If you're staying in Warwickshire on your next cottage holiday, be sure to visit Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden. This magnificent castle is thought to be the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace in England, with its history dating back to the Norman invasion in the 11th century. Explore the spectacular ruins at your own leisure on a day trip to this fabulous English Heritage site. We've a handful of holiday cottages within a short drive of Kenilworth Castle, perfect for adding a dollop of history and heritage to your next Warwickshire cottage getaway.
Discover fantastic heritage on a cottage holiday near Kenilworth Castle!
At first a fortress, Kenilworth was transformed through the centuries by its various occupants. But none put such a distinctive stamp on the castle than Robert Dudley, who, in 1575, created an ornate palace out of Kenilworth to impress his eminent love interest, Queen Elizabeth I, adding private chambers for the queen including a withdrawing chamber, bedroom and her very own dancing chamber!And Dudley didn't stop there. The hopeless romantic went on to commission the Queen's very own Elizabethan gardens which, after 400 years of neglect, have been reopened in the grounds of Kenilworth Castle for the public to enjoy. Stride amongst the obelisks and spheres dotted throughout the gardens, and spend a soothing moment in one of the garden's perfumed arbours, taking in the fine views of the deer park below.
When you've uncovered the trove of history within the ruins of the castle, take the fifteen minute wall walk where youngsters can burn off some energy. Or, pack a lunch and head to one of the site's numerous picnicking spots; Kenilworth Castle is the ideal place for an open-air feast amid exquisite pastoral surroundings.
Opening times for Kenilworth CastleThere really is a lot to see and do at Kenilworth Castle, making it a must see attraction for those spending a cottage holiday in the Warwickshire. The site is open 7 days a week between 10am-5pm, so be sure to find the time during your holiday to visit the astonishing Kenilworth Castle.