Kenilworth Castle & GardensPlaces to Visit
- All the family
- Under 5s
- School age
Venue:Indoor & Outdoor
The grounds of Kenilworth Castle are now open, however the Gatehouse and Towers are currently closed. Takeaway catering is available and the shop is open, but other indoor areas remain closed, and safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe.
You need to book your visit in advance. Find out more here.
Things to See and Do at Kenilworth Castle
For the first time in 350 years you can explore the full height of the tower built by Leicester to court Elizabeth I. Stand at floor level in the queen's private rooms and soak up the same spectacular views that she enjoyed. Experience a whole new perspective on what was one of Elizabethan England's finest buildings. Our staircases and platforms take you 18 metres up into the tower, to the level of the fireplaces and windows built specially for the royal visit.
Walk in the footsteps of the great Tudor queen through the garden and imagine the opulence and splendour of Elizabethan Kenilworth. Lost to the world for almost 400 years, this beautifully recreated Elizabethan Garden is a haven of peace and tranquillity, full of colour and fragrant walkways.
Visit the fascinating exhibition about the famous royal romance between the queen and her ambitious courtier, Robert Dudley. Built in the 1570s, the imposing castle entrance was transformed into a private house after 1650. Today you can see how it looked when the last caretaker left in the late 1930s.
A Castle and it's People
Have fun with the family-friendly displays in our interactive exhibition bringing Kenilworth's past to life. Housed in the magnificent Tudor stables, see how the castle has changed throughout its 900-year history, and what it looked like in its heyday. Children can get hands-on with history as they try on our dressing up clothes. Then see, and touch, the mighty trebuchet balls which were hurled at Kenilworth Castle 800 years ago and have remained here ever since.
Admire the mighty keep - the heart of castle life for 500 years. The Norman keep was a defensive powerhouse, built three stories high with walls 14 feet wide. It is still a dominant feature of the castle today. Originally built in the 12th century, it was strengthened by King John a century later, and modified for entertaining by Robert Dudley in 1570.
John of Gaunt's Great Hall was one of the finest of its kind and at the cutting edge of 14th century architectural design. If you want to explore more, why not take a walk round the outside of the castle walls and admire its imposing exterior. Go back through Mortimer's Tower where you entered the castle grounds and take the path either to the left or the right.
Kenilworth Castle - a Family Friendly Day Out!
- BABY CHANGING FACILITIES - Unisex toilet located in Leicester's Gatehouse with baby changing facilities.
- BOTTLE / FOOD WARMING - Please ask for hot water.
- CHILDREN'S AUDIO TOUR - Children's audio tour included in the price available from the visitor centre.
- CHILDREN'S CUTLERY - Yes
- CHILD SIZED PORTIONS - Yes
- HIGH CHAIRS - Three highchairs available in the tearoom.
- PUSHCHAIRS ALLOWED - Yes, limited access to Leicester's Gatehouse.
- PICNICS - There are benches situated at the picnic area outside the tearoom. There are also large grassed areas around the site that are ideal for picnics.
Food and Drink at Kenilworth Castle
Unwind with a visit to the Stables Tearoom. It offers a delicious selection of cakes and light lunches, made from seasonal ingredients and sourced from local suppliers. Children's meals are also available.
The tearoom is open daily (10.30am - 4.30pm) from April to October. From November to March it is open Sat and Sun only (11am - 3pm). Groups by prior arrangement - please phone the site to book.
Your visit to Kenilworth Castle
The Kenilworth Castle shop sells an extensive range of heritage gifts and souvenirs, including armour, swords, books, jams, alcohol, kids toys and tapestries.
Dogs at Kenilworth Castle
Dogs on lead are allowed. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Parking & Directions
At Kenilworth Castle, parking charges apply to non-members. Parking is free for members. As the car park can get quite busy on large event days, we offer a free shuttle bus from Kenilworth town centre. Town centre car parks are not managed by English Heritage so parking charges may apply. Free shuttle buses leave every 10-15 minutes from 10am to 5.30pm from the Kenilworth clock tower stop, outside the Holiday Inn.
Click here for full directions to Kenilworth Castle.
|Saturday||10:00 - 16:00|
|Sunday||10:00 - 16:00|