For more than 400 years, the magnificent Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth Castle was lost to the world.
In May 2009 it was re-created for all to enjoy once more, and it is now an established feature of one of the greatest castle ruins in Britain. A must-see for all garden lovers, history enthusiasts and those that just enjoy a great day out.
Originally created for Queen Elizabeth I by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester at a time when he still hoped to marry her, this was a garden designed to seduce and beguile.
Using advances in garden archaeology, along with the survival of an extraordinary eye-witness description from 1575, it was possible to re-create the sights, sounds and scents that would have greeted Queen Elizabeth I when she first walked its paths.
Magnificent carved arbours; a bejewelled aviary; colourful abundant planting; perfume and fruits, and an 18-foot-high fountain carved from dazzling Carrara marble. These are just some of the glories that make this the most complete picture of an Elizabethan garden anywhere in the world.
The re-creation of the garden was part of a £3 million investment project designed to help you step back in time at Kenilworth Castle.
Find out more about the history of the castle and the Elizabethan Garden in this fascinating film by historian Dan Snow.