Things to See and Do

Things to see and do

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.
  • Cafe - The cafe at Kenilworth Castle will be open for takeaway light refreshments with a new one-way system in place.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Tower views

For the first time in 350 years you can explore the full height of the tower built by Leicester to court Elizabeth I. Stand at floor level in the queen's private rooms and soak up the same spectacular views that she enjoyed.

Experience a whole new perspective on what was one of Elizabethan England's finest buildings. Our staircases and platforms take you 18 metres up into the tower, to the level of the fireplaces and windows built specially for the royal visit.

Glimpse the queen's private staircase, and the long gallery where she could have private time with her most intimate friends. In 1575 these rooms were luxurious, elegant and flooded with light from enormous glass windows.

Aerial view of the beautiful Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth Castle

Elizabethan Garden

Walk in the footsteps of the great Tudor queen through the garden and imagine the opulence and splendour of Elizabethan Kenilworth.

Lost to the world for almost 400 years, this beautifully recreated Elizabethan Garden is a haven of peace and tranquillity, full of colour and fragrant walkways.

Approach through the loggia onto the terrace to start your tour, and for the best views over the garden and beyond. Then wander the pathways to discover the marble fountain, the ornate aviary and the Earl of Leicester's emblem of the bear and ragged staff.

Leicester's Gatehouse

Visit the fascinating exhibition about the famous royal romance between the queen and her ambitious courtier, Robert Dudley.

Built in the 1570s, the imposing castle entrance was transformed into a private house after 1650. Today you can see how it looked when the last caretaker left in the late 1930s.

Explore the Elizabethan bedroom and Oak Room which contains a beautifully ornate alabaster fireplace which once stood in Elizabeth I's private rooms. The Dining Room and Oak Room are also available for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

A Castle and its People

Have fun with the family-friendly displays in our interactive exhibition bringing Kenilworth's past to life. Housed in the magnificent Tudor stables, see how the castle has changed throughout its 900-year history, and what it looked like in its heyday.

Children can get hands-on with history as they try on our dressing up clothes. Then see, and touch, the mighty trebuchet balls which were hurled at Kenilworth Castle 800 years ago and have remained here ever since.

Castle Keep

Admire the mighty keep - the heart of castle life for 500 years. The Norman keep was a defensive powerhouse, built three stories high with walls 14 feet wide. It is still a dominant feature of the castle today.

Originally built in the 12th century, it was strengthened by King John a century later, and modified for entertaining by Robert Dudley in 1570.

Great Hall

John of Gaunt's Great Hall was one of the finest of its kind and at the cutting edge of 14th century architectural design.

Built to reinforce Kenilworth's position of power and wealth it played host to medieval monarchs and Tudor kings.

If you want to explore more, why not take a walk round the outside of the castle walls and admire its imposing exterior. Go back through Mortimer's Tower where you entered the castle grounds and take the path either to the left or the right.

Stables Tearoom

Unwind with a visit to the Stables Tearoom.

You will find the tearoom within the magnificent Tudor timber-framed stables building. It offers a delicious selection of cakes and light lunches, made from seasonal ingredients and sourced from local suppliers.

Children's meals are also available.

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