Medieval Times Toronto Canada
When I was in California with my sister last year, I described Medieval Times as good looking men with long hair and beards, riding horses. And accordingly, it seems rather popular with bachelorette/hen’s parties.
Medieval Times describes itself as an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. It’s a show of chivalry, swords, knights, jousting, falconry, finishing with an epic battle to fight for the Princess.
If, like me, you get a prickly, burning sensation any time someone singles you out in a crowd to participate, please be assured that Medieval Times is not this sort of dinner theatre.
You can sit there as quietly as you like and remain blissfully anonymous. Though, you will get more fun out of it if you do throw out a few cheers for your knight here and there!
You’re given one of six knights to cheer for during the joust and skills testing. And you get to watch all of this ringside, while eating an equally epic four course banquet.
When we first visited in 2011, I had the delicious vegetarian meal, which is available on request. On this occasion I was very lucky that they had recently launched a new vegan meal – which meant North Nomad could happily have his medieval banquet, whilst I didn’t go hungry!
For the four course meal, you have garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, spare rib, herb-basted potatoes, pastry of the Castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages. North Nomad was incredibly pleased with his meal, which included many of his favourite things to eat.
For the vegan meal hummus and veggies replace the garlic bread. The tomato bisque was suitable for the vegan meal, and instead of the chicken and spare ribs, there was a vegan stew. It was a mixed bean chilli with rice, with the herb-basted potatoes on top.
The bean chili was tasty, though the potatoes would have been better off as a side rather than included in the stew. For dessert, I had a delicious orange sorbet, and tea.
So how was the show?
It’s thoroughly entertaining. The horse riding skills and the jousting are fascinating.
The storyline is a modern twist on a medieval tale. Rather than the Princesses’ hand being fought for, she is has her own free choice in the matter, which I was quite pleased with. And there’s quite a fight for it.
It’s not self conscious at all or serious; it’s an absolute scream. The slightly over the top acting is hilarious. Some of the best lines come from the Lord Chancellor during the happy birthday and anniversary shout outs (and Princess Caitlin, pointing out a “young lad giving a rousing cheer for the bachelorette party” – when the young lad would have been about 6).
The two hour show flies past. The Castle is run like a finely oiled machine, so you’re never bored and there’s always food, drink and/or entertainment. And this means it’s good for kids, as well as adults.
And we would be remiss not to mention that we love animals, and know our readers do too. The horses who work in the shows are given top trainers and treatment. They begin appearing in shows at 3 years old, work for several years, then are retired to live out their lives on Chapel Creek Ranch, a 241 acre ranch in Texas.
Before the show starts, you need to check out the Hall of Arms with the impressive collection of swords. I tried to hold one of the swords for sale in the hall, and it was surprisingly heavy at what I thought would be a light 8 pounds.
And I was fascinated by the medieval Torture Museum. Great fun for the adults, but if you’re worried about freaking young kids out, give this a skip and send them over to the little knights and princesses area to check out the costumes.
Getting up close to the instruments of torture was quite a sight.
We saw the well-known stretching rack, and the lesser well-known, but brutal “Breaking of the Wheel” device – a common execution method in medieval times. Victims limbs were broken and “braided” into the spokes of the wheel. The wheel was moved upright facing the sky, and crows came and pecked at the victims for days until they died.
There were torture chairs with spikes, spiked collars, and cages where tortured prisoners were put on display.
Our tips for getting the most out of your experience:
- Get there early. Seating is on a first comes first served basis. There’s also a large bar, shops with sword displays, and the medieval torture museum to see.
- Every time we’ve attended, we’ve had the King’s Royalty Package, which guarantees a VIP front row seat. While each seat is spaced well enough for everyone to see what’s going on, it’s a lot of fun being as close to the action as possible.
The Nomads attended as guests of Medieval Times, Toronto Castle.
Location: 10 Dufferin Street, Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario M6K 3C3
Contact Details: 1-866-543-9637
Cost: ADULT: $65.95 (+tax & processing fee) CHILD 12 YEARS & UNDER: $42.95 (+tax & processing fee) for general admission tickets. The package we’ve had on both occasions we’ve attended has been the King’s Royalty Package (over $40 retail value plus premium seating) for $20 additional per person. It includes:
- VIP First-Row, All Sections or Second-Row, Center Section Seating
- Framed Entrance Group Photo
- Commemorative Program
- Knight’s Cheering Banner
- “Behind the Scenes” DVD (One Per Party)
NB: These costs do not include taxes and processing fees – this isn’t required by Canadian legislation, unlike Australia, England, Europe etc.