Ready for a “knight” you’ll remember? Then make plans to spend an evening at Medieval Times Atlanta! This family-friendly dinner and joust is pure fun and entertainment.
When visiting the castle in Lawrenceville, Georgia, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the 11th century. You’ll enjoy knighting ceremonies, jousting competitions, awesome sword fights, and lots of feasting.
Here’s everything you need to know about Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament!
ARRIVING AT MEDIEVAL TIMES
The Atlanta Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is located in Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Lawrenceville. Atlanta is one of 9 Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament castles around the country. As you park in the mall parking lot, the imposing castle gets you into the mood, and you know you’re in for a night you’ll never forget.
The outside of the castle makes for a great photo op! To actually get into Medieval Times, you must enter the mall and check in. The castle gates open up 60 minutes prior to show time.
At check in, you will be “crowned” as part of Her Majesty’s kingdom. The color of your crown determines which knight you’ll be cheering for during the tournament!
Once inside the castle, there is a carnival atmosphere befitting an ancient tournament. Vendors sell their wares, beverages are available for purchase (including beer and wine), and a large roaring fire beckons attendees to sit and enjoy the ambiance. Show staff entertains with informal interactions and you can even get an up-close look at the show falcon.
The Queen herself is available for photos and performs the knighting ceremony for an additional fee.
Medieval Times has a gift shop, a Hall of Arms displaying medieval artifacts, and a Museum of Torture (and extra $2). At the Museum of Torture, explanations of how each device was used accompanies the piece, and it’s kind of gruesome to think about. (Teens seem to especially love it!)
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DINING AT MEDIEVAL TIMES
When it’s getting close to show time, they will announce the official Call to Table, and you’ll be seated by the color of your crowns.
Entering the arena is really amazing. It’s easy to believe you’re in a real castle! As mist fills the arena, you’ll be seated according to your crown color. Then you’ll get ready to feast and raise a goblet to the queen!
As soon as you’re seated, your drink orders will be taken and soon your four-course feast will begin. You’ll enjoy your meal while watching the knights participate in a series of tournament games.
Your dinner will include tomato soup and bread, roasted chicken, corn-on-the-cob, a potato plank, and a small dessert. The best part? You eat with your hands! There was no silverware in the 11th century, and there isn’t any here either. But don’t worry…they do give you a napkin! It all adds to the fun of the experience.
They offer vegetarian options here, as well. If you have dietary restrictions, they can accommodate you. Just let your server know.
MEDIEVAL TIMES SHOW
While you enjoy your feast, you’ll watch the knights compete in a contest of champions. It’s so fun to watch the amazing horses, knights, and games. During the show, all the knights have carnations to freely deliver to their adoring fans, making lifelong memories for several audience members.
Cheering and revelry are encouraged, and your family will leave feeling a sense of loyalty for your esteemed knight of the realm. Even if your knight is defeated, you will have an opportunity to cheer on other knights in the one-on-one battles.
Throughout the show you’ll see liberty horse acts, a falcon demonstration, jousting, and hand-to-hand combat. The combat scenes are well choreographed, and the action is real and always exciting. You often see sparks flying!
In the end, one knight will be named victor and he’ll select one lucky lady from the audience as the tournament’s Queen of Love and Beauty. (My daughter was chosen for this once, and she was BEAMING! Cutest thing ever.) The entire dinner and show takes about two hours.
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CELEBRATE AT MEDIEVAL TIMES
Going with friends and family to Medieval Times is a great way to celebrate a birthday, family reunion, or special occasions. If you have a group of 15 or more, there are several different packages to choose from. Going to the castle with a group is a fun way to celebrate any occasion.
If you’re celebrating a birthday, they have package options that come with cake, banners, and even a knighting ceremony to celebrate your VIP (more below).
TICKETS & PACKAGES
There are several different ticket packages to choose from at Medieval Times. General Admission tickets include the tournament, feast, colored crown, and two rounds of non-alcoholic beverages.
The Royalty Package includes the tournament and feast, preferred seating, and cheering banners. The Celebration Package — perfect for birthdays — includes the tournament and feast, preferred seating, cheering banners, a VIP lanyard, a photo for everyone in your party, a slice of cake for everyone, and a special announcement at the beginning of the show.
There’s also a Queen’s Royalty Package that includes everything already mentioned, plus framed photos and the best seats in the house.
Advanced ticket purchases are recommended. Children under three can come for free, as long as they sit on your lap and share your meal. If you want them to have their own seat an/or plate, you’ll have to pay the child rate.
Upon arrival, everyone gets their picture taken when they enter the castle. These photos are an additional $20 and include a hardcover frame.
If you’d like to be knighted, the cost is $25. The Knighting Ceremony includes a photo of the ceremony, keepsake scroll, and an announcement during the show.
For an extra $29, you can get the Glow Knight Sword & Flag. You (or maybe your child…) will receive a glow sword and a flag with your knight’s colors, so you can proudly support your knight as he competes to become the champion.
For $14, you can get a slushy in a souvenir cup. You’ll receive a non-alcoholic slushy in one of three keepsake cups.
SITTING WITH YOUR GROUP
Guests will only be seated with people booked under the same reservation and seating package.
If you’re already purchased multiple sets of tickets though, you can email all of your order numbers to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the date of your show. In order to be seated together, all tickets will have to have the same ticket package.
GET THERE EARLY
The doors open 60 minutes before the show starts, and you’ll want to get there within that first half hour, or earlier for busy Saturday night shows. Getting their early allows you time to explore the Hall of Arms, grab a drink, enjoy the ambiance, visit the gift shop, and mingle.
At the ticket counter, you’ll get your seat assignments, which are handed out in a first-come, first-serve fashion. Seats are given by knight color and then row number.
If you paid extra for VIP tickets, you’ll be sitting in the first two rows.
Once you’ve checked in and received your crown, take in some of the pre-show festivities taking place.
It’s fun to watch some of the knighting ceremonies, even if you’re not taking part in one. You can get an up close view of the owl and falcon from the show, as well. Check out the fun gift shop with all the knight-related things, or take pictures around the entrance hall with some of the suits of armor.
The details in the entrance hall are so fun, and really gets you ready for the joust.
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As we’ve mentioned, the food is good, kid-friendly, and there’s plenty of it. Eating with your hands adds to the experience! Afterwards, they provide you with a wipe for clean-up. My kids love the dining here! If you really don’t want to eat with your hands, utensils are provided upon request.
If you’re a vegetarian or have special food allergies, you can let the staff know either when booking your tickets, during check-in, or tell you server.
Two rounds of non-alcoholic drinks are provided during the show, and your choices are water, sweet and unsweet tea, coffee, Pepsi, or Diet Pepsi. There is also a large cash bar that serves both adult and kid-friendly drinks too. You can get drinks at the bar before entering the arena (you can bring them in with you), or you can order them from your server once seated.
Gratuity is not included in your ticket price, so have some cash on hand to tip your server at the end of the night.
Pro tip: You can pre-pay your gratuity at the ticket counter by using a credit card. If you would prefer to leave gratuity in cash, feel free to wait and give your gratuity directly to your server at the end of the show. Venmo payments are also accepted for touch-free gratuity exchange and ATMs are available inside the Hall of Arms.
The gift shop at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is quite impressive. You’ll find everything from princess hats and costumes to toy swords and shields.
You’ll also find real swords and shields, and plenty of other knight-related goodness.
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