Kenilworth Castle | Day Out With The Kids

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Kenilworth Castle

5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)
  • Kenilworth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Castles and Palaces

Attraction Currently Closed

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, all pay-for-entry English Heritage sites will be closed to the public from the end of Wednesday 18th March until 1st May. Some sites may re-open early. Free-to-enter sites will remain open to visitors. We'll keep this updated with news of opening/closure changes, but always recommend to check before you travel.

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Attraction Information

The vast medieval fortress of Kenilworth Castle is one of the largest historic visitor attractions in the West Midlands, and one of the most spectacular castle ruins in England. A brilliant day out for the whole family, set in vast grounds perfect for exploring with the castle as dramatic backdrop.

Keniworth Castle has been at the centre of England's affairs for over 900 years, from medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace. Today, you can marvel at the mighty Norman keep, explore the exhibition at the Gatehouse, climb the tower built to woo Queen Elizabeth, and imagine the majesty of the medieval monarch and early Tudor kings in the Great Hall!

All families can use the children's audio tours, which are included in the admission price. There's also the Step Inside Activity Pack, with puzzles and activities for children to complete as they explore the castle.

The newly recreated Elizabethan Garden, lost for 400 years, is now open to visitors once more. A paradise for garden lovers, wander through this sumptuous landscape as Queen Elizabeth I would have done herself. Cool!

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Opening hours

1st April - 30th September
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1st - 31st October
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

1st November - 23rd December
Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

27th December - 31st December
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

1st January - 18th February
Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

19th -25th February
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

26th February - 29th March
Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Last Entry

30 minutes before attraction closes


General Admission
Adults from £11.30
Kids (5-15) from £6.80
Concessions from £10.20
Family (2 adults, 3 kids) from £29.40

Travel & Contact Information


Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Castle Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1NE, England

Phone number

0370 333 1181



Click here to visit Kenilworth Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Bank Holidays: £2.00

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Kenilworth Castle has not told us if they are fully wheelchair friendly.

Upper floors mainly reached by spiral staircases.

Kenilworth Castle has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Dogs are welcome on the grounds. Assistance/Guide Dogs welcome throughout the site. 


Beautiful wintery trip 5 out of 5 stars

We visited last December (my two year old, my husband and I) between Christmas and New Years on a cold, sunny day and it was brilliant. If you don't know anything about the castle it's worth noting that it's not a full castle like Warwick Castle, but several partial buildings, ruins, a Tudor garden and bird cage with only the old gatehouse surviving. But a perfect blend of something picturesque and fun to explore / run around for the toddler! We had a nice lunch in the converted stables and bought some traditional sloe gin from the shop on the way out :) Will definitely visit again


A lovely castle for little castle lovers 4 out of 5 stars

We regularly nip over to Kenilworth as we live in Leamington so it isn't far for us. The castle offers a lovely afternoon walk. The facilities and grounds are always immaculately kept and there are often re-enactments and activities during the day for the kids. I would say that access can be an issue, we took my elderly grand mother and by nature of the castle, it was really heavy going for her. But thankfully there is a nice pub over the road where she could rest her legs!

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