Reviews for Warwick Castle
The Falconer's Quest at Warwick Castle
By Alicia Bentley, dated 6th June, 2019
My family of three were lucky enough to attend the launch of brand-new show The Falconer’s Quest, the UK’s biggest birds of prey display, showing daily at Warwick Castle until the 3rd November 2019.
As regular Warwick Castle goers, we always enjoyed the birds of prey show where chief falconer Chris O’Donnel introduced the birds, so for us this had a lot to live up to. The new display is much more of a production giving the viewer the opportunity to see Warwick Castle’s magnificent collection of birds of prey whilst being immersed in a story. The display is set on the hillside over-looking the River Avon which serves as beautiful setting for the show.
The show centres on Hobby, a young man with a dream of being the castles chief falconer and who embarks on a journey to prove his skill and fill the Warwick skyline with birds of prey. Through this journey you are introduced to a number of birds that he meets on his travels and brings back to Warwick Castle including an Andean Condor (with a 3.2m wing span!), a Bald eagle and the Peregrine Falcon. My 5-year old loved seeing the birds in flight and how closely they swooped over the crowds.
The finale is definitely a rare sight, where the sky is quite literally filled with birds of prey of different species.
As someone with a passion for birds of prey I would say this is an excellent way to see some very unusual birds, and a very impressive display of more than one bird of prey in fight at once. On our day out, we also enjoyed all the other activities the castle has to offer, including climbing the tower, archery and participating in knight school.
All in all, a great day out!
Prices for entry and also for overnight stay opportunities are included below. The Falconer’s Quest show is included in the general Warwick Castle admission price, but some activities such as archery will cost extra. Warwick Castle does permit visitors to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds giving a great opportunity to enjoy the 64 acres and make a full day of it.
Summer pricing (from Easter 2019 – end of Halloween)
Castle entry: Access to 64 acres of grounds, Castle & live shows excluding Castle Dungeon experience. Prices start from £19 per person when booked
Kingdom entry: Access to 64 acres of grounds, Castle & live shows including Castle Dungeon experience. Prices start from £24 per person when booked online.
All accommodation at the Castle includes two-day Castle entry, breakfast and car parking.
Breakfast is a choice of either Continental or Cooked Traditional. Vegetarian option also available. Served between 7.00am-9.30am.
Accommodation prices start from £43 per person based on a family of four sharing a Woodland Lodge or a Warwick Tent.
Guests can also enjoy an Evening All-You-Can-Eat Mediaeval Dinner in the Knight’s Village Banquet Hall for an additional £18.95 per Adult; £9.95 per child.
Getting to Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle is easily accessible from Junction 15 of the M40, just 40 minutes from Birmingham and 1 hour 40 minutes from London. Warwick Castle is easy to reach by train from London Marylebone in only 86 minutes. The Castle, set in 64 acres of grounds designed by Capability Brown, rests on the banks of the River Avon at the heart of historic Warwick.
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