Help us improve our website and you could win an English Heritage membership Complete the survey to win! Dismiss

Facilities at Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden

Parking

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). Alternatively, as the car park can get quite busy on bank holidays, we offer a free shuttle bus from the 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.

Food and 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 phone the site to book.

Kids' lunchbox and children's portions available.

See our Food and Drink page for more details of what we have to offer.

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

Shop sells an extensive range of heritage gifts and souvenirs, including armour, swords, books, jams, alcohol, kids toys and tapestries.

Toilets

Unisex toilet located in Leicester's Gatehouse with baby changing facilities. Disabled toilet is located at Leicester's Gatehouse.

Dogs

Allowed in grounds on lead only. Assistance dogs welcome throughout the site.

Exhibition

An exhibition detailing the history of the castle can be found in the stables, next to the tearoom.

Leicester’s Gatehouse is displayed with the chambers on its lower floors re-created as they might have appeared when the gatehouse was last inhabited in the 1930s.

There is an additional display on the top floor of Leicester's Gatehouse titled ‘The Queen and the Castle: Robert Dudley’s Kenilworth’. Featuring items both from museums and private collections, this exhibition tells the story of Elizabeth I’s relationship with Dudley and her four visits to Kenilworth.

Gardens

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, created a special, fabulous garden for Queen Elizabeth I in 1575.

This garden, lost for centuries, has been brought back to life by a pioneering team of historians, archaeologists, plantsmen and plantswomen, designers, craftspeople and gardeners. Featuring a fountain and aviary, it presents the most complete evocation of an Elizabethan garden anywhere in the world. 

Large grassed areas surround the castle. There is plenty of room for children to run around, but kites not allowed due to large trees.

Audio Tours

Audio Tour Availability
Audio tours included in the price available from the visitors centre (English, French, German and a children's version), except Bank Holiday weekends.

Family Friendly

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
Highchairs
Three highchairs available in the Tea Room.
Pushchairs Allowed
Yes, limited access to Leicesters Gatehouse.

Education

Family Learning
Various Family learning activities including dressing-up clothes in the Stables exhibition. Please see the Events page for more details.

Please be aware

Some traffic may need access to Leicester's Gatehouse for weddings on Friday/Saturday.

A high area in the Castle Strong Tower may be closed in high winds.

International

Foreign Language Audio Tours
French and German.

Venue Hire

Available for Event Hire
Yes.
Civil Weddings
Yes.

Commercial Photography and Filming

English Heritage welcomes all photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures with us on Flickr and Facebook.

We do have some restrictions at certain locations, so if photography is your main reason for visiting, please call the site ahead of your visit to check if any parts of the site are restricted.

We are keen to promote the use of our sites to location managers. If you are interested please go to (Filming Locations) for more information and contacts.

Contact

Site Telephone
01926 852078
Customer Services
0870 333 1181
Tourist Information
Kenilworth: 01926 748900
Address
Castle Green, Off Castle Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire - CV8 1NE
View Location Map

GUIDEBOOKS AVAILABLE

A guide book is available for this property.