Abbey Fields

Kenilworth’s main park is set in the dramatic valley of the Finham Brook and enjoys views of the historic town, the castle and the parish church. Grassy slopes, the lake, historic buildings, old trees and hedges recall Abbey Fields’ past ­– the farmland of St Mary’s Abbey, whose ruins adjoin the park.

Map


Improvements in 2013

  • A planted "boundary fence" to provide a green boundary to the play area 
  • The Meadow area developed as a wild flower meadow
  • "The Rain Garden" created to help keep water away from the play area

New children's play area - now open

Things to enjoy

  • Walking – Ramble round the park. Stroll along the brook and round the lake.
  • Playing – fun for children of all ages in the up-to-date play area.
  • Eating indoors or outside at the swimming pool café.
  • Bird life on the lake. Feeding the ducks.
  • Wildflowers and fine trees.
  • Swim and sunbathe – Heated outdoor pool and sundeck in summer.
  • Discover the history – follow the Kenilworth Abbey trail from the ‘Barn’

Games and sports

Fees and charges apply

  • Tennis – 5 hard courts.
  • Swimming – 25 metre heated indoor pool and outdoor pool in the summer

Weather permitting!

  • Jogging – varied terrain, bags of room.
  • Kite-flying – try the open grassy areas off Forrest Road and Castle Road.
  • Sledging – open slopes for an exhilarating run, when we get any snow! Avoid trees.

Sorry, but…

  • Some steep slopes and rough grass are limiting for wheelchairs and pushchairs
  • No cycling in the park

Summer and autumn

  • Kenilworth Lions Grand Show
  • Kenilworth Carnival
  • Orienteering organised by clubs

Winter and spring

  • Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial, Forrest Road / Abbey Hill
  • Duck Race along the Brook, Boxing Day, in aid of charity

How to get there

Walking and cycling – Entrances on Abbey Hill, Forrest Road, Castle Road, High Street and Bridge Street.

Bus:

  • 12, 112: Travel West Midlands
  • 539, 540, 541, 543: Johnsons of Henley
  • X12, X16, X17, X18: Stagecoach
  • More on buses to parks

Cars and motor-cycles – Free car park off Bridge Street. Limited on-street parking in High Street and Forrest Road.

Rail – Kenilworth buses from Coventry rail station and Leamington Spa town centre.

Nearby

Kenilworth Castle – Magnificent red sandstone ruins date back to Norman times. An English Heritage property. Ticket office, Castle Green. Parking at The Brays, Castle Road, and Castle Green. Events – see What’s On page

Free access to the grounds on foot from the Brays car park, Castle Road, and from Purlieu Lane off Castle Green.

St Nicholas’ parish church and churchyard – Footpaths from the north side of Abbey Fields lead through the old churchyard to High Street.

Kenilworth Common – Follow the Finham Brook on foot downstream to this local nature reserve – mixed woodland on sandy soil, rugged terrain in places.

High Street – Restaurants, pubs, boutiques, attractive old buildings.

Abbey End and town centre – Tourist information, shops, restaurants and pubs.

Castle Farm, off Fishponds Road – Skateboard Park. Recreation Centre. Play area. Large boules terrain. Playing Fields. Footpath from Castle Road. See Sports Facilities

Map

Keyboard accessible version of map