- Heritage Motor Centre, Banbury Road, Gaydon
- Warwick, Warwickshire
- CV35 0BJ
- 01926 678332
24 October 2012
One of my favourite destinations. Every time I go there is like a first time. There is always something different. I love the actors that go around dressed like royalties and go around speaking to people. I feel like in an old movie. And also the battles by the river are spectacular.
18 September 2012
Right first the positives, the Castle is superb, majestic, surrounded by beautiful scenery and grounds.The negatives? £21 entrance fee for starters, unbelievable admission price, Caerphilly Castle is a mere £4 by comparisom, and if you want to visit the Dungeon it's nearly another £8 on top!!!
A lot of people have pointed out that the Castle is almost bordering on a 'theme park'...with the prices to go with it!!!
(oh and don't bother with visiting the Gaol, you will queue to go in a dark room and look at a two foot piece of metal in the ground)
1 August 2012
**lush place **
30 July 2012
Great full day out, great for the kids as normally loads going on, though for some parts you do have to pay extra, but all in all a great day out for all the family see my full review at http://www.kevinsimon.co.uk/?p=623
5 August 2011
As a castle fanatic this was a castle i’d wanted to visit for years. My partner and I booked a special ticket for valentines, which cost £60 for the two of us.
On arrival parking was £5 which was paid at the end. It’s a good walk up to the castle…I always like that. The castle looks like its from a fairytale. There were lots of people dressed in costume and making you feel part of the castle. The Royal house was good, this held the most information about the family history there.
We climbed the castle to see the views and my word, we are reasonably fit but this made our knees ache lol, it is quite steep and a lot of climbing. The views were fantastic and you don’t realise how high you are getting. It was a miserbale day when we went in feb, so it was very windy at the top.
The walks around the gardens were lovely, as it was valentines they had 3 ‘kissing benches’ we found one and thought it was just part of the package ticket but they were for everyone.
We loved the area which had all the smells and thigs to try on. They had some speakers explaining about the way of life back then and how the king treated them.
As part of the valentines ticket, we had to go into the great hall at a certain time. We had champagne (supposed to 2 glasses each, but was more than that) and canopies, a rose a small box chocolates. The people were dressed in period costumes as the countess and earl, they came and spoke to each little table and we had a Shakespear sonnet read to us. There was traditional music playing, it was lovely. This lasted about 40 minutes to an hour.
We then went to the dungeons, this cost us extra,about £7.80 each it should be incuded in the prices here. It was funny though. Be prepared to have things jump out on you! My partner was picked in the torture room to have the tools demonstrated on and I was picked in the court, I had to stand trial as a dancing naked witch…I then had to walk into a pitch black room and as I did this really loud screaming noise went off so naturally i screamed too haha. The mirror room was good.
The jail was small with no info. The water mill was something different.
My partner and I enjoyed ourselves, we found it romantic and got lost in the day, perhaps because it was valentines weekend? but it was overpriced for what was on offer. We didn’t eat here so cannot comment on the food. Additionally, what let the castle down a lot ,is the lack of historical information available. Shame there wasn’t any jousting on that day either.
13 January 2011
Half an hour on the train from Birmingham, this is a huge castle where you could spend at least half a day. So many different towers to explore with a huge playground for the children. The cafe is cheap and has amazingly friendly staff.
The buses are infrequent so a better service would be very useful as it's too far to walk.
3 September 2010
This was a great day out! We went thinking it was going to be dry,but there were a few very heavy showers,which brings me to my main negative point - when there is so many people and lots of pushchairs,there is nowhere to shelter,so come prepaired for altering weather. Understandably you cannot take pushchairs inside or up/down so many steps,so if you have a youngster who doesnt walk yet,be aware you either have to stay outside with them,if weather is dry,or leave your pushchairs in the pouring rain and lug the little ones around inside! Otherwise the whole experience is a fantastic one,although the price is expensive,but keep an eye on their website for offers. We found a 2 for 1 offer,and if you have a Merlin card,it is well worth the visit! We travelled there by train and it was well sign posted,until you got to the street you were supposed to go up,by the tourist information in the town.
We also paid the extra for the jousting at sunset to finish our day,which was great,starting off with stories/singing,birds of prey,jester,fighting/weapon history,jousting and ending with a big ball of fire being launched into the night sky!
But with all of these things,the best way to discover if its your kind of thing,is,if you have the money and means,go and discover the place for yourself! This place I say is well worth it!!
28 September 2009
Expensive but so cool for the kids to go to loved the archery and the birds of prey.
27 May 2009
Expensive to get in… But if you get a family ticket, student tickets or a voucher (I think W H Smiths are doing them at the moment) it makes a difference. Nice food, but that’s expensive too. In terms of the castle itself it’s set in beautiful grounds and certainly has an interesting history. During the summer evenings they have concerts set in the grounds which are stunning and in winter they have an icerink which is always fun. So there are plenty of “seasonal” activities depending on time of year - good for a special family day out!
24 May 2009
This is an overrated experience which I found to be quite expensive. The staffs seem amiable enough but I was not really wowed by the Castle itself. Yes it’s crammed with history but that’s what you get when visiting such places. I just felt that it is oversold for what it is essentially. The food at the cafe is terrible and the sandwiches looked like they had been prepared in the Medival Times! Pass i say!!!
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