Destinations, England 28

Visit to Warwick Castle Off-season minus the crowds!

Our least favourite travel experiences – and I am sure most people can relate – is visiting somewhere special or famous and jostling with the crowds, peering over heads and cameras, holding on tightly to children’s hands in fear of losing them amongst the sea of people.  The downside of visiting places that are beautiful is how popular they tend to be with everyone else besides yourself! Fortunately we managed to have quite the opposite whilst visiting the famous Warwick Castle in England.  We had booked Wayside Cottage in Somerset and just by chance when looking at the route to get there from Sheffield, I saw that Warwick Castle falls along the way. I have heard many wonderful things about this place and thought it would be perfect for our last English trip this year. We move to New Zealand next week 🙂 POR_8860

We went last week, middle of February and we went on a Friday early afternoon.  We didn’t have the best of weather, it was quite grey and cold. Lot of the attractions were closed. But as you can see in the following pictures, there was plenty to keep us entertained for the many hours we were there.




There was plenty to see inside so we could stay out of the rainy weather outside. But the grounds were so lovely as well. I would definitely want to come back in Spring or Autumn (too crowded in summer) just to experience the grounds as well. 20150213_141925 The first thing we saw were the dark bits of history – the castle dungeons! There was a Castle Dungeon Tour which lasts an hour but you had to pay extra for that and tickets were already very dear as it is. There are some great deals and coupons on Cereal cartons (elsewhere too possibly?) where adults go free with each paying child, but we forgot to bring our coupons. They have other discounts which you can find on the website.


POR_8879 We then went to the Kingmaker Section where the scene is elaborately set for getting the army ready for battle. The year is 1471 and Richard Neville, commonly known as Warwick the Kingmaker gets ready to go war – the whole journey from what clothes they wore, what food they ate, what role the women had and much more is shown through both visual and audio means.

We then went on to the Royal Weekend Party exhibition which started in this elaborate Hall, with swords and armour lining the walls. There were 12 different sections to explore, some of them  were so elaborate and gorgeous! Between the different wax figures, paintings, richly decorated rooms, audio and visual tours, the kids and us really got to experience and enjoy this journey of Britain’s historical heritage. We joined a guided group tour and learned lots of fun facts about the extravagant parties and all the royal people who have been in and out of this place.



POR_8891 (2) The best part was being to do it without the crowds. There were only few other people about, we walked in leisure, experiencing the rooms we liked at our own pace. Very different then when we were at the Tower of London few months ago, SUPER CROWDED!

Outside there were these other things to see – The mighty Trebuchet, other towers to walk through, in the summer there are jousting events. There was also a great playground with wooden slides, swings and trampolenes. It was raining so we didn’t get to experience the grounds too much. I can imagine we would enjoy it in the summer when there are so many more things to do, but we absolutely loved being able to experience it like it was our very own place with few people around 🙂

20150213_131132Linked to #weekendwanderlust hosted by Justin Plus Lauren, #weeklypostcard hosted by Travel Notes and Beyond #wkendtravelinspiration hosted by Reflections Enroute #MosaicMonday hosted by Lavender Cottage  and Weekly Photo Challenge: Off Season


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  • Lyn (aka) The Travelling Lindfields says: February 28, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I remember visiting Warwick Castle with our boys many, many years ago. We had a fabulous time. It is a place where you get a real feel for what life would have been like in medieval times.

  • Ruth - Exploramum says: February 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I always love your blogs and your kids are so smiley !

  • Nina says: February 28, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Looks like an interesting and fun place to visit. Love visiting castles, but don’t like the crowds. I can imagine it must have been wonderful to have the castle (almost) to yourself. 🙂

  • McCool Travel says: February 28, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Wonderful pictures and description of your visit to Warwick Castle. This looks like such a beautifully resorted or maintained castle which I would love to visit.

  • eileen @ FamiliesGo! says: February 28, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Neat. So many castles are completely empty and leave it all to your imagination.This one looks fun.

