Warwick Castle

My sister and b-i-l kindly gave us a family ticket for Warwick Castle for Christmas last year and thought it was about time we made use of it 🙂

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It seems ages since we stayed in a hotel so we booked ourselves into a Travelodge in Coventry for the Sunday night. We had a little wander about the shops then walked over to Ikea which was in town centre and decided to have our tea there 🙂 Back at the hotel we played cards and the girls did some gym (our room was huge!)

Despite being a Sunday evening, it was rather noisy on the streets of Coventry. I was woken up at 3.30am by shouting outside thankfully the girls slept through it 😦

After a large breakfast the following morning, we set off to Warwick Castle. My sister gave us a tip not to park in the grounds as it’s quite expensive so we found a side road and parked there for free! 🙂

We had a great day, and were fortunate enough to arrive in time to watch the raising of the Portcullis.

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We particularly enjoyed the bird of prey displays

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We loved the jousting and seeing the trebuchet working.

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Wishing I had taken more notice of the Manor Borns blog on their recent visit to Warwick Castle and avoided The Princess Tower Tour, our girls were unimpressed! Very lovely if you have under 5s but definitely not one for 10 and 12 year old girls!

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The Kingmaker display was very good though and we enjoyed that 🙂

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It made a change to share our lunch with a peacock!

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..and bump into Queen Elizabeth I!

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Unfortunately we didn’t manage the ramparts walk, which we really wanted to do. The two attempts we made during the day to walk them were long queues and with the weather being so warm and sunny decided we would leave it and do it on the way out but of course by that time we were all too exhausted to bother!

Wayne went off to fetch the car and the girls and I wandered over to nearby St Nicholas Park and they had a well earned paddle in the outdoor pool before going back to my sisters for tea 🙂

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Awww, sisterly love….

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 21:15:28

    I don’t know why I bother . . .

    Reply

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