Kryal Castle…oh there are some amazing memories from my childhood from this place. I think most Victorian kids and probably plenty of interstate kids will have memories from here.
I remember my mum taking me when I was younger and Mark also remembers a visit to Kryal Castle Ballarat with his family.
I must admit though it has changed from what I do remember. The focus of Kryal Castle Ballarat is even more family-friendly now and I can tell you there is no longer the ‘whipping of the wench!’
When we announced on our facebook page that we were visiting Kryal Castle medieval adventure park it was a memory that plenty of people had. I can guarantee you, you will not see that when you visit Kryal Castle now.
There are not many castles in Australia, actually, Kryal Castle is Australia’s only castle and the only medieval theme park as well. We have been to some of the biggest castles in the world but it was going to be a huge weekend when we finally got there.
I wanted to give my girls the opportunity to have the same amazing childhood memories of Kryal Castle that I had and it did not disappoint. If you are going to visit Ballarat then Kryal Castle is one of the best Ballarat activities for families.
Discover Kryal Castle Ballarat
You will find Kryal Castle just outside of Ballarat in Victoria Australia.
The address for Kryal Castle Medieval Adventure Park is 121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek Victoria. 3352. (You can put this address into your navigation device and it will help you get there)
Kryal Castle Prices
There are plenty of ways that you can get Kryal Castle tickets. You can purchase your Kryal Castle tickets on the day at the castle ticket office or you can purchase them online through the Kryal Castle website.
You can also use sites such as Groupon to get Kryal Castle discount tickets. These can be a great save if you know when you will be visiting in advance or if the Kryal castle discount tickets pop up and you are able to purchase them quickly.
Sometimes with the Kryal Castle discount tickets, I have seen they can include some Kryal Castle accommodation but some are only available during the week when the park is not actually open and running activities. So please check thoroughly before you purchase your Kryal Castle discount tickets.
If you are going to purchase your Kryal Castle tickets online here are the prices you are looking at paying.
Entry price gives you access to the Castle grounds, all shows and attractions. There is an additional charge for face painting, archery, craft, pony rides and selected seasonal attractions.
Child (4-16 years) $22.00
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $99.00
Single Parent Family (1 adult & up to 3 Children) $79.00
Kryal Castle Noble Pass Tickets
Are you longing to be a Noble Lord or Lady of Kryal Castle Ballarat? Then you can upgrade your day pass to the Noble Pass. The Noble Pass includes extra paid activities, such as archery, archery siege, face painting, potion making and pony rides. (Some of the activities mentioned are subject to weather conditions and availability).
Also includes 1 x free return pass for day entry only (valid for 6 months from the date of original visit to Kryal Castle Ballarat)
Noble Pass – Adult $70.00
Noble Pass – Concession $55.00
Noble Pass – Child (4-16 years) $44.00
Noble Pass – Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $199.00
Noble Pass – Single Parent Family (1 adult & up to 3 Children) $159.00
Things to do at Kryal Castle
We had the Noble Passes when we visited Kryal Castle and they were great for the girls. They did as many of the activities that were on offer as they could. Potion making was a real favourite of theirs and they had a great time at that activity.
There is only one entry to potion making for the day on the Noble Pass so you should head over to the watchtower as soon as you can to book in for it. Unfortunately, the pony rides were not available on the day we went but it turns out the girls were both too tall. We missed the archery siege as we were getting some lunch when it was being done.
We were very lucky that we were able to visit Kryal Castle in winter. There were not too many people about so we did not have trouble exploring Kryal Castle to find the activities that we wanted to do. The wait times were not long either but it did mean that there were some activities that were not running.
The Kryal Castle Arena Shows
The best thing to do at Kryal Castle is watching the arena shows on throughout the day. These arena shows were a highlight for us. The girls loved the theatre like performances and because we were visiting Kryal Castle in winter they had a fire jousting section of the performance.
For us, the actors were what made us love the place. We really liked Kryal Castle but because of the performers, we loved it! We cheered on Sir Hector and we booed the Black Knight. We all got involved and it was a great family activity.
