As I alluded to yesterday, Jeff and I went to the neighboring town of Kenilworth to spend Saturday afternoon touring Kenilworth Castle. If you follow along on Instagram, I posted a lot of these photos on Instagram Stories, but since they disappear after 24 hours, I wanted to share them here, along with a few others I didn’t post.
According to the English Heritage website (which, BTW, runs the castle and allows residents + visitors to purchase a pass to get in FREE at hundreds of sites around England),
Kenilworth is one of England’s most magnificent castles. First built in the 1120s and a royal castle for most of its history, it was expanded by King John, John of Gaunt and Henry V. In 1563 Elizabeth I granted it to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who converted Kenilworth into a lavish palace. The castle’s fortifications were dismantled in 1650, and the ruins later became famous thanks in part to Walter Scott’s 1821 romance Kenilworth.
Robert Dudley was one of Queen Elizabeth’s childhood friends (they met at the Tower of London, another must visit spot!), and so she visited the castle four times during her reign. Dudley, who was said to be trying to win the Queen’s hand in marriage (spoiler alert: he failed), built a special residence for the Queen’s stay, which you can still tour the ruins of today.
It was a beautiful fall day for being outside and touring such a rich piece of history. The grounds also included on enclosed building with recreations of rooms and furniture as well as a tearoom, which is pretty much the standard among any place you visit here in the UK.
Sunday is bonfire night (Guy Fawkes – the 5th of November and the Gunpowder Plot and all that), so we’re hoping to get out and about somewhere else this weekend to experience the British tradition!