Kimbolton Castle

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Kimbolton Castle, Katherine of Aragon's last residence, was largely rebuilt as the 18th century country house of the Earls and Dukes of Manchester, owners for nearly 350 years. Although the Castle is now the home of Kimbolton School, there are outstanding Pellegrini murals and a fine collection of portraits. A new heritage room houses displays on the Castle's history. The Castle is set in wooded grounds, near the interesting little town of Kimbolton.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

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.
Public Opening Dates

Sunday 1 March 2015 1pm - 4pm
Sunday 1 November 2015 1pm - 4pm

Admission charges

Group Tours £5.00 per head (minimum charge £75)

Public Opening Charges
Adults £5.00
OAP's £4.00
Children £2.50

Additional info

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 only are allowed in the grounds and State Rooms.

The Castle is well known for its outstanding set of Pellegrini murals on the Main Staircase and in the Chapel and Boudoir. The collection of portraits of the Montagu family includes paintings by Lely and Mengs.

Architectural features include state rooms and exterior refacing by Vanbrugh and Hawksmoor, an inner courtyard probably by Henry Bell, and an Adam gatehouse.

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • Vanbrugh
  • Hawksmoor
  • Adam
  • Henry Bell
  • Pellegrini
  • Katherine of Aragon

Kimbolton Castle
PE28 0EA




01480 860 505


01480 860386

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