11.30 Is the start of the main show.
2.00 is the Royal Joust. Because we were visiting Kryal Castle in winter it was the Fire Joust show. It was a fantastic show and the actors were amazing
Kryal Castle Opening Hours
Kryal Castle Ballarat is open:
every Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
In addition to the weekend openings, Kryal Castle Ballarat is also open for the duration of the Victorian School Holidays & Select Public Holidays (Closed Christmas Day)
Kryal Castle Food
One thing that we were really surprised at where all the places you could purchase food at Kryal Castle and that it was pretty affordable. There were three main places there to get Kryal Castle food! We had breakfast at The Abbey Tavern (they also served lunch) and we had lunch at the Alehouse. There was also a bakery but it was closed for the winter.
Our Kryal Castle food was really good at breakfast and lunch. There was plenty of space for us to sit and enjoy our Kryal Castle food. At the Alehouse for lunch, there was pizza, sausage rolls, pies, sandwiches and soup on offer. There was a large eating area available inside out of the weather with a nice warm fire. Kryal Castle food prices at the Alehouse started at around $5.00 (pie) and drinks were also available.
For breakfast, we ate at the Abbey Tavern. If you are staying in the Kryal Castle rooms it would be a great place to start the day. The breakfast was nice big meals perfectly named the King’s Breakfast (eggs, bacon, toast, mushrooms, sausage, spinach, beans and ) Queen’s breakfast (the same as the King’s without)
There were great options for the kids too with good sized breakfast. Just be warned though if you are visiting Kryal Castle in the winter and you are planning on eating at the Abbey Tavern in the morning it can be a little cold before the open fire really gets roaring so please dress well.
If you don’t want to purchase food there were plenty of families that bought their own food to Kryal Castel. many were around the playground and in the Grandstand enjoying lunch together. This may be an option if you are saving some money.
Kryal Castle Events
During our stay at Kryal Castle Ballarat, we decided to attend the Medieval Feast night. It is a dinner and a show styled night and it was lots of fun for the kids as everyone gets involved.
We had the same actors from throughout the day and again they were fabulous. By the end of the night, we were all in stitches and we even learnt the names of the actors so we could personally thank them for doing such a fantastic job all day.
If sharing a meal with strangers is not your thing then you may find the Medieval Feast difficult. We were very lucky and the people we sat with were really nice. You share a platter of cheeses, to begin with, and then the main meal of meats and vegetables.
Kryal Castle Accommodation
The Kryal Castle accommodation is within the walls of the theme park. This gives you fantastic opportunities to go and wander the medieval theme park before opening and after it has shut to visitors.
I really loved wandering and watching the medieval theme park come to life throughout the day. It was fantastic to see it come alive and we only got that from staying in the Kryal Castle suites.
The Kryal Castle suites are all styled in a medieval theme and are nice and cozy to go back to on a cold day when you are visiting Kyral Castle in winter. I was a little surprised that they were not serviced every day with the price they are but it was a very nice and tidy room for the 4 of us.
A night in the Kryal Castle suites would be a great way to celebrate an anniversary or special occasion. The Kryal Castle Accommodation we stayed in started at $175 per night for 2 adults.
One thing I was very confused about was that none of the Kryal Castle accommodation included children even if you booked a family room. You had to add on $25 per night to your Kryal Castle suites price for the kids. It added an extra $50 per night to our costs.
There are so many other Kryal Castle Events that come up through the year including a Murder Mystery night and other Medieval feasts. I also really loved that you could get married at Kryal Castle and even have your birthday party there!
How do I get to Kryal Castle Ballarat?
By Car from Melbourne
Enter the address above and you will be taken along the M8 freeway to Kryal Castle Ballarat. It will take around 1 and a half hours to reach Kryal Castle. )This route to the castle includes tollways.)
By Train from Melbourne
You can get a v/line train (this is the rural train provider in Victoria) from Southern Cross Station to make a day trip from Melbourne to Ballarat.
All in all, we had a great time at Kryal Castle Ballarat during our stay. While some things could be a little bit better the people who worked there were what made us love our time.
A huge thank you to Laurence, Penny, Sir Hector, the Black Knight and all the other actors that made our stay visiting Kryal Castle amazing. Without you and your hard work to keep the kids (and the adults) entertained Kryal Castle Ballarat would absolutely not be the same. Thank you.
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Mark Wyld is a father, Husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support