In the footsteps of royalty at Kenilworth Castle

The magnificent, imposing Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire dates back to Norman times, but became crucial to the Tudors after playing a pivotal role in the War of the Roses. Today, it remains a popular destination both for history buffs and those who simply want a day out somewhere stunning. The views from the tower (now open for the first time in 350 years) and the Elizabethan Garden must be seen to be believed.

Get your motor running

As well as the more ancient history celebrated at the castle, there's also a newer exhibition entitled 'Speed and Power: John Siddeley, Pioneer of the Motor Age', celebrating the British motoring and aviation pioneer, Sir John Siddeley, 1st Baron of Kenilworth, who bought the castle in 1937 and based his company's operations there during the War.

Take a trip to Coventry

Kenilworth Castle is just six miles from Coventry, meaning the city and all its sights and sounds are within easy reach. The Coventry Transport Museum and Herbert Art Gallery and Museum are well worth a visit, and there's no end of attractive restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs should your day out turn into a night out. Planning a trip to Kenilworth Castle? Travelodge Coventry Binley Hotel is conveniently close by and offers easy access to the city. Travelodge The Regent Leamington Spa Hotel Near Warwick is also a good option, while Travelodge Rugby Dunchurch Hotel on the M45 is ideal from those heading from London.