It was a boring bank holiday Monday so we gathered our troops (four adults and four kids) and invaded a medieval Castle with Princesses, a maze, peacocks, working catapults, live shows, scary dungeons and towers to explore!
On arrival the troops were most excited about getting lost in a maze so this was our first stop. It actually has a horrible histories theme and children (and adults if they like) can take a “passport” to find all the stamps in the maze, which is full of interesting historical facts and activities.
Our next stop was to invade the castle staterooms. The nice thing about most of the rooms was that they were not roped off and you could sit on the chairs, mingle with the mannequins and pretend to eat the plastic cakes. It is worth knowing that pushchairs must be left at the entrance and there are stairs to climb.
Following our state room visit we had a quick peek at the bear tower and then set off to be scared in the dungeons. The dungeons are not recommended for children under 10 and it might be worth adding here that strobe lighting was used. We did have a 9 year old with us who was fine and in our group there were much younger children. You are led from one room to another through dark tunnels and in each room is an actor putting on a bit of a show. Some of the themes are pretty gruesome and one a little scary but if your children like the TV show horrible histories, then it is like a live version and we found it to be very entertaining.
After the dungeon we visited the gaol, a small room where prisoners used to be kept. Then we set off to explore the castle walls. The walls were fun, with a lot of spiral stair cases to climb and amazing views from the top. Again this activity is not pushchair or wheelchair friendly.
We paid a quick visit to Time Tower, an interesting video show on various screens about the history of the castle and then walked up many more steps to see an amazing view.
Warwick Castle with a child with autism?
Being a very popular attraction, the Castle can get busy. There are, however, plenty of gardens and quieter areas to escape to and explore.
You would need to stay with your child in the maze as it is actually quite easy to lose people in there.
There is an enclosed play area for children.
I got a little anxious on the walls as my son doesn’t sense danger and thought he could climb the window ledges, not a good plan considering how high up we were.
The dungeon is dark, with some low ceilings, loud noises and unexpected events. There is a need to follow instructions and sit and watch short shows, some of which call upon people to be involved. I would definitely be wary of taking some children with ASD into this part of the attraction.
We avoided crowded shows.
One carer gets free entry with a disabled guest. Please see the website for details.
Warwick Castle can be found at: https://www.warwick-castle.com Tickets are cheapest if booked online in advance and if there are 7 or more of you then you can book as a group and make further savings. You can book just the castle or upgrade your ticket to include the dungeon. The dungeon can also be added on the day if spaces are available