Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden Facilities

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    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 Kenilworth 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.

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    Food and Drink

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    The Stables Tearoom 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 (11am - 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.

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    Picnic Area

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    There are benches situated at the picnic area outside the tearoom. There are also large grassed areas around the site that are ideal for picnics.

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    Shop

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

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    Toilets

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

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    Dogs

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

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    Exhibition

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    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.

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    Gardens

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    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.

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    Audio Tours

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

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    Family Friendly

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    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 tearoom.

    Pushchairs Allowed

    Yes, limited access to Leicesters Gatehouse.

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    Education

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    Family Learning

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

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    Please be aware

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    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.

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    International

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    Foreign Language Audio Tours

    French and German.

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    Venue Hire

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    Available for Event Hire

    Yes.

    Civil Weddings

    Yes.

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    Commercial Photography and Filming

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    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.

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Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

Address
Castle Green, Off Castle Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1NE
Telephone
01926 852078
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