Medieval Times Toronto: Family Fun in Toronto for All!
I hadn't been to Medieval Times Toronto since I was a kid, but the moment the show got going, I remembered why I looked back on the experience so fondly.
In many ways it's billed as one of the Toronto attractions for kids, but I would actually say it should be thought of as one of the things to do in Toronto with kids. I make that distinction because you'll have just as much fun, if not more, especially if you decide to have a glass or two of mead while they're happily sipping on soda.
How do I know it's so much fun for adults? I know this because I tested the theory. 6 of us in total, all certifiable adults, headed back to "The Toronto Castle" to see if we could capture a moment of our childhood once again. Now, I have to use the term "adults" rather lightly here because in a lot of ways Medieval Times Toronto reacquainted us with those warm feelings of childhood. For a couple of hours, all our worries vanished. After all, they didn't have phone bills in the 11 century.
I'm here to tell you that though it might be billed as one of those Toronto attractions for kids, it's one of the better nights that I've had out in a while, and I know that my friends felt the same. We were front row, fervently cheering on the green knight, and all of us were wearing smiles and crowns.
All that to say, Medieval Times Toronto is undoubtedly one of those fun places for kids in Toronto, but it's no less fun for adults.
What is Medieval Times Toronto (Other than Sheer Toronto Fun)?
I should briefly note that while I'm referring to it as Medieval Times Toronto, as it's colloquially known, it's also regularly called Medieval Times Dinner Theatre or Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.
What is Medieval Times Toronto all about? Well, it's largely what you can imagine it would be. Guests are essentially welcomed into a glorious medieval arena, where they'll be placed in one of six sections, each a different colour and thus cheering section for your respective knight. You can see by our gorgeous crowns above that we were supporters of the Green Knight. and thus sat in the green section, and we waved those green banners with a fervor, I'll tell you.
These six knights complete an array of impressive challenges that are meant to, in part, emulate what it would have been like back in the 11th century at a medieval feast and tournament. It's family fun in Toronto, for the whole family.
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These aren't one trick ponies either (no pun intended), the tournament lasts for a good two hours, and throughout the Medieval Times show there's tons of drama weaved throughout to keep the kids on the edge of their seat, and the adults more than engaged. As far as family activities in Toronto go, it doesn't get a whole lot better.
It's also worth noting that, storyline aside, what these guys can do on horseback is phenomenal. That's not even mentioning the falconer who has a segment involving a falcon (shocking, right?) that is mind blowing. The storyline is built, in my humble opinion, to be one of the great Toronto attractions for kids, but the talent and skill can certainly be appreciated by all.
If you don't happen to be located in Toronto, there's no need to stress, there are plenty of other locations.
NOTE: This post may contain some affiliate links. That means, simply, that I may get commissions from some of my recommendations. That being said, my opinions are fully my own.
Medieval Times Locations (not including Medieval Times Toronto)
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament has 8 locations not named Medieval Times Toronto.
Medieval Times Buena Park Castle
Medieval Times Dallas Castle
Medieval Times Baltimore Castle
Medieval Times Orlando Castle
Medieval Times Atlanta Castle
Medieval Times Lyndhurst Castle
Medieval Times Myrtle Beach Castle
Medieval Times Chicago Castle
The Medieval Times Menu
One aspect that is a lot of fun at Medieval Times Toronto is the lack of cutlery. It's not that often that you get to embrace your inner medieval side and forget about the existence of cutlery. Using your hands to eat is a forgotten art.
Once again, this is one of those things that makes it Medieval Times Toronto one of the great things to do in Toronto with kids, but is no less fun as an adult, especially if you've had a touch of wine. It's you versus half a chicken, and to the victor go the spoils (that being said, Medieval Times does indeed offer a vegetarian option if you aren't interested in the aforementioned showdown).
Rather then get into the nitty gritty of the menu, let me just note what Medieval Times says about it - I think they've summed up what's on offer pretty nicely. You should note, the Medieval Times menu is the same across the board, whether you're at Medieval Times Toronto or Medieval Times Dallas. It's fairly clear that Medieval Times is all about consistency.
"Medieval Times' noble guests feast on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, pastry of the Castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages. A full-service bar is also available for adult guests. Vegetarian meals are available upon request."
