Located amongst the ruins of the Abbey in Abbey Fields, the museum is housed in a 14th Century rectangular sandstone building of two storeys. Originally part of the Abbey – and quite possibly a hall where a Prior might meet visitors – the building was used for agricultural purposes during the centuries following the dissolution and destruction of the Abbey.
This building now houses a Museum and Heritage Centre. On the ground floor is an interpretation of the monastic buildings and their history, and a selection of decorative sculptured stones found during the excavations. On the upper floor is an eclectic mix of artefacts and photographs charting Kenilworth’s history from the Bronze Age to modern times.
The museum is manned by volunteers from The Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society and is open on Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays from 2.30 – 4.30pm between Easter and mid-September. Near by are the ruins of the Abbey Gatehouse.