One of Britain's best-preserved medieval landmarks, Kenilworth Castle is a sight to behold at any time of year, and is the perfect day out for families, couples and groups of friends alike. It’s within driving distance of several hotels catering to all budgets, and has good transport links to the rest of the country via nearby Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa railway stations, and the M40.
A Castle with Plenty of History
Originally a medieval fortress, Kenilworth Castle was transformed into a majestic palace by the Elizabethan period, although it was originally an important military defence, subject to numerous attacks during the notorious Siege of Kenilworth in 1266. It opened to visitors by the late Georgian period, and has been carefully managed by English Heritage since the 1980s.
What to See and Do
Take a relaxing stroll around the enchanting Elizabethan Gardens, explore the fascinating Leicester's Gatehouse and see the beautifully restored Great Hall that has hosted many monarchs over the years. Enjoy afternoon tea and cakes at the Stables Tearoom, buy some souvenirs at the charming gift shop, and don't forget to visit the large Castle Keep that was used for entertaining royalty as far back as the 16th Century.
Special Events All Year Round
The castle organises many fantastic events throughout the year, from a special Easter Adventure Quest, to a children-themed Knights and Princess Academy and a Photography Workshop.
If you're looking to base yourself in a hotel that's also full of rustic historic charm, consider the deluxe four star Woodland Grange near the outskirts of Royal Leamington Spa, which provides spacious, immaculately presented accommodation with free WiFi and luxury beds. For very affordable accommodation, you could book a room at the well-presented Holiday Inn Leamington Spa, or the value-for-money Days Inn Warwick North hotel at the Welcome Break Service Area.
The Ashorne Hill Conference Centre on the outskirts of Royal Leamington Spa is perfect for corporate travellers looking for first-class hospitality and premium business amenities with free WiFi. Another popular hotel in the vicinity is the charismatic Episode Hotel, which is also in Royal Leamington Spa and provides sophisticated, spacious rooms with free WiFi.