They've quite literally designed a menu for you to embrace your inner medieval king or queen. I've also got to say that the chicken was pretty delicious as well. One of my curses in this life is my nearly insurmountable appetite, and thinking back on that chicken has sparked it once again!
There are all sorts of dinner shows in Toronto, but there's only one Medieval Times Toronto, that's for sure. This meal alone ensures is counts as one of those things to do in Toronto with kids.
Medieval Times Tickets Prices and Packages
As far as Toronto attractions for kids go in Toronto, in my opinion, this is good value, and that's largely because it includes a meal. Let's be frank, usually fun things to do with kids in Toronto will cost a fortune or more. As of writing this, an adult ticket to Medieval Times Toronto is $65.95 and children 12 and under are $45.95.
However, for this May, adults are $47.95 and kids are $39.95. If I'm not mistaken, kids are also free for their birthday and get a shout out.
Just to save you the time of going to the website, I'll note the ticket packages here for you.
Medieval Times Toronto Ticket Packages
King's Royalty Package (over $40 retail value plus premium seating)
Add this package for only $22 additional per person.
Priority Castle Access
VIP First Row All Section Seating or Second Row in Center Section
Priority Seating Access
Framed Entrance Group Photo
Celebration Package (over $40 retail value)
Add this package for only $18 additional per person.
Priority Castle Access
Priority Seating Access
Group Photo for Each Member of the Party
Slice of Birthday Cake for Each Member of the Party
Personalized Announcement During the Show
Royalty Package (over $20 retail value)
Add this package for only $12 additional per person.
Priority Castle Access
Priority Seating Access
I should inform you here that I'm not getting a kickback from Medieval Times Toronto or Medieval Times at large for this, I'm just genuinely trying to make your life a bit easier, and recommend some family fun in Toronto.
Typically, as far as Medieval Times Toronto showtimes are concerned there's one show per day at 7:30pm, but on weekends they often have two shows, and I imagine they may run two shows in the summer, but you can check their website for details, which I've linked to in this post above.
Hotels Near Medieval Times Toronto
So, Medieval Times Toronto is located fairly centrally as far as Toronto is concerned. I've added Medieval Times Toronto to this map if you'd like to take a peak.
Alright so Medieval Times Toronto is located just south of Liberty Village and Little Portugal, and southeast of Parkdale. West of Medieval Times Toronto is BMO Field, Exhibition Place and then further on you've got the Entertainment District and downtown.
A central hotel isn't going to be terribly far from Medieval Times Toronto, and perhaps even within walking distance if you like a good walk.
I'll embed a hotel search box from Booking in case you'd like to see your options.
Medieval Times Toronto Parking
Parking in Toronto is a nightmare and, wouldn't you know the parking at Medieval Times Toronto is not entirely different. All other Medieval Times locations actually provide on-site parking, but the parking at Medieval Times Toronto relies on nearby public lots which have seasonal rates.
Just anticipate that it will cost you a fair bit to park nearby because Toronto parking in central areas is a mess. If you can avoid driving, I probably would, and just take your favourite car sharing service or the metro.
Basically, Medieval Times Toronto parking is public and, as such, you're at the mercy of public lots, so that may be worth it or it may not, really. It's a matter of preference.
Good Hearted Toronto Fun
If you're looking for things to do in Toronto with kids - look no further. And if you're looking for something fun to do with your friends, regardless of age, this post should prove to you that Medieval Times Toronto is still a good bet.
It's just good ol' fashioned Toronto fun. The kids around us waved their coloured banners with pride and we readily matched their enthusiasm. The reason that it's one of those kid's events in Toronto that is worth the hype is because it's legitimately enjoyable for all parties! Not to mention, it's good value for a dinner and show package in Toronto.
I don't have kids just yet, but I can imagine that I wouldn't be too upset to watch my child go back to the medieval era for a few hours while I have a beer and enjoy a little chicken.
It's wholesome Toronto fun, and it's a unique experience that you can't get anywhere else in Toronto. In my books, that makes it worth it.
I was received as media by the Medieval Times Toronto, whom I humbly thank. All opinions are my own. Have you been to Medieval Times before? Has this convinced you to head to Medieval Times? I'd love to know what you think!