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Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth

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Castle Historic Site
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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  • This is a great site to come and visit but they need to add more to do, they had a small programme of events on but more than half were just talks about life in the Middle Ages, not exactly riveting s...  more »
  • We bought an English Heritage Visitors Pass and so we had free admission here. Park in the main car park or at Abbey Fields. Nice walk from the fields. It was a cool windy day that hampered our visit ...  more »
  • This castle tells the story of Robert Dudley which is incredibly interesting! There is an exhibition full of information about him and Elizabeth I in the gate keepers home. The stables have been conve...  more »
  • Kenilworth Castle makes a great day out with plenty to see and do. The castle ruins can be climbed up and have many areas and rooms to explore. Also the gardens and guard house make for an interesting visit. All the staff at Kenilworth castle where really friendly, chatty and informative.
  • Excellent day out for the family. Lots of activities for the kids. Free entry for English heritage members. Excellent views over Warwickshire. Excellent staff, so friendly and good with the kids. Only problem was the toilet facilities. There are nowhere near enough for the amount of people that are on site which results in long queues. Would have given a 5 star if there were more toilets.
  • Stunning castle. Informative displays, helpful information boards,impressive reconstruction of an Elizabethan garden. Large reasonably priced cafe within the stables building so an amazing backdrop to your snacking.
  • Visited here multiple times to get some good shots of the surrounding area. Parking was free if you buy entry tickets to the castle but spaces are quite limited. Quite a few paths for walking outside of the castle. Scenic views of the surrounding Kenilworth area overlooking houses on one side and vast farms on the other. It's part of English heritage and free entry for members.
  • Lonely setting, lots of history and knowledgable and friendly staff. Nice tea room. Only reason it wasn't 5 stars is that I felt the cutlery and the tray should have been a bit cleaner. The food was also served on paper plates which wasn't reflective of the price we were paying.