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Live and breathe the story of England at royal castles, historic gardens, forts & defences, world-famous prehistoric sites and many others.
Parking charges apply to non-members. Parking free for members. As the car park can get quite busy on large event days, 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.
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.
Dogs on lead allowed. Assistance dogs welcome.
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 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.
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.