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Tickets to Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

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  • Tracing its origins to the early days of the Norman conquest and a chamberlain of King Henry I in the early 12th century, Kenilworth Castle is steeped in history.
  • The castle is known to have survived the longest siege in English history when Edward I's forces threw themselves at the battlements for six whole months.
  • It is also famous for the 19-day festivity in 1575, where Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, entertained Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Tudor kings, past the massive red sandstone Norman keep and medieval great hall range.
  • See the tower that the earl built to woo the queen and step onto the viewing platforms to get a 'queen's eye view.'
  • The Elizabethan garden has been recreated and offers a colorful depiction of the couple's romance, thanks to its dazzling 5.5-meter (18 foot) high marble fountain as well as the bejeweled aviary.
  • Check out the onsite exhibition celebrating the life and achievements of Sir John Davenport Siddeley, the car and aviation pioneer who bought the castle in his retirement.
  • Explore Queen Elizabeth I's private rooms that are furnished as they were in the 1930s when the last caretaker moved out.


  • Entrance ticket to Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden
  • Note: On closed dates, this site may still be open, please check English Heritage directly for more information.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
LondonKenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

Kenilworth Castle | England’s largest castle ruin

From kings and queens to aviation engineers, Kenilworth Castle has changed quite a lot of hands. Located in the town of Kenilworth in Warwickshire, England, the castle provides a tangible connection to different periods of England's past. From the Norman conquest, to the Tudors to Queen Elizabethan, this castle is steeped in stories.

Things to know before booking your tickets to Kenilworth Castle

  • Accessibility: Kenilworth Castle is accessible to people with reduced mobility. For additional information about accessibility at Kenilworth Castle, please refer to your tickets. 
  • Book your tickets in advance: Kenilworth Castle is a popular attraction in the UK. It is a good idea to book your tickets in advance since this will help you save time on the day of your visit, and even help you plan your visit to the attraction. 

Why visit Kenilworth Castle?

Aerial view of Kenilworth Castle
  • A treasure trove of history: Kenilworth Castle has a rich history spanning several centuries, from its medieval origins to its role in the Elizabethan era. Exploring the castle allows you to step back in time and witness the evolution of this historic site.
  • An intriguing connection to Queen Elizabeth I: The castle is famously associated with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and his efforts to impress Queen Elizabeth I. The elaborate festivities and events held at the castle during the queen's visits in the 16th century make it a unique and intriguing historical site. 
  • An architectural marvel: The castle is an amalgamation of different architectural styles, including medieval fortifications and Elizabethan additions. Visitors can explore the ruins of the Great Hall, Leicester's Gatehouse, the Keep, and other structures. 
  • A great family outing: A great family outing: With its open spaces, historical significance, and beautiful Elizabethan gardens, Kenilworth Castle is the ideal attraction for a fun family outing. 

Explore Kenilworth Castle

Elizabethan Garden
Mortimer’s Tower
Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth Castle
Mortimer’s Tower at Kenilworth Castle

The Mortimer’s Tower was the main medieval entrance to Kenilworth Castle. It was built as a ring of stone defenses for the protection of the castle. 

What to do at Kenilworth Castle?

