Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

Kenilworth Castle is now open to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. Tickets are available to book now. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. There will be other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

Welcome to Kenilworth Castle

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Click here to book your visit.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Kenilworth Castle - the castle, including the Great Hall, will be open but a one-way system will be in place to ensure everyone's safety. The towers will remain closed.
  • Gardens - Our grounds and Elizabethan gardens are open.
  • Gatehouse and Stable Exhibition – The Gatehouse and Stable Exhibition will be closed.
  • Summer Explorer Quest - This summer, from 18 July, take your family on a free fun explorer quest with a historical twist. Download your trail map here and learn more below.
  • Cafe - The cafe at Kenilworth Castle will be open for takeaway light refreshments with a new one-way system in place.
  • Our café is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Find out more here.
  • Shop - The shop will be open from 1 July offering a range of gifts and souvenirs. There will be a one-way system in place and we encourage contactless payment. You can also visit our online shop.
  • Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available across the site.
  • Audio Guide - You can enjoy an audio-tour at Kenilworth Castle using your own device. Simply download the Guide ID Podcatcher App from the Google Play Store or App Store. Once downloaded search for Kenilworth Castle and use the password EHKenilworth.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn in Kenilworth Castle's indoor shop, café and all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
Book your visit

Summer Explorer Quest

This summer, from 18 July, take your family on a free fun adventure with a historical twist. Follow the trail around the castle and track down the clues - crack them all to claim your adventurer's certificate. Kick-off your quest at Kenilworth Castle every day of the school holidays. Standard admission applies.

Download your trail map

What's On

Guidebook: Kenilworth Castle

Price: £5.50

 Kenilworth Timeline

1120De Clinton's Castle

Henry I grants land to his chamberlain, Geoffrey de Clinton. De Clinton builds most of the Norman keep and founds the nearby priory.

Find out more about the history of Kenilworth Castle

1173-1180sRoyal Acquisition

Henry II garrisons the castle and later acquires it outright from de Clinton's heir.

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