Kenilworth is famed for its castle and abbey ruins and as one of the most attractive towns in Warwickshire. The town stands 6 miles to the south-west of Coventry, and 4 miles to the north of the county town of Warwick and Leamington Spa. Solihull is just 12 miles away and Birmingham just beyond that. Kenilworth is between two A roads – the A46 running from Coventry to Warwick, and the A4177 from Solihull to Warwick.The nearby villages include Stoneleigh, home to the noted showground and Baroque Stoneleigh Abbey, and Wroxall, where the luxury hotel Wroxall Abbey stands, largely built by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century. The town has good transport links available to residents – the M6 is just the other side of Coventry and the M40 to London runs just to the south of Kenilworth, a brief drive down the A46 to reach junction 15. Baginton Airport is nearby to the south of Coventry, whilst Birmingham International Airport is just outside Solihull. Although there is no railway station in Kenilworth there are stations a brief distance away at Warwick Parkway and in the centre of Warwick. From Warwick it is a journey of around 35 minutes to Birmingham city centre. London can be reached by rail in 90 minutes. There are plans to re-open Kenilworth station in the near future. Kenilworth is popular amongst commuters who travel to Leamington, Warwick, Birmingham and Coventry. The town is well-stocked with sports clubs and societies – there are rugby and football clubs, tennis and squash, running, swimming and Croquet clubs. There are two cricket clubs, one of which, Kenilworth Wardens, is amongst the most successful in the Midlands. The history of the town is well-known thanks to the novel Kenilworth by the historical novelist Sir Walter Scott in the early 19th century. There was an abbey built in the 12th century destroyed during the Reformation – the ruins and the surroundings now form the Abbey Fields Park. The castle played a significant role in the medieval era and was visited many times by Elizabeth I when owned by the courtier Robert Dudley, before being left in ruins by the wars of the 1640s. Since then it has formed a spectacular and picturesque ruin much favoured by 18th century painters. The interest generated in the town’s history in the 19th century led to it being something of a cultural centre. Kenilworth is home to the award-winning Talisman Theatre and hosts an Arts Festival each summer.
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