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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  • Excellent place to visit. It's about 20 years since my last visit (slapped hands 😲) and a lot has changed. The garden has been developed and the walkway in the Queen's building is well worth exploring. The information boards are very informative and the English heritage staff are very helpful and are very knowledgeable. Tea rooms well worth a visit, all in all I don't know why I didn't give it a five star rating.
  • Originally built by the Normans, but for the most part, it's history is associated with the Elizabethan era. Queen Elizabeth (i) visited on two occasions during the 1500's. Unlike it's close neighbour Warwick Castle, some of the original structure is not so complete, but the gate house is intact and the Elizabethan Gardens have been restored in keeping with the era. English Heritage have done a great job with it's upkeep and a lot of research has gone into it's history, for which I would recommend the Audio Guide. A good day out and It's worth checking to see what events are scheduled as the joust was truly impressive.
  • I love Kenilworth castle. The history alone is of great interest to me. I love the fact that different architectural points of interest are available to look at and learn from. I have been here on a couple of occasions during a Halloween event and on a normal opening day. Both occasions had been perfect. This place is the reason I signed up for an English heritage membership, so I can come back as often as I want. The members of staff have always on every occasion been friendly, helpful and welcoming. They are a huge credit to such an amazing place. Also, the cherry curd they sell is great on toast and makes a bog standard cheese cake taste amazing.
  • Large site with interesting buildings and exhibits from the last several hundred years. The shop was nice with lots of jam, chutney and alcohol tasters. Staff were very helpful and friendly. There's a fairly basic and overpriced cafe, as expected. A really interesting site with lovely gardens and views. A pleasant way to spend a few hours.
  • The castle and grounds are fascinating. The wealth of historic architecture is delightful and interpretation very helpful. The restaurant is simple and nice. The Tudor/Elizabethan garden is most impressive and must have been a huge undertaking to recreate. The site has much to recommend it whether you go during a quite time or when large special events are staged here. For me Leicester's gatehouse which still stands intact is a very real pleasure to see. The site is a real gem for those with the imagination to see it as it once was.
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