Explore the largest and most extensive castle ruin in England, with a past rich in famous names and events. It was built by Robert Dudley to impress his beloved Queen Elizabeth I in 1575. Discover the history of Kenilworth through the interactive model in Leicester's Barn. From Summer 2014 visitors will be able to better view the inside of the building by using the new internal viewing platforms, which are on various levels up to 18 metres high.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Access restricted to lower floors in some areas, uneven surfaces, steep slopes, steps
- Facilities: Audio tour, hearing loop, Braille, wheelchair loan, lift in Gatehouse, low level displays, film subtitles, induction loop (admission reception and tearoom)
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-Sep and BHs, see website for details; Oct, daily 10-5; Nov-23 Dec and 2 Jan-18 Feb, Sat-Sun 10-4; 27 Dec-1 Jan, daily 10-4; 19-25 Feb, daily 10-4; 26 Feb-29 Mar, Wed-Sun 10-4 (last admission 30 minutes before close, tear
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About the area
The sparkle of sunlight on a gentle river as it meanders through beautiful countryside; the reflections of sailing boats on a lake; relaxing with a pint in the garden of an old English pub in a picturesque village; brightly coloured narrow boats making their way through a flight of lock gates; the imposing silhouette of an historic castle. These are the scenes that make Warwickshire a delight.
There may be few seriously high hills in this fertile plain, but it is an area full of attractive walking in rolling countryside, blessed with a fascinating history and wonderful places and buildings to visit. This is Shakespeare’s county, and the footprint of the famous Bard appears almost everywhere. He was born and brought up around the beautiful Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and many of his plays draw upon his own experiences in the area.
Warwickshire has a history that embraces the Civil War, castles and large country houses are scattered over the county. Warwick Castle is the home of the Earl of Warwick, Kenilworth Castle was a stronghold for lords and kings of England in the 11th and 12th centuries, and so the list goes on.
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