Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth

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Kenilworth Castle allows you to imagine how life when Queen Elizabeth I frequented the area. Rich in history, the castle claims to be the site of the longest siege in English history, lasting six months in 1266 CE. The castle itself offers numerous architectural styles, evolving from its original design as a Norman tower into a Renaissance palace. The Elizabethan Gardens on site, once lost for over 400 years, are now restored to their former glory. They feature carved arbors, a bejwelled aviary, and the spectacular marble fountain. Explore the castle ruins and the Elizabethan Garden while listening to the audio tour--for both adults and children--which is included in the price of the ticket. Be sure to visit the exhibition in the gatehouse, which provides a comprehensive overview of the castle and the history of the area. Make Kenilworth Castle a centerpiece of your Kenilworth vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kenilworth travel itinerary planner .
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  • Brilliant place to walk around, though the audio tour is a bit confusing, We lost our way tryiing to follow the route, but the content of the commentary is very well done. English Heritage are aware o...  more »
  • From the moment we arrived we felt that everything and everyone was designed to engage us and ensure we appreciated the history of which they are so proud. It is a very interesting site and there is s...  more »
  • We joined English Heritage and this was our first visit. The staff were wonderful and friendly especially in the shop area. Well signposted and good disabled facilities. The down side was the very col...  more »
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  • Absolutely breathtaking place! So much to explore, and the history of the castle is brought to life so wonderfully by the free audio guide. Especially worth a visit when they have reenactment days happening. The effort that goes into them is unbelievable. Everyone involved is so welcoming and eager to share their knowledge, and so passionate about what they do. We've visited twice so far, and both times the staff in the shop have been an absolute delight to meet too, even for someone like me who suffers a lot with social anxiety. Just thoroughly lovely people who really seem to have time for everybody. In short (and to state the glaringly obvious!) I simply can't recommend Kenilworth Castle highly enough!
  • Stunning castle inside and out. Fascinating history, recommend getting one of the electronic tour guides which tell stories and play music - really helps you understand it's rich history. Dog friendly and lots of nice walks and complimented by dog friendly pubs in the vicinity. Allow time for a walk around Abbey Fields opposite.
  • This is an impressive ruin, which shows the extent of flattery that courtiers went to in times past. The spaciousness of the grounds expresses the varied uses such a place would accommodate. The ornate garden is exquisite to behold and the chance to imagine just how life there would have been.
  • Great place to visit when it is sunny. Miles of open countryside on the one side and Abbey fields park on the other. The flower displays are worth the price of entry in the spring alone. Have a good barn style cafe with average prices for drinks and food. During the summer and bank holidays they usually have some form of entertainment in the form of tented displays or knights in armour.
  • We have a English heritage pass and it was our first visit. There was an event the day we came and the kids loved it! Beautiful views and gardens with a large cafe. Very enjoyable day. Parking was free and only a minute walk to the reception desk. Staff very nice too.

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