Residing in the historic heart of England, the culturally rife town of Kenilworth offers visitors an appealing array of activities. With its provincial charm, spirited atmosphere and ancient history, the town proves a delightful destination from which to escape the demanding duress of everyday life. Visit atmospheric ruins and wander the grounds of consecrated castles or peruse the bespoke boutiques and quaint cafés of the historic high street to absorb the quintessential culture of the traditional town.
Hailed as the definitive English castle by prominent historians, Kenilworth Castle and Gardens is a legendary landmark steeped in local legend and literary history. Immortalised by Sir Walter Scott in his famous novel, the commanding structure gazes stoically across exquisite Elizabethan gardens and a sprawling maze. Within the solid walls of the castle resides a scattering of ruinous buildings that all exude a renaissance charm, testifying as to why this flagrant fortress is considered one of England’s most important historical buildings.
A monument that successfully encompasses Kenilworth’s illustrious past is the magnificent War Memorial, an authoritative structure that points skywards in memory of those lost during the numerous wars experienced by the town. Names of lost loved ones are carved onto bronze plaques at the foot of the memorial, providing a place in which visitors and locals can ruminate and reflect upon the past.
At Harrington’s on the Hill, one of Kenilworth’s most refined restaurants, expert chefs create sublime yet simple dishes that maximise the fresh flavours of luscious locally sourced produce. An ambient pub setting is the perfect place in which to enjoy quintessential English cuisine; signature dishes include flat iron chicken breast with green beans, sea trout and chunky ratatouille and traditional sausages and creamy mashed potato. (42 Castle Hill, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, CV8 1NB)