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Horrible Histories’ Foul Fayres at Warwick Castle

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Horrible Histories are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013. That’s 20 years of sharing the gory/best bits of history to grab the attention of young history lovers through the books of Terry Deary. Warwick Castle has had its own share of troublesome history over the past thousand years but is now a popular attraction so I’m sure the three foul fayres will be a hit.

  • Awesome Easter (23 March -14 April)
  • Wicked Whitsun (25 May – 2 June)
  • Stormin’ Summer (20 July – 1 September)

Henry VIII and his royal executioner rapping!
© Laura Porter

There are five Horrible Histories camps around the castle grounds where you can meet the Terrible Tudors and enjoy the rapping from Henry VIII and his royal executioner, or go to a Vile Victorians classroom and earn a school report. The Stormin’ Normans are up on the Mound but worth the climb up as a fight breaks out and then you can try on some chain mail armour.

Vicious Vikings – everyone had a go at rowing the ship
© Laura Porter

The Vicious Vikings had a fire to keep us warm and rowing and singing helped too. Ironically, Warwick Castle was first built in 914AD to protect the area from vicious Danish Viking marauders!

Measly Middle Ages doctor and his pet ferret
© Laura Porter

At the Measly Middle Ages we played rat skittles and learned that the protective ditch at Warwick Castle was never filled with water. Instead, during the Middle Ages, it was twice as deep and filled with the contents of the Castle’s toilets!

Warwick Warriors fighting in the Central Courtyard
© Laura Porter

There’s always lots going on at Warwick Castle including the daily Flight of the Eagles Show, firing the trebuchet and the Warwick Warriors battling in the Central Courtyard. Plus you can visit the State Rooms or climb up the towers and ramparts for excellent views. Young girls love The Princess Tower and Merlin: The Dragon Tower is fun too. Over 10s can buy tickets for the scary Castle Dungeons where the Witches of Warwick are ready to frighten you. I’ve been to Warwick Castle a few times and last went while exploring Birmingham and The Midlands.

Warwick Castle in the snow – hopefully you’ll get warmer weather when you visit
© Laura Porter

After visiting on the first day of ‘Awesome Easter’ when it was sub-zero and snowing I liked the fact the ticket prices at Warwick Castle have been frozen at 2012 rates: on the gate prices are adults £30.60 and children from £25.80 but there are lots of ways to get them cheaper. Book online 7 days in advance and you receive a 25% discount, or 48 hours in advance still saves 10%. There’s no additional charge to visit the Horrible Histories camps and each has games or activities for all.

Warwick Castle is a really easy day trip from London as the train from London Marylebone to Warwick is around 1.5 hours and it’s then just a ten minute walk to the Castle.


Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site and also Laura’s London for Anglotopia.net. She has lived in the London area all her life and can’t imagine ever wanting to live elsewhere. She fits in further freelance writing while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival the Queen’s. Laura is @AboutLondon on twitter and @AboutLondon Laura on Facebook. You can find out more about her at about.me/LauraPorter and see Laura’s other articles on the Visit Britain Super Blog.

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