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Kenilworth Castle and the Elizabethan Gardens...


Another wet day as we continue our tour of Warwickshire, today we are visiting Kenilworth Castle…….

Mostly a ruin and we had to be careful because of the wet….

Could have done with my wellies for this one.

Leicester`s Gatehouse…Contains excellent exhibition telling the history of the castle and its inhabitants, mainly the alleged relationship between Elizabeth 1 and Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester……

The Stables, now a restaurant, also where entertainment is provided on rainy days …….

Now the reason my blog is on Goy.
The Elizabethan Gardens:
Created for Elizabeth 1st by Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester in 1575 ,these gardens were lost for over 400yrs.
English Heritage commissioned an archeaological dig in 2004 and with the help of written evidence giving details of the gardens as they were in Elizabeths reign,the gardens have been restored and enjoyed by many visitors today..

lovely aren`t they and because we were early and of course it was raining, once again I have photo`s without masses of people,(rainy days are sometimes good days for tours of these places)

The fountain wasn`t working but I guess they thought there was enough water about…..
Having a rest with a little refreshment we spotted this gentleman of the road…

No, he didn`t accost us, I guess he didn`t think we looked influential enough to bother with, good job as later we saw him fighting a duel in the stables………
I asked a lady guide but sadly they did not make a video of discovering and re- creating the gardens, big disappointment to me……….

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Lovely blog Lincslass...and as your blog on Ispyabird...beautiful photos of a memorable visit. The architecture is stunning...despite the rain !!!

29 Aug, 2010


Thanks Bb, I love history nearly as much as my gardening and mother nature and at a place like that one gets a lot of everything........

29 Aug, 2010


Lovely photos thank you

30 Aug, 2010


What lovely gardens Linclass, thank you the history lesson about the origins of the gardens, like you I`m very interested in these things. :o)

30 Aug, 2010


I enjoyed it too,lincslass,anything about history is my thing,especially connected to gardens.Glad the weather didn't put you off....

30 Aug, 2010


Lovely photo's,I like the ruins, the gardens are nice too.

30 Aug, 2010


Really enjoyed this blog, so many places of interest on this small island of ours !

5 Sep, 2010


Went to Kenilworth about 4 years ago Lincslass, and this wasnt even a twinkle...I saw bits on tv but its lovely to see the pictures. Its a lovely place with all that pink stone, and you can really get the feel Elizabeth I being there when you see that great fireplace in the gatehouse. The gardens look fantastic and love the highwayman! Thank you for a great blog.

28 Sep, 2010


Fascinating. Having seen the odd TV report on the garden, I thought it was really interesting to have some good photos to show what it's like. And you were very fortunate to be there with so few people to get in the way! Looks like they've missed a marketing opportunity with the lack of a video showing the whole process of developing the garden. That makes your blog all the more worthwhile!

5 Oct, 2010


What a great ruin, certainly a place of contrasts. I love the bear statue although he dosnt look very elizabethian.
wouldnt you love to keep those box hedges trimmed, great affect though.

14 Oct, 2010

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