Kenilworth Travel Guide

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     A really picturesque place. 

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     None that I can think of... 

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     Motto: Citizens are the foundations of a town 

Kenilworth Things to Do

  • Kenilworth Castle

    If you are anywhere in the nearby area you really should visit Kenilworth castle. It is an excellent example of a classic English castle, developed and expanded from its original Norman 'motte and bailey' roots by such illustrious owners as John of Gaunt and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Dudley made it particularly special...somewhere for his...

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  • Lest We Forget

    War Memorial The Kenilworth memorial was dedicated in February 1922 and consists of 138 men and 1 woman who died as a result of the First World War. In 1952 further bronze plaques were added for the 68 men and women who died as a result of the Second World War. A Korean War fatality was also added in 1952. The inscription facing the road states;”In...

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  • Kenilworth Castle II - Things to do

    A typical visit to Kenilworth Castle starts with the former stables building which now houses a cafe and an exhibition about the history of the castle. Close by is the former gate house which has been turned into a museum that focuses on the relationship of Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester who owned the castle at that...

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  • Kenilworth Castle I - Facts

    Kenilworth Castle was built in 1124 by Geoffrey de Clinton who was the sheriff of Warwickshire at that time. As so often, the castle was a result of power games: King Henry I didn't want the already powerful Earl of Warwickshire to gain more influence, so he supported the sheriff of Warwickshire instead by donating him vast grounds in the...

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  • Abbey Fields

    The Abbey Fields Park is situated right in the heart of Old Kenilworth. The park covers 68 acres and includes the remains of the Abbey of St Mary the Virgin as well as a small lake known as the Abbey pond. It is a great place to spend an hour or so walking or just sitting somewhere watching the world go by.

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  • High Street

    The High Street of Kenilworth is referd to as the Old town. High street and Bridge St form the east and north sides of Abbey fields and numerous examples of lovely listed buildings can be found here in excellent condition. we had a lovely walk around after visiting the castle and i'm only sorry that we could not spend more time in this lovely...

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  • The Abbey Barn

    This great building is known as the Abbey Barn but although it was a part of the Abbey it's actual usage is unknown.

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  • Abbey of St Mary the Virgin

    The ruins of the Abbey of St Mary the Virgin lie in the 68 acre park called The Abbey Fields. They are close to the Carpark (which is free) and to the Parish Church of St Nicholas.The abbey was founded by Geoffrey de Clinton in 1119 as a augustine priory. It was raised to Abbey status in 1447 by King Henry VI and King Henry VII attended Whitsuntide...

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  • Kenilworth Castle

    Kenilworth Castle is well worth a visit, it was once the power base for probably the most influential baron in England Simon de Montfort, a first generation English man of Norman aristocracy, his statue outside the Palace of Westminster pays tribute to the crucial role he played in parliamentory history.Kenilworth is noe one of the largest ruins in...

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  • St Nicholas Church

    St Nicholas’ Church is situated in High Street, and looks out over Abbey Fields. The exact date of its founding isn’t known, but by 1291 it was in the patronage of the Priory of Kenilworth.

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  • Stroll around the village

    We took a stroll around the streets of Kenilworth and were delighted to see some fabulous looking houses, quaint thatched cottages and some very grand residences indeed. Many of these great buildings are listed and are in excellent condition.

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  • The Abbey Pond

    The Abbey pond is situated between the Abbey Fields and the Castle. The present pool in Abbey Fields gives an idea of a medieval water feature. There is a lovely path which hugs the perimiter of the pond if you fancy a stroll or it's an ideal place for a picnic on a summers day. It's also a great are for watching wildlife too.

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  • Abbey Fields

    The Abbey fields are a delightful green area surrounding the area where the Abbey once stood. Remains of which can still be seen. Here you'll find a childrens play area, tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool. We parked at the Abbey fields car park from here you can take a 10 minute picturesque stroll through the park to Kenilworth Castle.

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  • The Abbey Gatehouse

    The Abbey of St Mary was founded for Augustian canons in around 1124 and closed by King Henry VIII in 1538. By 1600 mosst of the buildings had been dismantled. Today some impressive ruins of the gatehouse remain with lovely red sandstone arches and some wonderful hexagonal brickwork can be seen nearby in the cemetary.

