Does anyone at your house love a good story about mythical kings and queens? About magical creatures and beautiful She-Dragons? If you answered yes then the newly redeveloped Kryal Castle is going to win your heart instantly – and no doubt any little people you choose to take along too. Based on life in medieval times but interwoven with stories of fun and fantasy it’s got something to appeal to everyone in the family.
The Castle opens for visitors from 10am and has a program of shows and activities running thorough out the day. From the wonderfully theatrical jousting competition to puppet shows, wizard workshops and story time it’s the stuff of many children’s dreams. And all set within medieval castle life with its grandeur and gruesomeness.
A lot of time and attention has been taken to make sure the little people are well entertained in the land of Kryal. There is an upbeat puppet show at the Jesters Theater. It’s based on Ushnagh, the She-Dragon who lives deep in the mountain on which the castle rests and King Arlen and Queen Cordelia of Kryal. There is also story time and face-painting at the Fairies and Golblins Wonderland and a fabulous castle playground the just keeps calling the kids back again and again. The Tooth Fairy even gets a mention with her very own lolly shop! You can check out a full run down of the shows and attractions on the Kryal Castle website.
Option for mealtime are good with several different eateries. On the cool winters day we visited there was even soup being sold on the side walk by a handsome Lord. Prices are varied, but as with most theme parks tends to be a little on the higher side – which is always a consideration when feeding a family. Bringing your own lunch in is a great option as the Castle is well equipped with a lovely picnic area right next to the playground. Perfect for parents to relax while the little people are playing.
The castle grounds give you a great feel for medieval life. With cobbled street ways, wooden shop fronts and well placed artefacts of interest you have no doubt you’re roaming around on a medieval adventure. You can visit the Knights Round Table and the Kings Throne Room, attend a workshop with a real live wizard and even check out the Torture & Dungeon Museum. (The Museum is recommended for people over the age of 12 only.) After a few hours wandering the castle you almost get used to being addressed as My Lord or My Lady by the wandering locals.
According to my small tribe of medieval fantasy seeker their highlight of our day at Kryal Castle was the ’amazing’ (their word) stone maze. Be warned though, it is not as easy as it looks – but totally worth the effort when you reach the end.
You can also make the most of your medieval stay by booking into one of the 17 luxury on-site Castle Suites. Recently refurbished with modern comfort, but still fit for the grandest of Lords and Ladies, the suits look fabulous. The rooms feature lovely hand woven French and Belgian tapestries and views out over the beautiful country Victorian landscape. You can find more information about booking accommodation, weddings, birthday parties and conference at the Kryal Castle Website.
The new and improved Kryal Castle is a great day out and one my family certainly enjoyed. I’d recommend spending a minimum of three hours but think you’ll probably need at least four. It is open from 10.00am until 5.00pm every day of the year including public holidays (except Christmas Day). As at June 2013 admission prices are:
- Adults $28.50
- Children (4-16 years) $17
- Children (under 4) Free
- Concession $23
- Students (4-16yrs, min. group size 15) $14.50
- Education Discovery Programs (min. group size 15) $16.50
- Families $79 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Just a little side note – this is what happens to bloggers who won’t agreed to visit the Torture & Dungeon Museum!!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free family entry into Kryal Castle for the purpose of writing this review for Ballarat For Families. No money or financial incentive was offered or accepted.