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Abbey Fields, Kenilworth

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Abbey Fields is a 68-acre (28 ha) park that is found in the centre of Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England. The park was once farmland belonging to St Mary's Abbey, which was dissolved in the middle of the sixteenth century and is now ruined. St Nicholas Church, with origins from the twelfth century, remains in the park.

The park is now maintained by Warwick District Council and has a leisure-centre complex which includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, five tennis courts and a large play area for children. Other features of the park include a cafe, the town's war memorial, and a museum charting the history of the abbey, located in the old barn. As well as these manmade attractions, there is to be found a natural lake and Finham Brook, a tributary of the River Sowe. The volunteer-run organisation Friends of Abbey Fields works with the district council to maintain the park.

As the largest park in the town, it hosts a number of well-known events each year, such as the Lions Club show, the town carnival, bonfire night events and the Boxing Day charity duck race. It is also an orienteering venue used by the Midlands club Octavian Droobers.
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  • Kenilworth is a small town with a big, historic heart. Within sight of the magnificent castle ruins and just a few minutes'walk away, are the Abbey Fields, now a splendid park in which to stroll or...  more »
  • Good open space to walk round in with the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey to look at. St Nicholas church is still there, though not currently open. Most of the ruins were uncovered and then buried again...  more »
  • One of the best parts of Kenilworth. Full of history. If you like swimming there is an indoor pool as you can't swim outside. There is a good size kids area. If you kid is very young or a toddler then they have their own play area. I love it when it has the fun fair there as it really comes alive. Nice for dog walks or exercise! Great area to think to as I gone there to think many of times.
  • Kids love this place. Two good sized play areas for both the eldest and youngest, nice walk around the water and plenty of space for a ball game or just to chill out. A family favourite.
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