Trains to Kenilworth
A place most definitely worth your time. Kenilworth is a small town with an intriguing offer, one of the greatest ruined castles in the country and easy access to swathes of countryside and greenery. Add in some fantastic food and Kenilworth is just the ticket for a great day out in Warwickshire.
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Culture and Heritage
Kenilworth’s history is entwined with its Castle. Dating from Norman times Kenilworth Castle has witnessed the longest siege on English soil, been owned and favoured by royalty, played host to the great “romance” between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley and saw its walls shattered in the aftermath of the Civil War. Kenilworth also sports the ruins of a medieval abbey, the scars of WW2 and plenty of historic architecture. All in all, it’s an enthralling story!
The star of the show is indeed Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, and this beguiling ruin, once home to royalty and great romances, is now in the care of English Heritage and can be visited throughout the year. You can climb to the heights of towering great hall, stroll the restored garden (just as Elizabeth would have) and discover the story of its stones for yourself.
You’ll also find the ruins of the Abbey of St Mary, founded alongside the castle, but abandoned since dissolution in 1538. Today they take pride of place in Abbey Fields and you can discover their story at the Abbey Museum (in the best preserved Abbey building remaining).
Kenilworth is brimming with stories, and you’ll find the best way to uncover them is on one of the new Kenilworth Trails. These accessible walks will help tell the story of the Castle and the Abbey, uncover more of the heritage of the town and also explore the green spaces.
For something radically different why not walk with an Alpaca? A short walk from town brings you to Faerie Tale Farm, whose herd of happy and friendly Alpacas can be yours for a 2 hour experience, including a wander in the countryside!
Food and Drink
For a town it’s size Kenilworth packs a gastronomic punch and more restaurants, traditional pubs and quirky cafes than you can shake a stick at.
Start big at the Michelin starred The Cross, the absolute epitome of a gastropub, where you’ll find quality local produce cooked by some seriously talented chefs. For something more down-to-earth try the Virgins & Castle, dating back to 1563 and just about the most historic spot for a cheeky pint.
But that’s not all, Kenilworth sports contemporary coffee culture at Forrest Coffee House and Coffee on the Corner and a frankly astounding array of cuisines. Of course, there’s high street favourites like Zizzi and Ego Mediterranean too, but this being Kenilworth they are housed in a former 16th century coaching Inn!
Sports and Outdoor
Green space and tranquillity are where Kenilworth really shines. Top billing goes to Abbey Fields right in the heart of town, with 68 acres of rolling greenery, wildflower meadows, a lake and the ruins of the Abbey itself. Abbey Fields is also home to Kenilworth’s swimming pool and a top-notch play area, perfect for keeping the kids entertained.
A few steps further afield you’ll discover no less than four Warwickshire Wildlife Trust nature reserves at Parliament Piece, Kenilworth Common, Crackley Wood and Knowle Hill! All have different characters throughout the year and are linked by walkable paths and the former railway line of the Kenilworth Greenway, now a flat and accessible cycle route to Berkswell.
Unsurprisingly, there is great countryside too with easy walks out to country pubs in Leek Wootton, Meer End and plenty more.
Music and Nightlife
Kenilworth is home to no less than two thriving theatres, The Priory and The Talisman, both producing a range of shows and supporting a vibrant arts and cultural programme. Make sure to note September down in your diaries for the Kenilworth Arts Festival, not to be missed!
For those looking for late night drinks, there is the oh-so-cool Cocktail bar at The Kenilworth, a regularly changing array of real ales at the Ale Rooms and plenty of live music at venues like Pomeroy’s Bistro & Bar.
Treehouse Books by the Clocktower is also a well-known spot for live music, with regular open mic and poetry nights as well as touring bands.
With a little bit of searching you can uncover some wonderful and eclectic shopping gems in Kenilworth. Our top picks are the Farthing Gallery on the Old High Street for everything arty and crafty, the wonderful hand dyed wool at In the Wool Shed on East Chase Farm and the botanical treasure trove of The Orangery in Talisman Square (nearby Kenilworth Books is worth a visit too!)
Which train services run direct to Kenilworth?
Direct trains run to Kenilworth via Coventry and Royal Leamington Spa
Where do WMR trains to Kenilworth arrive and depart?
WMR trains arrive and depart from Kenilworth's only train station, located in the town centre.