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Kenilworth - Connect Culture


The small rural town of Kenilworth is best known for the ruins of its castle, looming up impressively from lush surroundings. Built by the Normans, it was Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I, who created the castle into an ornate palace to wow his Queen in 1575. Not much is left of it, after Cromwell effectively destroyed the premises.
Nevertheless Kenilworth Castle, an English Heritage site, is well worth a visit.

The swimming pool is quite small and gets very crowded on that rare English summer day.

Another reason to go to Kenilworth is its concentration of charity shops, with good quality stuff and as yet uninflated prices. On Warwick Road, the ‘high street’ of Kenilworth, there are six in a row and there are a further three scattered around the centre. Not all of them are accessible for wheelchair users.

                          – Frieda van de Poll

Kenilworth has existed since at least the time of the Domesday Book which refers to it as Chinewrde, a small village in a clearing in the Forest of Arden.

Kenilworth is accessible via most of its paths, although some steep slopes and rough grass are limiting for people with mobility issues, to the castle and on Abbey fields. It’s the perfect spot for that walk in the country followed by a good meal or a picnic.

Kenilworth Castle, an English Heritage site, is well worth a visit. The ruins are best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I.

Access details are on the website. It is easily reached by bus from Coventry, Leamington Spa and Warwick – Stagecoach X17 and 16; Travel West Midlands 12; Johnsons 539 and 543; weekends only – Stagecoach U2 and U17. Alight at the top of Abbey Fields Park or at the Clock Tower – the castle is a 10-15 minute walk from here.Free access to the grounds on foot from the Brays car park, Castle Road, and from Purlieu Lane off Castle Green.

Abbey Fields, Kenilworth’s main park is set in the  valley of the Finham Brook and enjoys views of the historic town, the castle and the parish church. There is a outdoor swimming pool which is equipped with a swimming pool hoist. for when we get that rare hot summer day to warrant outdoor swimming.

Kenilworth has some fine restaurants, however, not all of them are accessible.

Here is a video about Kenilworth:

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