Thanks to Visit Baltimore, I finally got to check out Medieval Times with my bf. I live near the castle in Arundel Mills, MD so it was super convenient. I had heard a lot about the experience from friends so I was pumped to enjoy the food + show. So imma break it all down for y’all: you purchase your tickets via phone or internet and then pick ’em up at the call window before the show. We reserved tics to the 7:30 viewing on Saturday and got there around 7:10ish. The rep on the phone recommended that we get there around 6:30 for pre-show festivities and seats (it’s all first-come, first-served), but it ended up being fine! We sat in the very back, but we could still see everything clearly, andddd we liked the fact we could exit quickly. ha.
Everyone’s in character and people get really into it! There are six different “teams,” and you’re sorted accordingly so you can cheer for your knight. As you can see, the bf and I were seated in the blue section. I was beyond impressed with the setup – the arena was HUGE! We were pretty hangry at that point so we anxiously awaited noms.
On that note, let’s take a look at their 4-course menu! We started with a yummy tomato bisque – it was nice and hot, served with a slice of buttery garlic bread. Then we got giant piece of roasted chicken (breast and thigh) for our main with corn-on-the-cob and half of a herb-basted potato as sides. Dessert was a piece of lemony pound cake. I’m not a huge fan of lemony stuffs, but this was surprisingly moist so I had quite a bit of it. Overall, the food was quite good, but it was cooked with a LOT of butter so yeah – the corn was like 70% corn and 30% butter, haha.
Now, since everything’s set in “medieval times,” no one got silverware. If you’re not a fan of eating with your hands, just talk to your waiter. He or she will probably tease you about it, but they’ll get you some plastic utensils STAT! BF and I didn’t end up getting coffee because we left a little early – I assume they served peeps towards the end – but we got two servings of dranks. You have a choice between sweet tea and pepsi. I don’t drink either so I asked my waiter for diet pepsi, which they carried. FYI, they also carry vegetarian options – just let them know before dinner service starts!
The show itself wasn’t THE most incredible thing I’ve ever seen, but it was still a really good time. Big ups to the falcon segment though – the bird soared all around the arena, which was by far my favorite part! Regardless, I had a lot of fun supporting my team throughout the jousts and duels, even though the fights were kind of corny.
Do I recommend the experience? If you’re going with friends and family, for sure. And a HUGE yes, if you have little kids with you. We saw SO many munchkins enjoying their time there! There were tons of birthdays going on + hoards of peeps from the military & local colleges there to blow off some steam.
All the knights lining up to greet the crowd! They all jousted first on horse before engaging in hand-to-hand combat (as pictured above).
They have 8 other locations (Atlanta, Buena Park Cali, Dallas, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Lyndhurst, Chicago, and Toronto), and there are various ticket packages to choose from. For those of you interested, group rates are available. The whole show lasts for 2 hours, and tickets are $59.95 a pop for adults and $36.95 for children under 12.