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  • A Castle fit for a Queen

    Kenilworth Castle is a great Castle which served as a Royal Residence for almost five Centuries. The 16th Century stable building is a good place to start, it houses an exhibition and a cafe. Leicesters gatehouse is a grand building which dates from 1570. It was modified as a house after the Civil War of the1640's. A number of the rooms are...

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  • Kenilworth Hike

    I did a ten mile hike, starting from Kenilworth and looping back around to the castle. The countryside is absolutely beautiful in this region. I give a lot more detail and posted photos on my travel blog at:http://adams-travel-blog.blogspot.com/2009/07/kenilworth-castle-midlands-hike.htmlIt is really a nice area, a good day trip from London. Either...

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  • Kenilworth Castle

    I would prefer to rate the castle a 3.5 out of 5. It really is an interesting historical site. It doesn't really look like the typical English castle, or what I would imagine one to look like, due to the red sandstone used to build it. The guide recommends spending 2.5 hours at the castle, but I think it could be done in an hour. I posted some...

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  • Old Kennilworth

    Kenilworth is quite a small little town but it punches far above its' weight when it comes to English History. Scott may have glamourised the place in his novel of 1822, but it crops up in regular intervals throughout any history textbook of England (except for ones used in schools that seem to be obsessed by Roman plumbing and the conditions of...

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Kenilworth Hotels

Kenilworth Restaurants

  • Beefeater

    Family orientated restaurant that operates under the Beefeater chain belonging to the Premier Inn Stable. The George in the Tree is a restaurant that specialises in chargrilling and is the ideal place for a steak.email georgeinthetree.berkswell@whitbread.com Sunday to Thursday: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pmFriday and Saturday: 12:00 pm to 11:00 pmSeptember...

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  • Lots of Nice Coffee Shops

    Kenilworth has lots of lovely looking Cafe's and Coffee shops - ideal after a tiring day looking around the Castle.

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  • Add a Touch of Thai

    This small cafe is in a secluded courtyard in Kenilworth. It specialises in morning coffees and afternoon teas served with homemade cakes. Light meals are available at lunchtime which also includes a Thai option. Cake Kingdom can also provide cakes for special occasions and arranges Thai themed evenings.

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Kenilworth Nightlife

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    by Myfanwe Written May 13, 2010

    After a long day looking around the Abbey, Castle and exploring the streets of Kenilworth, we decided to stop off for a drink at this lovely pub. It is situated on the Main Road which runs through Kenilworth, right opposite the Castle. We were lucky enough to visit on a lovely sunny day & sat outside on one of the tables in the garden. Even though we didn't eat here, we had a peek at the menu which looked very good indeed.

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Kenilworth Local Customs

  • July – Kenilworth Carnival

    The procession, headed by the Carnival Queen boasts floats from town schools, sports groups, charities, pubs and theatres and sets off from the castle on its traditional route through the streets. There is plenty of fun and games waiting at the end of the route in Abbey Fields. Charity and craft stalls vie for business while in the main ring, dance...

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  • June - Kenilworth Show

    The event is now the most prestigious country event in Warwickshire and includes attractions like racing terriers, modern and vintage farming machinery displays, along with horse, cattle and sheep competitions. There is also plenty of children’s activities to enjoy along with a host of trade stands and food and drink outlets.A free bus service is...

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  • June – Lions Grand Show

    The Kenilworth Lions Grand Show, the annual event to raise money for charity this year took place on Saturday June 11. This year the highlight of the show was a swordfight by The Knights of Middle England.Other attractions included a contemporary art exhibition by BRINK, zumba dancing, flyball (dog agility), Spa Brass, Clinton Steel PanAcademy,...

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Kenilworth Off The Beaten Path

Kenilworth Favorites

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    by grayfo Written Jul 17, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Almost 40 events over a three-day period organised by the Rotary Club of Kenilworth, with the main event being the Festival of Music in the Castle. This year (2008) the festival is held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (18-20 July). On each evening there is an open-air concert in Kenilworth Castle (courtesy of English Heritage) with a 45 piece professional orchestra and soloists. The Castle is open from 5.30pm for picnics and free wine tasting, provided by Sainsburys, with the concerts commencing at 7.00pm.

    Other events planned are an Art Show, Battle of the Bands, Old Time Music Hall, Face Painting, Pig Roast, a Sedan Chair Race and various other events.

    The Festival will continue as an Annual Event.

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