Warwickshire CV8 1QG
Kenilworth is an ancient town in the Midlands, approximately 90 miles (140 km) northwest of London. It is sandwiched between Coventry in the north and Warwick to the south, just off the A46.
Royal Links - Queen Elizabeth 1 and Robert Dudley
This delightful old town is best known for its association with that famous Elizabethan courtier and favourite of Queen Elizabeth I
, Robert Dudley, the 1st
Earl of Leicester. The major attraction is his splendid Kenilworth Castle
& Elizabethan Garden.
Elizabeth and her Court made several visits to the Castle, one lasting 3 weeks! There was plenty of countryside in which to hunt and even today the old part of Kenilworth has retained its country atmosphere.
Kenilworth listed in Doomsday Book
Although the Doomsday Book records a settlement at Kenilworth
, the town did not start to flourish until 1124 when St Mary’s Abbey was founded and the castle built. The ruins of the abbey are in Abbey Fields Park
and the adjacent grounds of St Nicholas Church
Visit Castle Green and Surrounds
Most of the oldest existing buildings can be found on Castle Green
, New Row and on the High Street. Here are long established shops such as the Fieldgate Post Office/General Store, the Old Bakery and Beck’s Butchers.
An area known as ‘Little Virginia’ has thatched cottages – its name is said to have come from the fact that the first potatoes (brought back from the Americas by Sir Walter Raleigh) were planted here.
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation- Search & Book through Agoda here:
Tourist Information Centre
is located at Smalley Place in Kenilworth
’s Library. Call in here to book accommodation and pick up maps and guides, etc.
Kenilworth's Historic Nature
proximity to Coventry
, Birmingham and Royal Leamington Spa
is turning it into a commuter suburb with modern facilities but the quantity of ‘common land’ surrounding the old town and castle, and the peaceful river meadows, continues to safeguard Kenilworth’s
- By Car
Easy access from motorways – M1, M6, M40, M4. There is plenty of easy parking in Kenilworth, in the town centre, at Abbey Fields and the Castle.
- By Bus
Find useful information and plan your journey. Go to Web: Warwickshire Buses, Travel & Transport
Most bus routes into Kenilworth stop in the town centre.
- By Train
The nearest train stations are Coventry or Royal Leamington Spa. Unfortunately, although the main Virgin Trains London (Reading) to Coventry rail line passes through Kenilworth, the train does not stop. You will need to catch a bus or take a taxi to Kenilworth; there are generally always taxis available at both stations or take a bus from either Coventry or Warwick.
Google Map - Kenilworth Warwickshire