Tours & Open Days
Learn more about the mediaeval castle, Queen Katharine of Aragon, the Civil War, the 'Great Rebuilding' by Vanbrugh ... and even the Castle ghosts! There will also be a display about the American forces in Kimbolton during the Second World War. You will be able to visit all the State Rooms including the Queen’s Room where Katharine of Aragon died, as well as the dedicated Heritage Room which traces the history of the Castle from its Motte and Bailey beginnings to its present-day incarnation as one of Cambridgeshire's top co-educational schools.
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 a display on the Castle's history. This British historic Castle is set in extensive, wooded grounds, with pleasant walks within rural Cambridgeshire.
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 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.
Public Opening Dates
Sunday 6 November 2022, 1pm to 4pm
Sunday 5 March 2023, 1pm to 4pm
Public Admission Charges
Adults - £10.00
Over 65 - £5.00
Children (Under 18) - FREE
Private Group Tours
£10.00 per head
(minimum charge £200.00)
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 historic 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 British 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 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.
Arrange a Private Group or School Visit
To arrange a private group or school visit to Kimbolton Castle near Cambridge, please email our Castle Historian and Visits Organiser, Mr Andrew Bamford, including your contact details. Alternatively, please call 01480 860505, to discuss your requirements.