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Photo Gallery – July Members Only Visit to the Castle

On Monday the 8th of July, a group of KHAS members enjoyed a wonderful members-only evening visit to Kenilworth Castle. KHAS chairman Jan Cooper gave us a fascinating talk on the subject “In the Footsteps of Elizabeth I”.

The tour visited the Elizabethan Gardens

Jan’s talk covered the Elizabeth’s various visits to the Castle, culminating, of course, in Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester’s expensive and ultimately futile attempt to win the Queen’s hand in marriage in 1575. The tour party met at Mortimer’s Gate and processed, as she did, through the inner court and into the ruins of the sumptuous accommodation Leicester had built specially for her stay. The party paused here for a group photo, crammed into the viewing platform up in the dizzying heights of Elizabeth’s bedroom.

The party then progressed into the beautiful Elizabethan gardens and out through the newly reinstated garden gate. Sincere thanks were given by the members in attendance to Jan for running the tour and to English Heritage for hosting us. So ended a thoroughly enjoyable outing, in which I think we all learnt something new.

Here are some selected images from the tour:

  • Viewing platform, Leicester's Building
  • Group photo from below
  • The Elizabethan Garden
  • The Elizabethan Garden
  • Lord Brock surveys from above
  • Contemplating the marble fountain
  • Exiting the new Garden Gate
  • The Keep in the evening light
  • Exiting via Mortimer's Gate

Next month, members lucky enough to have secured a place on the visit to Maxstoke Castle will no doubt have a similarly informative and enjoyable visit.

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