Today we ventured out to Warwick Castle. The castle is a national monument and is a kid paradise. Originally built as a Saxon fortification in 914 to defend against the Danes, William the Conqueror started to turn it into a castle in 1068. The Earls of Warwick owned it up until 1978. The castle features prominently on the BBC show Merlin, which is a popular show in our house. Naturally, the kids were thrilled.
We explored the castle, complete with wax figures. We climbed the 530 steps to the Guys Tower, which took so long that we missed the firing of the World’s Largest Trebuchet, measuring 18 meters high and weighing in at 22 tons. But we did make it in time for the jousting tournament, which was a lot of fun. Our 7-year-old twins tried their hands at archery and went to Knight’s school. The boys toured the dungeons and tried on real armor (followed by a great sword battle). We waited for a few hours to get into the Merlin, The Dragon Tower show (which was unimpressive). But overall, our day at the castle was great.
For lunch we headed down the streets in search of a pub. The town is charming, with old storefronts and cobblestone streets. We toured the 15th century Beauchamp Chapel (the oldest part of St. Mary’s Church), and descended into the 12th century Norman crypt (spooky!) and then explored the cemetery. We wandered into The Thomas Lloyd pub for our first pub experience. The food was great!
Hilton Warwick/Stratford Upon Avon, Junction 15, M40, A429 Stratford Rd, Warwick
For a Family of 5 we needed 1 triple and 1 double. No joining rooms so the adults had to split up.
I have mixed feelings about this hotel and am not sure how to rate it. This is the 3rd Hilton-brand hotel that we have stayed at so far on our 6 month voyage. It was by far the best in terms of food, comfort and service. The beds were very comfortable, the sheets soft and it had nice pillows. The food in the dining room and bar was wonderful and the servers were very kind and helpful. The parking was easy, the location was great and the kids loved the indoor pool. But the hotel seems dated and the rooms smell musty. They are clean but the smell is bothersome. Because we are a family of 5 we had to book 2 rooms. One room just needed to air out but in the other room the smell lingered.
The Thomas Lloyd pub, 3-7 Market Place, Warwick
Good food and fast service. Large kids menu and many Gluten Free Items. Coloring books for the kids. Easy walk from the Warwick Gate.