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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. To visit Kenilworth Castle on your holiday in Kenilworth, and find out what else Kenilworth has to offer, use our Kenilworth itinerary builder.
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  • What a beautiful and atmospheric place! When you walk around you feel that you are living the history. Lots of ruins to wonder at and imagine Queen Elizabeth 1 staying there. Felt sorry for Robert Dud...  more »
  • Lots of fun protecting the princess from the dragon. Not too many stairs to climb. Pretty gardens. Tea shop a little busy but staff are friendly. Not too far a walk into the town centre or park. Great...  more »
  • The gardens were revived in 2009 and featured in a TV documentary, which stimulated my interest to visit. What must be remembered about gardening in Elizabeth I time is that there were no foreign plan...  more »
  • One of our more memorable locations during our brief vacation in England. The castle as it stands now is still astonishingly impressive, it doesn't take much to imagine it's glory during it's prime. Would definitely recommend if you have the opportunity to visit.
  • I have been there several times and always enjoy it. Be sure to take the audio tour (bring headphones so you don't have to hold up the device up to your ear). The area is very well maintained and the ruins are great to explore. You get a lot of varied history with a nice focus on a romantic story which I won't ruin for you here. As the castle was blighted you have to use a bit of imagination but I think what remains is plenty to keep interest for a few hours. Climbing to the high areas and thinking about how the castle looked surrounded by water is particularly inspiring.
  • The ruins of the castle speak for themselves: well worth a visit in and of themselves. A pleasant, newly-built visitors shop and exceptionally friendly and welcoming staff. An extremely pleasant, cavernous café in old high-ceilinged stables.
  • great castle, and has one the best firework display's. This event has grown over many years to its current position as the premier firework display in the region, attracting people to Kenilworth from all over the county. Not only is this great for promoting the town, it also allows us to raise money for a wide range of local causes.
  • There is so much to do here! I came with a friend from South Africa and my father and we enjoyed wondering around. There is enough space which means you are never rushed or annoyed by others. The weather wasn't great but we still had a wonderful time. The parking was £2 for more than 2 hours, which was refunded when we bought our tickets. As it is summer there were a lot of activities for kids!