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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 1pm to 4pm on the dates listed below. 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.

    Public Opening Dates

    Sunday 1 November 2015, 1-4pm
    Sunday 6 March 2016, 1-4pm

    Public Admission Charges

    Adults - £5.00
    Retired - £4.00
    Children - £2.50

    Private Group Tours

    £5.00 per head
    (minimum charge £75.00)

    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.

    Special Interest Tours

    Kimbolton Castle welcomes groups interested in a particular aspect of the Castle's history.
    Possible themes include:
    • Katharine of Aragon and the Tudor Castle
    • The 18th Century: Vanbrugh, Hawksmoor, Pellegrini and Adam
    • Medieval Castle into Country House
    • The Montagus: Earls and Dukes of Manchester
    • Kimbolton Castle in Victorian Times

    School Groups

    School groups are admitted to the Castle free of charge, by special arrangement. Photocopiable Tudor Trail leaflets for years 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 and Victorian trail leaflets for Years 5/6 are available on request.



    • Group catering can be arranged in advance, ranging from tea/coffee and biscuits for small groups to lunch/supper with a wide choice of menus for larger parties. During the school holidays, groups are welcome to picnic in the Castle grounds. On Public Opening days light refreshments are available.

    Facilities for Disabled Visitors

    • We regret that access to the State Rooms is difficult for visitors with limited mobility and that there is no wheelchair access. If advanced notice is given, the tour can be modified to reduce the number of stairs to be climbed. Laminated sheets outlining the main points of the tour are available on request for visitors with hearing difficulties.
    • Registered guide dogs are allowed in the grounds and State Rooms.


    • 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.


    • Toilet facilities are available in the Castle.

    Sales Items

    • Postcards, guidebooks and a limited range of souvenirs are on sale to visitors.

    Surrounding Area

    Groups wishing to spend longer in Kimbolton may enjoy a visit to St. Andrew's Church, a medieval building with later additions including monuments to the Montagu family and a Tiffany window. Guided tours are available by arrangement and village tours can also be arranged.

    Other places of interest which can easily be combined with a visit to Kimbolton include Buckden Towers, The Manor (Hemingford Grey) and Grafham Water.

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