Owned by many powerful and influential figures and with links to monarchs from Henry I to Charles II, the atmospheric ruins of Kenilworth Castle have witnessed 900 years of English history. From the country’s longest ever siege to grand medieval tournaments and spectacular royal entertainments, there are so many stories to share.
On this tour we will discover them all as we circle the castle walls and enjoy spectacular views of the ruins, both the impregnable medieval fortifications and the later aristocratic palace. We will focus particularly on perhaps the castle’s most famous episode – the visits of Queen Elizabeth I to stay with her friend, courtier and would-be suitor, Robert Dudley, events immortalised in Sir Walter Scott’s novel “Kenilworth”. Dudley rebuilt the castle to welcome his Queen and the lavish festivities cost him a fortune. They give us a great insight into the life of the Tudor court.
There are few places where you get such a feeling for the country’s past as this wonderfully evocative castle set in lovely English countryside. I look forward to sharing the many wonderful tales of Kenilworth with you.
Meet Your Guide
I have been a professional tourist guide for over 15 years and hold the Blue Badge, the UK’s highest tour guiding qualification. I’m passionate about helping people from around the world to discover some of the most attractive and interesting places in England. I have a welcoming and informal style and aim to bring locations and history to life with anecdotes about people and events, rather than dry facts. On all of my tours you can expect information, humour and friendly conversation. I want you to sit back, relax and enjoy the experience as you take a walk with your new friend in England. Wherever in the world you are from, I look forward to giving you the warmest of welcomes.
Preparing for your Experience
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