Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden
One of England’s most magnificent castles The vast medieval fortress of Kenilworth Castle is one of the largest historic visitor attractions in the West Midlands and one of the most spectacular castle ruins in England. Set in vast grounds in Warwickshire, Kenilworth is the perfect place for the whole family to go exploring and play king of the castle.
Kenilworth is best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Once boasting the finest architecture in Elizabethan England, you can still imagine the ornate palace Dudley created for his Queen in Kenilworth’s magnificent ruins today.
The authentically recreated Elizabethan Garden, an exhibition dedicated to Elizabeth’s visits to Kenilworth, and the castle’s very own costumed Queen promenading the grounds at events throughout the year really bring this romantic royal story to life.
The castle ruins are the perfect place for the whole family to start their very own time-travelling adventure. Explore where kings and queens once danced and dined, climb the ramparts and imagine a castle under siege, and learn how a gift of tennis balls in the Great Hall led to the battle of Agincourt…
After a day of historic explorations the Stable Tearooms is just the spot to indulge in some tempting treats and plan your next epic adventure.
In Kenilworth off A46. Clearly signposted from the town centre, off B4103
A car parking charge applies to ensure that English Heritage members and paying visitors have priority. The charge will be refunded on admission, except on Bank Holiday weekends and at selected special events. On Bank Holiday weekends the charge is £2 for the whole day (for members and non-members)
Admission prices and opening hours
For full ticket information and opening hours visit Kenilworth Castle’s website
Conferences & meetings
A Centuries-old setting for your own love story Kenilworth Castle is available for Civil Wedding and Civil Partnership ceremonies, marquee receptions and private events between March and December.
If you yearn for a centuries-old setting for your own love story, then Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Gardens will be your ideal wedding day location.
With its Elizabethan gatehouse, pretty parterre garden and recreated Elizabethan Garden all exclusively yours, Kenilworth Castle will turn your special day into a truly unique and unforgettable occasion.
Picnic Area: There are benches situated at the picnic area outside the cafe. There are also large grassed areas around the site that are ideal for picnics.
Shop: Selling an extensive range of heritage gifts and souvenirs, including armour, swords, books, jams, alcohol, kids toys and tapestries.
Dogs: Allowed in grounds on lead only. Assistance dogs welcome throughout the site.
Audio Tours: Audio tours included in the price available from the visitors centre (English, French, German and a children’s version).
Toilets: Unisex toilet located in Leicester’s Gatehouse with baby changing facilities. Disabled toilet is located at Leicester’s Gatehouse.
Food & Drink
The Stables Tea Room offers a seasonal menu of daily specials together with home-baked cakes and Fair Trade tea and coffee. Our ingredients are locally sourced where possible. Ample seating.
The tearoom is open daily (10.30am – 4.30pm) from April to October. From November to March it is open Sat and Sun only (11m – 3pm). Groups by prior arrangement – please call the Castle to book group visits.
Kids lunchbox and portions available.