my list on my last trip but I ran out of time. Thanks for the virtual tour.