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Kimbolton Castle, originally a medieval castle, underwent many changes before the Great Rebuilding by Vanbrugh, Hawksmoor and Adam, as the country house of the Dukes of Manchester. The Castle's most famous resident was Katharine of Aragon, who died here in 1536, and small sections of the Tudor house have survived. Although the Castle now belongs to Kimbolton School, visitors can still see the impressive range of State Rooms, with an outstanding set of murals by Pellegrini. A small Heritage Room houses displays on the Castle's history. The Castle is set in extensive, wooded grounds, with pleasant walks.

Kimbolton Castle is open to groups by arrangement throughout the year, including evenings, although access during Kimbolton School terms is restricted by School usage. During school holidays, requests for mid-week visits can usually be met.
The Castle is also open to the general public from 1 pm - 4 pm on the dates listed above. Members of Kimbolton Local History Society are on hand as room stewards, and short tours of the exterior take place at regular intervals. A children's animal, Tudor and Victorian trails and a dressing-up box are also available.
Group Size

The maximum group size is normally 70, but efforts will be made to accommodate larger groups.

Length of Tour

A tour of the interior of the Castle takes approximately 1½ hours. Groups who would like to be shown round the exterior of the Castle as well as the State Rooms are advised to allow at least 2 hours.

There is ample coach parking, with free admission for coach drivers. Visitors travelling by car may park in the castle grounds. Maps showing directions to Kimbolton and parking areas will be sent to party organisers.

Public Opening Dates 

Sunday 2 November 2014

1 pm - 4 pm


Sunday 1 March 2015

1 pm - 4 pm

Admission Charges

Group Tours

£5.00 per head

(minimum charge £75)


Public Opening Charges

Adults £5.00

OAP's £4.00

Children £2.50

Contact Us

Visits Organiser

Mrs Nora Butler

01480 860505

Kimbolton Castle from the west by Dave Pickett