Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is an experience like no other. You can’t really call it a “show” or a “restaurant.” It is an amazing combination of the two. There are some things you should know before taking your children and this family guide to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament can help with that.
***Please note that my family received complimentary tickets courtesy of USFamilyGuide.com. All opinions are my own.***
Family Guide to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is located at nine castles throughout the United States and Canada. My family attended the experience at the Baltimore, MD location.
Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and the castle doors open 75 minutes prior to showtime. You are assigned seating based on your arrival, so it is best to get there early.
While you are waiting, there are lots of things to do. Your family can have their photo taken with royalty. You can shop and drink. You can also walk around and look at all of the Medieval armor and weapons. My boys especially liked this part.
Just before showtime, groups are called into the arena. You are assigned a color when you arrive at the castle and this color determines where you sit.
Once you are seated, the four-course meal begins. Dinner includes garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken (which was our family’s favorite), corn, potatoes, pastry, and select beverages. There are no utensils. You must eat everything with your hands. Fortunately, plenty of napkins are provided.
Soon the show begins and it is a traditional Medieval jousting tournament, complete with knights, horses, and period weapons.
There are six knights, each one representing a different color. You cheer for whichever knight is the color you were assigned when you entered the castle.
Throughout the show, you get to see jousting, weaponry, horsemanship, and even falconry. In the end, there is one winner. Fortunately for us, our blue knight won that evening.
Things to Keep In Mind
There are a few things you should keep in mind if you are attending with young children:
- Many of the extras, such as the photo with royalty and the gift shop, also cost extra money.
- Once the show begins, the arena is very dark and there are lots of lighting special effects.
- The show is extremely loud. If your child might be bothered by that, consider bringing earplugs of some sort.
- The weaponry part of the show includes mock fighting that could look very realistic to young children.
- Other than vegetarian meals and allergy accommodations, there are no food options. Everyone is served the same thing.
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