A visit to a castle conjures up school outings, tours of the castle room by room and if you are lucky a token whip around the hedge maze. When we were asked to visit Warwick Castle with* Joules Clothing, we decided to give it a go as both boys have recently had Castles as their class topic.
Situated above Banbury and below Coventry, it was an easy journey along the M40. The castle is hidden until you are through the gates.
It is truly magnificent from the outside but only when you go over the draw bridge do realise the enormity of it.
I felt the interiors were much more accessible than a lot of castles with few barriers and wax like assistants growing at you if you go too near the four-poster bed. As it is run by Merlin Entertainments who also have Seaworld and Chessington to their name, they have made it child friendly and interactive.
Sadly as it was mid winter, the maze and adventure playground were closed. However, Christmas at The Castle is on till 31st December.
The story time with Santa was enchanting and the visit to the Princess in the tower was a treat for little girls.
My highlight other than using the castle as an adventure playground (you can navigate your way around the whole castle along the top, weaving through small passages and up and down-arrow staircases.
Be warned if you suffer from vertigo though – lots of see through walk ways. The 4 year old wasn’t too delighted by the narrow spaces so managed to wrangle being carried around.
All this exercise built up a bit of an appetite and given a choice between the sit down courtyard restaurant and the all you can eat pasta and pizza buffet – yup you guessed it – we went for the latter and were pleasantly surprised by how tasty the food was for only £12 per adult and £6 for a child.
The highlight of the day was the Time Tower.
It consisted of an interactive video taking you through the history of Warwick Castle, the battles and the families that resided there. Its was a great brush up on Common Entrance history!
Despite the freezing temperatures, we were all kept warm with our new Joules coats. They are very well made, well insulated, comfortable and good shapes.
Here they are…
Farrington Jacket Was £99 Now £59
I chose the Gosling Padded Coat due to the curve at the bottom and the flattering lines at the back.
Sadly the red is sold out but there are still some Burgundy, Navy and Caramel left.
H’s coat is also sold out but I love the Stafford Marine Navy Quilted Jacket as a smart alternative. (They also do a mens version!)
When I am next on the hunt for a proper winter coat I will definitely head over to Joules. The selection is vast and you know everyone will be properly insulated!!
PS. I have added these to my basket, as they aren’t just good at coats!
The Mens Crew Neck Jumpers £49 are very smart.
This Navy Boys Rugby Shirt is unbelievably in the sale!
I love this Pincord Dress – very original.
What do you think?
This is not a sponsored post however entrance to Warwick Castle and the jackets from Joules were gifted.