Images
The Outer Court and grounds
The Great Hall and its towers
Leicester's Building
The Keep
Leicester's Gatehouse


Approaching the castle from The Bray. The footbridge in the foreground is where the first of Kenilworth's two drawbridges would have been situated

Mortimer's Tower was the original Norman gatehouse to the castle. It was named for a carved stone shield bearing the arms of the Mortimer family, which can e seen on the wall. You can see arrowslits and the grooves in the walls where a portcullis would have been.

Gaunt's Tower, strongpoint between the Great Hall and Great Chambers, or audience chambers, built by John of Gaunt

Saintlowe Tower - with Strong Tower, this forms a matching pair of towers on either side of the Great Hall

The curtain wall. This low wall enclosed the entire castle complex of buildings. Beyond the curtain wall the ground falls away towards the mere, a remnant of the great water defences that encircled the castle.

Detail of carving on the buttress supporting Gaunt's Tower

It is hard to imagine given this pastoral scene, but the area beyond the curtain wall was the scene of the great water extravaganza put on by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, to honour the visit of Queen Elizabeth I in July, 1575.

The Tudor Garden, reconstructed in 1970 following a 17th century record. The geometrical hedges are of box, lavender, and sage.

The Stables, with the remains of St Mary's chapel in the foreground

Lunn's Tower, a 13th century tower adjoining the stable block

Lunn's Tower, where arrow slits illustrate the defensive nature of the building.

The Chapel of St Mary. These foundations are all that remain of the church, founded by Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, in the early 14th century.

The Water Tower, beside the stable block. This tower was used for accommodation.