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If you're all dressed up in chainmail with no place to go, today's deal is an excuse to wear grandma's mail hood and mittens out of the house. Today's side deal to Medieval Times gets you an adult ticket and royalty upgrade to the sensuous four-course feast and live show, featuring horse-mounted combat, falconry, and mace-wielding professionals, for $30, a $65.55 value for adults, including tax. Your royalty upgrade gets you preferred seating in the second and third rows, a banner for cheering on your knight, a behind-the-scenes DVD, and a commemorative program. Though Medieval Times' website offers free royalty upgrades with the purchase of a regular ticket and offers tickets as low as the Groupon price when you purchase multiples, your Groupon combines these deals without requiring you to purchase multiples or limiting the showtimes you can attend.
An expansive stone castle bedecked in flags awaits you in Lawrenceville, where you can satisfy your New Year's resolution to spend more time with the other family you've secretly been keeping in Lawrenceville. Arrive as early as 90 minutes before your show time to get the best available seats, peruse the castle halls, and take your kids to visit the medieval torture museum as a homework-completion incentive. Inside the arena, each section of seats is colored to correspond to one of King Phillipe's six knights, each of whom has his own set of skills and fan-base of fainting ladies. Cheer as the Red Knight, known for having a lion's heart and the stomach of a house cat, rides his majestic horse toward the John McEnroe of jousting, the truculent Green Knight with flowing locks of man-hair dancing on the air. For two hours, you can cheer around a mouth full of potato for the jousters, swordsmen, horses, and well-trained Jim Carrey impersonators.
Feast on garlic bread, roasted chicken, spare ribs, and herb-basted potatoes with the traditional medieval eating utensils—your hands. Great for those who like to play with their food or haven't learned continental dining etiquette, dining with your hands strips the social artifice from food and leaves behind only the flavorful delight. Enthusiastic patrons may ask to forego the bowl and slurp their tomato bisque from their cupped hands. After dinner, enjoy the castle's tempting pastry with beverages. Vegetarian meals are available upon request, if your knight wins.
The Atlanta Traveler enjoyed Medieval Times, saying:
- I can honestly say that I loved the 2-hour show. It was exciting and suspenseful. Add to that the dramatic original musical score recorded by world-famous Prague Symphony Orchestra. – The Atlanta Traveler
- The food was very good. I was pleasantly surprised…there are no condiments served like ketchup or sauce for chicken. The chicken though is very juicy so I didn't mind it without any sauce… – sultybrew, TripAdvisor
- The production values of the show were pretty amazing. Very slick. The horses were just plain remarkable in their skill. If you're willing to get into the performances, and your kids are having a great time, this is very worth the money. – dabev, TripAdvisor
Knights in shining armor. White horses. Fair maidens. All the magnificent trappings of a bygone era come to life at Medieval Times, where ironclad knights clash for the title of King's Champion in front of a wide-eyed audience that peppers the battlefield with cheers and jeers between bites of a four-course dinner. Each two-hour tournament channels the pageantry and spectacle of 11th-century Spain, pitting six competitors against each other inside a spacious, sand-filled arena for the honor of earning the title of champion and the favor of the royal court. A spirited musical score infuses epic onslaughts with an extra dose of tension as adversaries joust atop stallions, deflect ferocious blows, and slice through suits forged of authentic chain mail. To further immerse guests in the fairy tale, Medieval Times encourages each guest to declare their allegiance by cheering loudly for the knight in their corner.
Like royal guests centuries ago, spectators bask in the revelry while feasting upon a finger-friendly bill of fare without the aid of utensils or the "choo-choo" sounds of parents. The four-course feast includes a tomato-bisque soup starter, oven-roasted chicken with a garlic-bread side, and an herb-basted potato. Servers periodically fill patrons’ goblets with soda or water, which adults can supplement with purchases from a full-service bar. Meals conclude with the castle's sweet pastry dessert.