The one thing that stands out in this pleasant town in the middle of England is its stunning ruined castle. With its vivid history and crumbling walls, it famously inspired Walter Scott to use it as the setting of his novel called Kenilworth. The Kenilworth Castle was built around 1120 and enlarges in the 14th and 16th centuries. Many powerful men stayed here, including John of Gaunt, Simon de Montfort, and Robert Dudley. There is now a new exhibition on the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Dudley in the Leicester’s Gatehouse. The audio tour is highly recommended, and there are various jousting events and performances that take place here throughout the year.