Located in beautiful Warwickshire, Kenilworth is a unique and historic destination for a short break or visit. Although not an obvious tourist spot, this hidden gem has much to offer to adventurous visitors. Just a few miles from Warwick and Coventry, it is very easy to reach and makes for a wonderful scenic break.
The most well-known local attraction is the ruin of Kenilworth Castle. This impressive structure dates from Norman and Tudor times and is famous for its beauty, scale, and its important historic role. It was used as a base by the Lancastrians during the War of the Roses and was the scene of a reception for Queen Elizabeth I.
Today it is open to the public and makes for a truly fascinating day out. Be sure to pay it a visit if you’re staying in the area. Close to the castle you will find Little Virginia, a small hamlet. Sir Walter Raleigh is said to have planted the first potatoes brought to England here.
Another must visit location for history enthusiasts is the attractive red sandstone form of St Nicholas’ Church, which has been visited by many monarchs throughout the ages. In the grounds of the church you will find the ruins of medieval St Mary’s Abbey.
There are four nature reserves in Kenilworth including the tranquil Parliament Piece, the ancient Crackley Wood, the open heathland of Kenilworth Common and the pretty Knowle Hill, an important butterfly habitat. All of these areas are great for long, peaceful and scenic strolls.
Take a walk up High Street and Bridge Street to see a selection of lovely listed buildings and to relax in one of the many charming pubs and cafes that line the streets. There are also many quirky specialist shops and galleries where you can pick up a souvenir or two of your time in Kenilworth.