Why the kids will love it : This impressive medieval stronghold in Warwickshire works hard to keep its younger visitors entertained. Staggering though the turrets and ramparts are, it’s the daily programme of events, guided tours and live shows which really bring this place to life, from jousting tournaments to the firing of the huge trebuchet. A big pull for the kids is the Horrible Histories Maze, with its time-travel challenges; and there’s comfy lodge accommodation in the Knight’s Village for those who want to stay overnight.
Perfect for: All ages. Families with older children or teens (minimum age 10) can pay extra for a timed ticket to the Castle Dungeon, where some of the more gruesome aspects of the castle’s history are brought to life with the use of special effects and costumed actors. Not for the faint hearted!
Cost: From £20 adults; children under 4 go free;