Don’t let the grey clouds in the photos here put you off; it was a dry and comparatively warm day when we visited.

Open for the February half term school break, Kenilworth Castle was a relatively mud-free diversion for us. There were open spaces for running around, ruins to explore, buildings to visit, an Elizabethan garden and a café (at tourist prices for that cuppa, of course). We spent the middle portion of the day here plus travelling. A late start and home in plenty of time for tea suited us fine.

The photos may look a little dark but it was fairly cloudy – pretty much as you would expect during an English February, really. Still, the place was busy with families taking advantage of the half term and some children following the knights’ trail. I dare say that this would be a very nice place to visit during the summer.

The earliest parts of the castle date back to the 12th century and ownership has passed through various hands from King John, via the Earl of Leicester (sweetheart of Queen Elizabeth I, allegedly) and a few families later to the auspices of English Heritage. The gate house was lived in as recently as the 1930’s.

If you are exploring “Shakespeare Country”, or enjoy visiting historic sites generally, then I would include this somewhere on the itinerary if you’re in the Midlands.

The photos include a bird of prey we saw as we were leaving the grounds. We think it was a buzzard but we thought it ought to have been larger, in our opinion.