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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. 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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  • A beautiful place. English Heritage have really thought out the visitor experience, building stairs into the ruins so you can experience an impression of what the rooms would have been like and the... 
    A beautiful place. English Heritage have really thought out the visitor experience, building stairs into the ruins so you can experience an impression of what the rooms would have been like and the...  more »
  • Lovely to walk around the grounds with new visitors. Great to be back again. Really enjoyed the fresh air, ambience and history. Great memories of growing up with family and friends with such an... 
    Lovely to walk around the grounds with new visitors. Great to be back again. Really enjoyed the fresh air, ambience and history. Great memories of growing up with family and friends with such an...  more »
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  • Marvellously medieval day out. We visited during a reenactment weekend and were thoroughly educated and entertained. Good parking (free to English Heritage) which is close to the castle. Staff were all friendly and knowledgeable. We had a good wander around the ruins, grabbed a coffee and thoroughly enjoyed the shows. There are plenty of grounds to walk around, you can also climb up the keep or sit in the stable cafe for a sandwich and drink.
  • An amazing experience. Another English Heritage site that delivers beautifully. If not a member please make sure you look it up. There was a medieval festival at the time we visited with over 350 people putting on a grandiose event. There were so many new things to learn about the old days. Embroidery, cooking, hunting, medicine, archery, forging and many many more. Re-enactment of battles, court jester having a fire show, medieval music etc. And if this was not enough you can visit the keep, the gardens and the gatehouse, all beautifully presented. There is a tea room with little choice of food, but of course you can bring your own picnic. Toilets were sufficient for the amount of people on site and they were very clean. Definitely 100% recommended

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