Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Kenilworth, , Warwickshire CV8 1NE

Contact: 0870 333 0606



Spectacular ruins of medieval fortress/palace built by Robert Dudley to impress his great love, Queen Elizabeth I - follow in her footsteps in the re-created Tudor garden, explore the medieval kitchens and great hall and walk round the almost complete outer walls.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

•    Free entry for self-led learning groups

•    Free planning visits for learning group leaders

•    Award-winning property for education provision

•    Cross-curricular opportunities for all Key Stages, especially creative topics

•    Ideal for the Normans and medieval, Tudor and Civil War life

•    Reconstructed Tudor gardens

•    Education room and storage/lunch room

•    Handling collection and activities

•    Elizabeth and Dudley exhibition in the gatehouse

•    Interactive display in the tearoom

•    Safe, extensive grounds for letting off steam and picnics

•    Guidebook at 20% discount for learning group leaders

•    Hazard Information Sheet  to help make risk assessments a doddle

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Resources and things to do :-

•    Discovery Visits  (facilitated sessions £90 per group of 35) - Discover Kenilworth Castle KS1, KS2, KS3, Medieval realms KS2, KS3

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Our Organisers’ Packs contain information about property facilities and links to Teachers’ Kits with lots of ideas about what to do before, during and after a day-long trip. They also contain a permit which gives you free entry on the day and for a planning visit and a hazard information sheet to make risk assessments easy.  A range of free images and ideas for learning can be found at  and in our online “Heritage Learning” magazine  - 

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Children are encouraged to take photos, make films, drawings, music, drama and other creations. Share your ideas and images on Twitter  and Flickr see links below: 

How do you arrange a risk assessment?


Group leaders can visit the property free of charge for a familiarisation trip. Property hazard information can be downloaded from our website.. Risk assessments are available for Discovery Visits.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Phone:             0870 333 0606       (9am-5pm weekdays)

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What does it cost?

Free entry for self-led learning groups .

Please contact us for details of all other options available.

Is specific clothing required?

Visits are likely to involve a fair amount of walking on uneven ground up a steep hill. Stout walking shoes are recommended in all seasons. Some sites are in fairly exposed areas and may have limited cover so warm, waterproof clothing is also recommended, In hot weather sun cream, sunhats and bottles of water are useful.

Do you have first aid on site?

First aid boxes are available at all properties and most have first aiders.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

•    Toilets

•    Coach parking (collect permit from Visitor centre)

•    Gardens

•    Picnic area

•    Shop

•    Tearoom.

•    Good access to most of the site except keep

Are there disabled facilities?


What are your opening days and hours?

Opening times

•    1 April – 31 Oct open regularly

•    1 Nov – 31 March open weekends only

•    Open exclusively for learning groups Mondays and Fridays in November and March

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Castles Cathedrals. Abbeys. Churches Historical Heritage Museums Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Science & Technology Team Building Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Business Studies Citizenship Design and Technology Drama English Environmental Studies Geography History ICT Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Music PSHE Religious Education Science

Months Open: April May June July August September October November