For 36 years, Medieval Times has entertained 71 million fans (and counting) with live jousting, sword fighting, falconry, horsemanship and, of course, a four-course feast for the ages. Resounding cheers have continually echoed through the arena as fans dine using their hands and proudly cheer for their knight while he battles for the glory of his kingdom. It is an epic tradition and unique experience that must be seen to believe.

Interested? Get the royal treatment! Get a free Royalty Upgrade with the purchase of a full-priced admission.* Simply enter discount code FRWEB at checkout, and you're on your way to feasting, fighting and fun. 

Read on, good nobles, to learn some secrets you may not know about the esteemed show!

1. The six knights who battle in the tournament are based on six real Spanish kingdoms.

knights riding on horses in the arena

Did you know that there is a real history behind all the action? The six kingdoms you see in the show are based on real Spanish kingdoms from the Middle Ages! The colors on their tunics and crests also represent the colors used by these kingdoms.

2. Medieval Times breeds its beautiful Spanish Andalusian horses in North America.

foal in the grass at Chapel Creek Ranch

All horses at Medieval Times are born and raised at the beautiful 230-acre Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas. Each year, 20 to 25 foals are born at the ranch, where they spend the first three years of their lives getting accustomed to human interaction and receiving basic training. At about age three, the horses leave the ranch and move to the castle to be the stars of the show!

3. Your trip to the castle can be educational too.

students watching the show and cheering and waving their cheering banners

Did you know Medieval Times can also be an educational experience? Each castle provides educational field trips throughout the school year that are exclusive to schools and homeschool students and summer matinees for summer camps and day cares. Corresponding lesson plans, worksheets, and study guides on the Middle Ages are available for download on the website. Some castles also have exclusive shows for all scouting organizations, including Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, that include a workshop with an opportunity to earn a merit badge, crest, or participation patch.

4. For the first time in our 35-year history, a queen rules the throne at Medieval Times.

queen sitting on throne and twirling her sword

Her Majesty Dona Maria Isabella has taken the throne! The new show has a story that demonstrates the power of the new queen as she presides over a tournament of knights who gather in celebration to test their skills against one another in a series of games, jousting, and combat.

5. You can visit the falcon before the show!

girl in the arena looks up as falcon flies above her

Stop by the castles' mews to take a closer look at these majestic birds. The Royal Falconer greets guests in the Hall of Arms before the show begins and takes pride in talking to the queen's guests about how the art of falconry predates the Middles Ages and has played an important role in the survival of both man and bird.

6. Chivalry lives beyond the castle.

knights in costume loading pallets of boxed food into truck

Medieval Times' knights of the realm do more than fight and train for the tournament! They also strive to actively serve their local community, honoring the values in their Code of Chivalry: compassion, courage, respect, charity, and honesty. Knights and show cast members participate in relief efforts after natural disasters, volunteer at animal shelters, hospitals and nursing homes, donate to local food drives, and more. This program of community service is known as Chivalry in Action!

7. The Castle is the Best Place to Celebrate a Birthday!

the black and white knight saying Happy Birthday to the camera

Medieval Times is the perfect venue for a truly memorable birthday party. With the Birthday Package, you and your entire group can receive a slice of birthday cake, souvenir slushie, announcement during the show, group photo and more. 

Are you ready for a Medieval knight out now, good nobles? The queen has you covered; Get a free Royalty Upgrade with any full-priced admission! Simply enter discount code FRWEB at checkout!* Experience the new show and all its excitement, adventure and wonder. It is the perfect outing for celebrations of any sort or a lively addition to your Spring Break festivities. Queen Isabella hopes to see you and your family and friends at the castle soon!

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*Offer not valid at the Scottsdale, AZ location. Each castle location may slightly differ in experience depending on availability.