  • realityretreat says: February 28, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Thats awesome you had the whole castle to explore love the outdoors photos

  • Constance - Foreign Sanctuary says: March 1, 2015 at 2:10 am

    How lucky to have the entire place to yourselves – perfect for photo opps! It looks like you had an awesome place exploring the place! I bet you are getting excited about your upcoming adventures and travels to NZ!!

  • contentedtraveller says: March 1, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Looks like an amazing day. Nothing beats a castle

  • Esther says: March 1, 2015 at 9:29 am

    LOL! I visited the castle when I was 8 years old on my first trip to England and LOVED the castle. Glad to see you had so much fun as well.

  • Paper Planes and Caramel Waffles says: March 1, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Like you I’m not too keen on visiting places when they’re overly crowded. It looks like you picked a very quiet day at Warwick Castle though! I went once in the summer – it was super busy – but they had great events on such as jousting! I’d love to visit again this spring when it’s probably a bit quieter!

  • Shilpa Balakrishnan says: March 1, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Ah Warwick. Would love to visit

  • Stephanie (@LifeAt139a) says: March 1, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I’ve heard lots of good things about Warwick Castle and it’s somewhere I really should go, looks like you had a fab visit. Good luck with your move too! #wkendtravelinspiration

  • Lauren says: March 1, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    What a wonderful castle! Even though it was a dreary day, I think it helps to set the mystical atmosphere with the fog. I’d love to walk around the castle grounds! Thanks for linking up with #WeekendWanderlust!

  • galanda23 says: March 2, 2015 at 6:50 am

    I love your pictures, Samyia. You managed to capture the atmosphere of the Warwick Castle so well. Absolutely beautiful!

    • samselim says: March 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks Anda 🙂 we really enjoyed the atmosphere there, so much history!

  • cvail says: March 2, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I hate crowds! But they are everywhere, so you just have to put up with them sometimes. Great post; I love Warwick Castle.

    • samselim says: March 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      I know what you mean! Hence it was so nice to not have to deal with them this time 🙂

  • Eileen says: March 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Awesome images of the castle.. Looks like you all had a fun time too. Great visit, thanks for sharing! Happy March, have a great day!

  • Cathy says: March 2, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    What fun!!! I had a grand time!! Thank you!!

  • Linda Hubbard says: March 3, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Looks like a very interesting visit with lots to learn of the days gone by. Such a great experience for the children too! Makes history come to life! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • samselim says: March 5, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      It really was! thanks for the positive feedback 🙂

  • Judith @ Lavender Cottage says: March 3, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I’m glad there were no crowds so you could enjoy the castle and take the photos you did to share with us. When I was in Ireland last summer I was in the stone basement of a very old cathedral and it was cold and damp, so I can imagine what those cells were like.
    Are you moving to New Zealand permanently or is this for travel as well? Safe journey.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  • Chris Boothman says: March 4, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Thanks for linking up with us for #WeekendWanderlust! We visited Warwick Castle back in 2010 during Heather’s first trip to England but unfortunately the crowds were so busy that we opted against actually paying to go inside. So…we caught a glimpse of the impressive architecture from the outside and then went on our way to Stratford-Upon-Avon to explore Shakespeare country which isn’t too far away at all! Definitely would love to get back there though and actually experience everything you did. Definitely a great family day adventure!

    • samselim says: March 5, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      It was indeed a great fmily day out but I suspect it was more to do with the fact that there were so few people around! I would love to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon, I adore Shakespeare..but might wait till kids a bit older till we do that so they can really enjoy it too!

  • marghenick says: March 7, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Loooks sooo cool! You’re right, there’s nothing worse than jostling with the crowds. I’m a big fan of low season visits just for that (not to mention the castle looks stunning!)

  • eostories says: March 11, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Looks like a lovely place to explore! England’s countryside is beautiful!

  • Arnie says: June 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    We’re going to be visiting Warwick, though we will most likely have to fight the crowds. But, we need to inspect all my wife’s castles while were in England this summer! (Kind of a little Ancestry inside joke;-)

    • says: June 11, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      🙂 Enjoy your time in England! We are back here again for a month in july, looking forward to visiting a castle again, don’t have many (any) in New Zealand!

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