A quick hop from our house to Kenilworth (obviously) and we were excited to see what we would see. The only thing I had heard was that this place was a ruin.
Yes, a bloody ruin, nothing like Warwick Castle.
Do I listen to what others say? Well...yes but I still needed to check it out for myself.
We had been invited to review, so popped into the main shop at the entrance and spoke to a lovely girl at the till. She explained where everything was, where we could buy food (she could probably tell that I like my food) and offered us information leaflets.
Although Kenilworth isn't a full castle with loads of made up rooms, it still took me by surprise. There are entrancey bits to walk around, the surrounding gardens, little quirky out buildings, secret entrances, a tall tower (that is made up and furnished),
football foodhall (bloody predictive text) and the main bit is where Queeny's room is.
As per usual Eliza (& me) needed to use the toilet every half hour so we headed straight for the bogs.
Outside the toilet is a paved garden with tall (for a short person) decorative, hedgey bits. Both our kids loved running around this and did so for ages.
Fun at first but then you just think "I want to actually look around, y'know!", should have just gone to a bloody garden centre lol.
We went into the furnished tower
and had a good look around. It was very cold outside so we took full advantage of this heated area and studied everything
If you are wearing muddy shoes there are blue, plastic over shoe protectors to wear.
Upstairs a thoroughly nice chap explained the history of the castle and had a few fun things for the kids to do.
After this we were hungry (shock). The foodhall was the old stables converted into a beautiful room with high ceilings and scrummy grub for you all to eat. I would only recommend a picnic if it were a stunningly warm day.
After the food, we took a look at the rest of this impressive room.
There are loads of things for the kids to do here. If yours are anything like mine, they won't sit for five minutes so don't worry they will be kept amused while you just relax and eat.
After that we took a stroll around the whole castle from within the grounds. Kids were running up and down the mounded up earth against the castle (quite steep in places ) and loving it. In the summer you could roll down them, just watch for rocks and such like.
You see, kids don't need great, huge theme parks, they need to be able to use their imaginations.
Much, much, much healthier.
We came back round to the main section of the castle and couldn't wait to ascend the towers and explore. Keep your eyes peeled for old graffiti inside some of the rooms. Amazing. Here are some names I spotted. Framework (I would call it) has been installed to shore up some of the old building and to give you (the visitor) a safe, easy way to climb and discover the castle. I won't go on to much more because after all, you'll want to discover some things for yourselves, right?
Kenilworth is a great day out and because it ISN'T packed to the gills with punters like Warwick Castle can be and it's a more enjoyable non commercialised (long word alert) day out that you can actually walk around in your own time and enjoy.