  • Tower views: The Tower was built by the Earl of Leicester to court Queen Elizabeth I. Stand at the floor level in the Queen’s private rooms and enjoy the same tower views that she enjoyed for the first time in 350 years.
  • Leicester’s Gatehouse: Visit the fascinating exhibition at Leceister’s Gatehouse that tells the story of the famous royal romance between Roberty Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, and Queen Elizabeth I. At the exhibition, you can also see the love letters from the Earl that the Queen kept in a casket beside her bed.
  • Tudor Stables: The Tudor Stables at the Kenilworth Castle are home to an interactive exhibition with family-friendly displays. These exhibits bring the 900-year-old history of the majestic Kenilworth Castle to life and give you a glimpse into castle life during its heyday. 
  • Castle Keep: Originally built in the 12th century, the Castle Keep was the heart of castle life for more than 500 years. The Keep was three stories high and had 14-foot wide walls. These features of the Castle Keep can still be seen today. 
  • Great Hall: Built to reinforce the power and wealth of Kenilworth, the Great Hall was one of the finest of its kind, and was at the cutting edge of architectural design from the 14th century. The Hall hosted medieval monarchs and Tudor Kings and was an integral part of Kenilworth Castle.
  • ‘Speed and Power’ exhibition: Opened in May 2017, the ‘Speed and Power’ exhibition at Kenilworth Castle showcases Armstrong Siddeley’s collection of glamorous motor cars and airplanes. The exhibition also shows how the castle gatehouse was transformed into the company’s drawing room after the bombing of the factory in the Coventry Blitz. 

Plan your visit to Kenilworth Castle

Timings for Kenilworth Castle
Weather in London
  • Carry a light sweater and an umbrella since the British weather is very unpredictable.
  • Make it a point to check the weather on the day of your visit to Kenilworth Castle. 
  • Pushchairs are permitted at Kenilworth Castle. 
  • Dogs are also permitted to enter Kenilworth Castle, but you have to ensure that they are on a leash. 
Pub in London
  • The Queen & Castle: The Queen & Castle pub, which is located 240m from Kenilworth Castle, offers a selection of pub-style food and ales. The restaurant provides a pleasant view of the castle as well. 
  • The Almanack: Located 1.2 km from Kenilworth Castle, the Almanack is a contemporary gastropub with a  diverse menu that includes classic British dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.
  • The Cross at Kenilworth: 1 km from Kenilworth Castle, The Cross is a fine dining restaurant with a modern British menu. The restaurant is known for its upscale atmosphere and creative cuisine.
  •  The Virgins & Castle: Located 800m from Kenilworth Castle, The Virgins & Castle is a  historic pub with a cozy atmosphere that offers traditional pub fare and a selection of drinks.

Colosseum - stay

Budget: Premier Inn Coventry South (7.9 km),  Premier Inn Warwick Hotel (9.8 km), Britannia Hotel (10.3 km). 

Mid-range: Abbeyfields Hotel (800m), Holiday Inn Kenilworth (1.2 km), Nailcote Hall Hotel (6.1 km). 

Luxury: Chesford Grange Hotel (4.9 km), Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa (12.5 km), Ardencote (15.7 km). 

Beyond Kenilworth Castle

Stoneleigh Abbey
Warwick Castle
Coventry Cathedral

Frequently asked questions about Kenilworth Castle tickets

How much is a ticket to Kenilworth Castle?

A Kenilworth Castle ticket will cost you around £12.7. 

How to book tickets to Kenilworth Castle?

You can book tickets for Kenilworth Castle either online or offline. The best way to book tickets is online since it is cheaper and convenient. 

Why should I book Kenilworth Castle tickets online?
  • Convenience: You can book online tickets from anywhere and at any time. You can also choose the time and day that works best for you. 
  • Better rates: Ticket rates tend to be cheaper online than offline, so you will be able to enjoy significant cost savings. 
  • Guaranteed entry: Irrespective of the time, online tickets guarantee you entry to the attraction on the day of your visit. 
  • Cancellation: Online tickets can easily be canceled for a full refund. 
What do Kenilworth Castle tickets include?

Kenilworth Castle tickets include entry access to the castle on the day of your visit.

How do I access the Elizabethan Garden and Mortimer’s Tower?

Access to the Elizabethan Garden and Mortimer's Tower is included with your Kenilworth Castle tickets

What is the cancellation policy for Kenilworth Castle tickets?

You can cancel your Kenilworth Castle tickets 24 hours before the experience for a full refund. 

How long does it take to complete a tour of Kenilworth Castle?

You can easily spend 1 to 2 hours touring Kenilworth Castle.