Medieval Glamping at Warwick Castle

When I was a teenager, I came over on an exchange and stayed in Leamington Spa, a few miles away from Warwick Castle.
From 1000 miles away, my parents had selected Leamington, only as the blurb indicated that the town was right in the centre of England. 

My host family took me everywhere. We travelled the length of the country. We, even, tripped down to Cornwall for one day but never did we explore the surrounding area. 
Mind you, Warwick Castle back then was probably a far cry from its present incarnation. Run by Merlin which is the same company looking after famous British tourist attractions like Alton Towers, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds and Thorpe Park, Warwick castle is much more than a boring medieval attraction. It's a whole experience which includes glamping in the beautiful castle grounds.

The Glamping site has 38 large tents, a couple of extra-large one by the river, a banqueting/bar tents, ample loos and showers facilities. The tents are divided into houses, ours was in the house of Plessis. 

Though I was a little dismayed when reading in the Glamping pack that our Lord knight was the one who lost this magnificent castle to its enemies.

The tents are very comfortable. Each sleeps two adults and two children in wooden-framed beds. Bed linen is provided. This is far cry from a normal camping experience. Be aware, it gets a little chilly at night, but then nights in May are never very warm. 

The glamping experience includes two days of Priority Castle tickets. My favourite attraction was the Time tower. A 15 minutes history of the castle recounted by framed portraits which jump from one frame to the next. The characters interacting as history rolls from one century to the next.
My least favourite was the Castle Dungeon which saw us herded in the bowels of the castle to listen to actors re-enacting tortures and trials. it's a long and dark 45 minutes filled with plague, rats and misery.

Then, there are the views from the castle ramparts walk, nothing breaks the view as far as the eyes can see. When up high looking down it's not hard to comprehend why in Warwick, all roads lead to the castle.

What is included in the price?

Glamping starts from £200 per night. It includes
an overnight stay for 4 with two days priority castle tickets, cooked or continental breakfast served in the Medieval tent.
VIP parking for two days

Free evening entertainment Jester’s School,  Knight’s School and have-a-go archery
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely, it makes for a fun-packed week-end in an amazing setting. Where else would you have a go at archery, fly birds of prey and pretend you are a knight or a princess and be treated like one?
For more information see and to book call the
Glamping Hotline on 0871 663 1676 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm).

Disclaimer: we spent a week-end glamping at Warwick courtesy of Merlin Experience. My thanks to the staff of Warwick Castle and the White Tiger PR for making us so welcome and facilitating this post

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