Kenilworth is one of England’s most magnificent castles. First built in the 1120s and a royal castle for most of its history, it was expanded by King John, John of Gaunt and Henry V.
In 1563 Elizabeth I granted it to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who converted Kenilworth into a lavish palace. The castle’s fortifications were dismantled in 1650, and the ruins later became famous thanks in part to Walter Scott’s 1821 romance Kenilworth.
Warwick or Coventry 5 miles
In Kenilworth off A46. Clearly signposted from the town centre, off B4103
Johnsons of Henley 539 passes the castle site; Travel West Midlands 11 & 11X; Stagecoach U12 all serve Kenilworth from surrounding area
A car parking charge applies to ensure that English Heritage members and paying visitors have priority. The charge will be refunded on admission, except on Bank Holiday weekends and at selected special events. On Bank Holiday weekends the charge is £2 for the whole day (for members and non-members). Alternatively, as the car park can get quite busy on bank holidays, 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.
Access information is available from the English Heritage website here.
Screenings will still go ahead in inclement weather conditions and are never cancelled more than 12 hours ahead of the screening time as the weather can change rapidly.
We advise customers to bring waterproofs if needed and dress for the Great British Summer! For more information please see our FAQs page.
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