Free admission on Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays between 2:30 and 4:30pm
from Easter 2013 until 15th September 2013.
Then closed till April 2014 !
There will be a free guided walk of Kenilworth Abbey ruins on Sunday 15th September in conjunction with Heritage Open Weekend.
Meet outside the Abbey 'Barn' Museum for a 3 pm start. No advance booking necessary. All are welcome
New Look to Abbey ‘Barn’ Museum in 2013
KHAS Abbey Barn Museum
in Abbey Fields
( next to the children's play area by the swimming baths as shown on the
Google Map of Abbey Fields
and at the tip of the arrow on streetmap.co.uk at OS grid
SP 2848E 7228N )
Leaflet-Guides in English, French, German, Japanese, Polish & Spanish are
An educational leaflet challenges children to find answers to questions about exhibits in the
The ground floor is devoted to a professional exhibition which tells the story of the
Kenilworth Augustinian Abbey
by descriptive plaques and surviving stonework. The Millennium Exhibition on the ground floor was opened just after Easter 2001. It was part of the Abbey Interpretation Project costing £98980.
The first floor, which was installed in 1994 for £7265, portrays Kenilworth history by relics brought in by residents Publications are for sale.
The Museum is staffed by a rota of volunteers.
More volunteers are always welcome to contact the chairman of KHAS,
or else contact Michael Formstone by e-mail :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Access on foot from the free Abbey Fields Car Park, or from the bus service
11 stops in Bridge Street or from the Unibus service stops in Abbey Hill.
Both services run on a Sunday afternoon between Coventry & Leamington Spa and stop in Abbey End by the Kenilworth Clock Tower
where there is a pay & display car park ( Sunday charges free all day ). A short walk uphill along Abbey End to the
War Memorial leads to the steep downhill path in Abbey Fields to the Swimming
From Kenilworth Castle
down by a track to a gap near the Ford, after crossing the busy road,
paths in Abbey Fields beside the Lake lead to the Swimming Baths.
Outside the baths building there is café on the corner, public toilets including a RADAR
disability facility and disabled parking.
Some Events during 2010
Graham Gould, Henry Denny and Richard Morris have started recording the interior of the important
late-Victorian town house - Wilton House, Southbank Road.
At present the offices of Kenilworth Town Council & Jeremy Wright MP.
KWN October 19th :-
A piece of Kenilworth history could soon be forgotten unless it’s marked "Betsy's Grave"
A new granite stone suitably inscribed will be placed beside the stone
thanks to the generosity of Henry Ison, Undertaker - December 2010
KWN October 22nd page 3 :-
Sir Walter Scott’s memory will live on as plaque is found
plaque found &
the care of the
on the building
at the corner of
Station Road &
KWN September 24th :-
Posties abandon bikes in favour of trolleys - a countywide first for Kenilworth
WCC News September 23rd :- "An exciting new study, the Warwickshire Historic Towns project, has started which aims to chart the development of a number of Warwickshire’s historic towns from the Roman period until the present day" including
Kenilworth in this Extensive Urban Survey.
Periodic updates to the project, with the results of each town's assessment, will be made available at :-
The award winning Chedham's Yard Restoration
is holding a Chedham's on the Move special preview
meeting on 6th September at 7:15pm in St. Peter's Church Centre, Wellesbourne.
Volunteers wanted to Get Involved.
A descriptive brass plaque has been affixed to the Kenilworth Millennium Globe
( KWN August 27thp.9 :- "Abbey End's ball finally gets its plaque after ten
years" with photograph of the installation. )
An informative memorial panel ( funded by Kenilworth Community Forum & Warwick District Council ) has been affixed to the bricked-up entrance of the air raid shelter
in Abbey Fields by St Nicholas' car park in Bridge Street.
Kenilworth in World War II leaflet ( memorial panel on side 2 ) .
( as a PDF file ).
( KWN August 20thp.3 :- "Shelter plaque will help people remember the town's
history" with photograph outside old air raid shelter. )
Kenilworth Air Raid Shelters with photos taken by Robin D. Leach
- Novemner 2010.
KWN July 23rd frontpage :- "
Historic Kenilworth road may be protected" - a campaign for
A Case for Conservation - Avenue Road, Kenilworth
( a unique housing development, almost 100 years old )"
Warwick District Council has included Avenue Road in the Conservation Area - December 2010.
Friends of Abbey Fields, Kenilworth
launch a leaflet on The Trees of Abbey Fields available free from the library.
Two objects added to the online
BBC "A History of the World" - List of Objects for Coventry &
Anti-aircraft shell nose-cone
and Bronze Age axe-head
A molded stone from the Abbey Ruins was handed over to
Fr. Gus O'Reilly from the Church of St. Peter-in-Chains to be incorporated into the resurrected
Shrine of Our Lady of Doncaster, along with stones from other Abbeys in England dedicated
to Our Lady. The Mediaeval Shrine was demolished in 1538, the year Kenilworth Abbey was
dissolved. Richard Morris masterminded the exercise.
( KWN May 21stp.3 :- "Kenilworth abbey stone to sit in pilgrimage prayer garden" with
photograph of the handover. )
Garden of Our Lady of Doncaster
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