Tamworth castle is a complete castle boasting a really diverse past. Each room in the castle shows an example the role the Castle played at a different point in history with everything from Normans to the Tudors and the Victorians.
We had intended to travel via train to Tamworth castle as the train station is a 10 minute walk, however after missing our train we ended up driving. Tamworth castle was easy to find. A sat nav and the brown signs take you to a council car park which is then a short walk to the castle. There are no other car parks for the castle, just the council ones. The car parks cost £1.50 for the day. Tamworth castle is in the town centre of Tamworth, so if you head for Tamworth town centre you pick up brown tourist signs directing you in.
Set in the grounds of the castle are beautiful lawned areas. Our visit took place in the school holidays but there was plenty of space, and I could imagine a wonderful spot for a picnic. There is a mini kids crazy golf, a bicycle hire, tennis courts, bowling green, skatepark and a bowling alley to keep a family entertained. If that was not enough there is also a castle themed adventure play ground.
After exploring the grounds and the playground it was time to head up the hill to the castle. The mound of a castle is on a steep slope and I think some in pushchairs or wheelchairs may struggle.
The castle follows a one way system inside, winding up the castle through each of the rooms before making your way back down again. As a result wheelchair users are restricted to the ground floor. Some of the stairs can be a little steep and narrow.
Each room has clear elements which can be interacted with and elements which cannot be touched. However the vast majority are about hands on learning and there are plenty of dressing up opportunities. Each room gives a feel for that time period in history and has fun interactive ways to engage children of all ages.
I was surprised as I walked round just how much I learnt and how much the girls learnt too. We have had lots of conversations about knights, and who else lived in the castle. The girls were fascinated with the different bedrooms and the servants’ beds.
Climbing to the top of the tower also provides some fantastic views and we also spoke about the small windows and who would use them.
I love visiting places where history can come alive for children and adults, when children get the opportunity to be hands on and can feel the history. Tamworth Castle certainly lived up to this and gave the girls a good foundation of knowledge on castles, their imaginations have certainly been active since our visit.
As we left Tamworth castle we took the opportunity to visit the grounds and explore the beautiful gardens.
Tamworth castle gave the girls the opportunity to use their imagination, run free and explore. A wonderful family day out.
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This review was written by……….Leyla is a full time blogger at www.thisdayilove.co.uk She blogs about every aspect of family life from travel to messy play and captures those positive Mummy moments. As Mummy to two girls and owner of 2 crazy dogs life is certainly interesting!
Disclosure – Leyla and her family were guests of Tamworth Castle for the purpose of this review