Holy Trinity Church's Doom Painting

Entry: Adults £6.20, children £3.10, concessions £5
Opening hours: 10am until 4pm
Contact: 01926 748900
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Best bit: Exploring dark alcoves within the ruins
Worst bit: Missing out on an audio guide because we visited on a busy Saturday

If you like history then you won’t go far wrong visiting Kenilworth Castle.
Even the graffiti carved into the walls is historic – you’ll find plenty of inscriptions dating back to the 19th century.
Henry I’s treasurer Geoffrey de Clinton built the castle during the early 12th century.
It was not until more than 100 years later that it gained notoriety as the site of one of the longest sieges in English history.
Unhappy with Henry III’s leadership a number of barons barricaded themselves inside the castle which, at the time, was surrounded by an artificial lake.
The defences were so strong that despite an attack lasting between six and 12 months – involving the use of barges, trebuchet and thousands of men - the rebels only relented because of starvation.
Such strength prompted Oliver Cromwell, in 1649, to smash down a main wall making the castle difficult to defend and prevent it being used for uprisings.
There are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore in this part of the ruins.
English Heritage workers have put together a great exhibition relating to the relationship between the Earl of Leicester Robert Dudley and Elizabeth I.
Records show that in 1575 Dudley entertained Elizabeth I there for 19 days. The exhibition’s got plenty for the adults – it hints the pair may have been lovers and that Dudley may have killed his wife.
And for the kids – there’s a gauntlet they can put their hand in and pretend they’re about to enter battle.
A good Sunday afternoon attraction..

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