Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle

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Kenilworth Castle, in the town of Kenilworth in Warwickshire, England, was founded during the Norman conquest of England; with development through to the Tudor period. The first castle was established in the 1120s by the royal chamberlain, Geoffrey de Clinton, who built most of the Norman keep.

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle is a castle in the town of Kenilworth in Warwickshire, England which was founded during the Norman conquest of England.

A vast medieval fortress that endured a famous siege and later became an Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle is among Britain’s biggest historical sites. Experience 900 years of history as you can marvel at the mighty medieval keep, climb the towers to admire the fantastic views, and imagine the majesty of the Great Hall.

Highlights:

It is thought that a castle has stood at Kenilworth in Warwickshire, since Saxon times. The original structure was likely destroyed during the wars between the Saxon King Edmund and Canute, King of the Danes.

The castle was presented to Kenilworth in 1958, on the 400th anniversary of the accession of Elizabeth I to the throne. At the heart of the latest restoration project is a new exhibition that tells the story of one of England’s most famous love stories – between Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Robert Dudley. It includes Dudley’s last letter to Elizabeth, written six days before his death in 1588, which she is said to have kept in a casket beside her bed until she died in 1603. Living history events take place at Kenilworth Castle throughout the year.

Tower Views

For the first time in 350 years, one can explore the full height of the tower built by Leicester to court Elizabeth I. Also, one can stand at floor level in the queen's private rooms and soak up the same spectacular views that she enjoyed.

Glimpse through the queen's private staircase and the long gallery where she could have private time with her most intimate friends. In 1575 these rooms were luxurious, elegant, and flooded with light from enormous glass windows.

Elizabethan Garden

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.

Approach through the loggia onto the terrace to start your tour, and for the best views over the garden and beyond. Then wander the pathways to discover the marble fountain, the ornate aviary, and the Earl of Leicester's emblem of the bear and ragged staff.

Leicester's Gatehouse

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.

Explore the Elizabethan bedroom and Oak Room which contains a beautifully ornate alabaster fireplace that once stood in Elizabeth I's private rooms.

Castle And Its People

There are family-friendly displays in the interactive exhibition bringing Kenilworth's past to life. Housed in the magnificent Tudor stables, one can 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 dressing up in clothes. They can see, and touch, the mighty trebuchet balls which were hurled at Kenilworth Castle 800 years ago and have remained here ever since.

Castle Keep

The mighty keep, the heart of castle life for 500 years, was a defensive powerhouse, built three stories high with walls 14 feet wide. It is still a dominant feature of the castle today.

Great Hall

John of Gaunt's Great Hall was one of the finest of its kind and at the cutting edge of 14th-century architectural design.

Built to reinforce Kenilworth's position of power and wealth it played host to medieval monarchs and Tudor kings.

Stables Tearoom

The tearoom, within the magnificent Tudor timber-framed stables building, offers a delicious selection of cakes and light lunches, made from seasonal ingredients and sourced from local suppliers. Children's meals are also available.

It is a great place to visit as a part of English heritage. Not only are the grounds in remarkable condition, but there are lots of activities for the kids to explore.

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