UK trip Summer 2016: Kenilworth Castle

I have sat down with good intentions to write about our UK trip so many times.  We did so many different things that i felt that one post was not doing our trip any justice.

 

So instead I thought I would do a few posts about our best moments of the trip and share our favourite photos too!

About Kenilworth Castle

An absolute highlight for us was going to Kenilworth Castle.  If you have never been we can highly recommend!  The castle is 900 years old and is surrounded by beautiful Elizabethan gardens.

We took our visit while staying with Mark’s parents in Leamington Spa.  It’s a really short drive from there which was a definite bonus with the kids!

The castle is mostly ruins now but you can still get inside and explore.  Being an English Heritage site, there was loads of information around sharing the castle’s history.  Not that we got much time to sit and read any of that with Arthur keen to run around and explore!

 

It costs £10.10 per adult and £6 for 5-15.  I’m pretty sure the boys were free.  There is a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 kids for £26.20

English Heritage members get in for free.

 

Our trip to Kenilworth Castle

We planned our trip to be on a day where there was a Knights performance.  We thought that Arthur would be really interested in the Knights but on reflection he was a bit too young to be engaged with the ‘story’ side of it all.  The show took a while to get going and all he wanted to do was go and explore the castle.  We decided that while the crowds were sat watching the show that it was probably a good time to go and check out the castle anyway!

Arthur absolutely loved being able to run around and explore the ruins.

Kenilworth Castle Summer 2016

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle Summer 2016

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle

There was loads of big open spaces and that was absolutely perfect for Arthur to run around like crazy!

 

Kenilworth Castle Summer 2016

 

Kenilworth Castle Summer 2016

 

Poor Freddie had already been struck down with his first ever cold by this point and so was not 100%.  He still enjoyed the fresh air and loved the big grassy areas to crawl around on.

Kenilworth Castle Summer 2016

He even came up with us to the top of the castle keep to take in the views!

Kenilworth Castle keep

Is it worth a trip?

In short, Yes!

We had a fantastic time at Kenilworth castle and we will definitely take the boys back again next time we are in the UK.  I would definitely recommend to anyone!  For us on reflection we would have been better to go on a day when there wasn’t any events on but if the boys were slightly older i’m sure they would have enjoyed that side of it.  In the end it didn’t effect us too much, apart from a bit longer queuing for drinks etc!

There are loads of areas that are pushchair accessible and lots of open spaces for kids to run around.

Events are being held at the castle all the time so take a look at their site for information on upcoming events!

taking kids to Kenilworth castle

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8 thoughts on “UK trip Summer 2016: Kenilworth Castle

  1. Ah that takes me back. We used to go there all the time when I was a kit, and I can remember many afternoons playing in the grounds and down by the river outside of the castle wall. Nice to see it being enjoyed by the next generation!

  2. What a lovely day out. You can’t beat a proper British day out and the pics are beautiful. Sometimes it’s nice to be a “tourist” back home makes you appreciate it all #myexpatfamily

  3. Thanks for the tip! It can’t be more than an hour’s drive or so from my in-laws, so I might well plan a visit next time we go back to the UK. M doesn’t really “get” knights yet either but I think he’d love exploring anyway. Also, how much of a big boy does Arthur look in these photos!!
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  4. You can’t beat a proper British day out and the pics are beautiful. Sometimes it’s nice to be a “tourist” back home makes you appreciate it all #myexpatfamily

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  6. We travel with the family and the kids would just love this experience. Not only is it just so very cool to visit a real honest to goodness castle, but you don’t have to worry about being quiet. Kids can run around and explore and be kids! This sort of thing is perfect for traveling kiddos and fuels their passion to explore more of the world!
    Natalie

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