Group Visits to Kenilworth Castle
We are now open to bookings from the Travel Trade at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens. Pre-booking is now essential to limit visitor numbers and ensure effective social distancing. Please don't travel to our sites unless you have pre-booked as we won't be able to let you in without your booking confirmation.
We provide great value with a 15% discount for groups of 11 or more visitors paying together. We also offer free entry for coach drivers and tour leaders.
There is no limit on the maximum group size. Please note that all groups must separate in to their household/support bubble or party of 6 on arrival and for the duration of their visit. Social distancing rules apply to anyone not in your household/support bubble.
Average length of visit - 2 hours
To book your visit email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Name of property
- Date of visit
- Time of visit
- Group name
- Number of visitors
- Number of leaders/drivers
- Method of transport
Please include the name of the property and date of visit in the subject line.
Test and trace
English Heritage is legally required to request and record the contact details of customers and visitors aged 16 years and over. If you are able to confirm you have your own contact collection system for every individual (including staff) aged 16 years and over ahead of your arrival your group will be able to bypass the check-in step on arrival outlined here. Otherwise any members of a group aged 16 years and over will be required to check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time.
Any group members who do not have the NHS Test and Trace app must be recorded by you as an attendee on your visit. These records (date, time of arrival, name, contact number or email or address if they don’t have a number) must be stored by you for 21 days, and must be made available to NHS Test and Trace if requested. We may ask you to verify that you have such a system in place, e.g. we may request your company policy or risk assessment.
By confirming your booking you are acknowledging that your group will either use the NHS QR code posters on arrival, or will use your own contact collection system.
For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.
Free parking for up to six coaches, 300 metres from the entrance.
Please note we currently have limited ability to offer exclusive guided tours at our properties and cannot always guarantee availability at the point of booking. Group-led guiding is permitted in external spaces only at our properties.
From Fortress to Palace
This tour takes you into the castle ruins, where you will learn about the history and the development of the castle from a medieval fortress to a Tudor palace, starting at the 12th-century Norman Keep and finishing with the story of the slighting of the castle in 1650.
Duration: Around 45 minutes.
Group size: Minimum of 12, maximum of 30 people per tour with one guide.
Advance booking required: Yes, minimum of two weeks.
Call for prices and to book: 01926 857482
Elizabethan Garden Tour
A Kenilworth Castle team member will lead the group through the Norman Keep and into the newly recreated Elizabethan Garden, just as Queen Elizabeth I would have entered her private garden erected in 1575 by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Our guide will explain the inspiration behind this unique project and the recreation of the 16th-century fountain, aviary and four obelisks, as well as the search for Tudor plants, flowers and birds. This tour will also shed light on the love story between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley and her spectacular 19 day visit to Kenilworth Castle, in which Robert would attempt to win his Queen's heart forever!
Duration: Around 45 minutes
Group size: Minimum of 12, maximum of 30 people per tour
Advance booking required: Yes, minimum of two weeks
Call for prices and to book: 01926 857482
Our knowledgeable staff can lead guided tours on a range of subjects, so if your group has a special interest do get in touch. Subjects that have featured in the past include the 1266 siege of Kenilworth Castle, John of Gaunt, Elizabeth I and the Civil War.
Large parts of the site are accessible for disabled visitors and we can alter tours to suit the needs of most visitors. Please notify us in advance if you have any special requirements.
Pre-booked groups can book a lunch or cream tea in the Kenilworth Castle tearoom, located in the Tudor stables. If you book in advance we can ensure your refreshments are waiting for you once your tour has finished. Subject to availability.
- Site telephone (general enquiries): 01926 852078
- Bookings team: Bookings@english-heritage.org.uk
- Local tourist information: 01926 748900 (Kenilworth)
- Address: Castle Green, Off Castle Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1NE