Explore 900 years of history at Kenilworth Castle: an epic medieval fortress in England’s West Midlands with fascinating tales from its siege to its time as an Elizabethan palace. Book your stay close by with Culture Trip.
History-lovers can marvel at the striking ruins of the Great Hall, and families will enjoy the recreated Elizabethan garden. Don’t miss climbing the tower for sublime Warwickshire countryside views. You’ll be nearby at any of these hand-picked stays, whether in a luxury spa hotel or a historic manor house.
Kenilworth is utterly picturesque, just like its castle. On the high street, find this 16th-century, Grade II-listed pub-hotel, formerly a bakery. Nurse a pint of award-winning ale in the candlelit pub where rose gold furnishings meet wooden beams and a historic fireplace – before enjoying your cosy room’s homely touches like throws, cookies and flowers. Wake to an inclusive breakfast – think hearty farmhouse or Greek yoghurt-laden French toast – accompanied with a delightful brew from multi-award-winning London roasters.
A traditional British pub welcomes you to Abbeyfields with a roaring fire, wood panelling and historic pictures lining the walls. It’s a Greene King pub so expect a menu of well-done classics like stuffed pies – try the slow-cooked steak and red wine – with lashings of gravy. Keep your eyes peeled for food and drink festivals featuring exciting fare like local beers. This Kenilworth High Street-based hotel offers rooms with pretty decor, all the way from the patterned cushions to the wall art.
Step into history at this former watermill – which dates back to at least the 16th century – situated in the quaint Baginton village. Before hitting your simple but stylish room, pick a cosy corner in the pub under original wooden beams – or relax on the terrace along the River Sowe, lamplit by night. Accompany your 38-day-aged prime sirloin steak with merlot and beef dripping sauce, and follow it with an indulgent dessert platter. Visiting Sunday? Don’t miss the signature six-hour slow-cooked pork belly roast.
Grandeur reaches every crevice of this 11th-century, neo-gothic estate – from the 32 acres (13ha) of the landscaped garden to the rooms and suites featuring four-poster beds and period furniture. This hotel even has its own chapel on site. The restaurant offers fine food like the roast curried monkfish, enjoyed in the opulent dining room or on the view-clad terrace. A pastry chef heads up decadent afternoon tea in Henry’s Lounge – before you hit the spa with its iconic ice fall room and get to experience the dreamy showers.
Nailcote promises old English charm overlooking 15 acres (6ha) of gardens and woodland – whether you book a cosy, modern room or a period-style, four-poster suite. Take your pick of experiences at this four-star hotel: from a round of golf on the par three-course to a dip in the luxury spa’s Roman bath-style pool. The events calendar brings tribute acts, soul nights and charity balls – while fine dining at the Oak Room restaurant means flambé dishes like crepes suzettes, cooked tableside.
Expect a warm welcome at the Baginton-based Dakota – a family-run guesthouse where you’ll feel at home. Relax in your ensuite room with comfy scatter cushions and peaceful wall pictures. The large, free car park is handy for trips to Kenilworth – just a 15-minute drive away – and beyond. Walk a few minutes to the traditional pub the Oak, run by the same family and offering hearty, home-cooked meals – including big breakfasts – that are as heartwarming as your stay.
This four-star, historic manor house welcomes all – including dogs. Business-goer? You’ll appreciate the 17 meeting spaces here. Family? Dive into kid-friendly pool sessions and outdoor scavenger trails. If you’re looking to relax, indulge in the spa’s signature ELEMIS revitalising ritual, grab a heated lounger by the pool or kick back on the 17 acres (7ha) of garden-side terrace. Dinner with a view means interesting mains like pumpkin tortellini, as well as lovely children’s options – while romantic private dining offers a menu created for you.
Built in 1863, turreted Ardencote rises on 103 acres (42ha) of gardens and lake. This is family-run, four-star luxury – especially in the four-poster suites with countryside-view bay windows. Get energised at the 18-hole golf course, floodlit tennis courts and dance studio – before winding down at the award-winning brasserie. Indulgent roast sharing platters are a must for Sunday stays. Ardencote’s spa promises a thermal journey, from the Himalayan salt sauna to the ice fountain. Wrap up your stay with a breath of that fresh country air at the heated outdoor pool.
Birmingham is only 30 minutes’ drive from Kenilworth. Extend your holiday in the Midlands by booking a room at one of the best family hotels or best boutique hotels in the city now through Culture Trip.
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