Our oldest just turned 10, so we decided we wanted to do something special together as a family to celebrate. We decided to go to Medieval Times in Lawrenceville. It was great! The entire family (including my 3 year old) was entranced the entire show with the horses, knights, and sword-fighting!
I’m sure that most of you are familiar with the set-up, but for those of you who aren’t, let me share. The idea behind Medieval Times is that you are observing a challenge and contest between six knights each known by their color. The entire audience is divided into groups by these colors, and you cheer your knight as he participates in contests, jousting, and sword-fighting. While all this is going on, you are eating your supper which is served at long tables surrounding the arena.
We had never been to any Medieval Times tournament before, and I found several things that I wish I had known ahead of time.
- The Medieval Times in Lawrenceville is located in Sugar Mills Mall.
I expected a stand-alone castle, but this one is located in a mall. The entrance is inside the mall, so don’t bother parking in front of the castle. The line to wait for and order tickets is all inside, and there were two greeters waiting at the Castle Entrance inside to answer any questions.
- You do not need to arrive an hour early.
When you look online, they recommend getting to the show an hour early. We were running late, and did not get in line to get our tickets until 4:30 (our show was at 5:00). The line moved very quickly, and we were inside before the doors opened. There are several doors to enter into the arena, but there are plenty of people to guide you – just ask. If you do get there ahead of time, you can look at souvenirs and such, but there is plenty of time to do that after the show.
- You can ask for a fork.
The food was delicious. You start with tomato soup and a piece of toasted bread. The main course is chicken on a bone, corn on the cob, potato log, and roll. For dessert, coffee and apple fritter. They assume you are going to use your hands for this – as they did back in Medieval Times; however, you can ask for a fork. Our waitress said that she could travel back in time to obtain one for our friend who asked for one.
- Be prepared to clap and cheer.
My husband made the statement toward the end of the show, “I have never clapped and cheered so much in my life for something that doesn’t really matter.” It just made me laugh! We really had a great time, cheering for our knight (who lost by the way), encouraging him, and booing the “enemy.” It really is a great activity for the whole family.
- The Dungeon is not for kids.
Medieval Times has a Dungeon that you can pay $2 to go and see torture devices from that time period. I didn’t do this with them, but my husband and kids did. I thought this would be a great history lesson for them, but it was too much. My husband said that it was pretty horrifying with some graphic pictures to go along with the devices. Now, I do have to say that this was totally our fault. My oldest son said that there was a small sign (4×6) at the door to the Dungeon that said it was scary for kids – my husband nor I saw it. So, I am just passing along a warning to you – I can’t blame Medieval Times for any of it.
All in all, we had a great time. It’s also a fun activity to take a group, and they do offer group rates. Also, they offer special deals quite often, so be sure to check out their website before you go.
My family did receive four free tickets in exchange for this review; however, everything written is entirely my opinion.