Warwickshire Things to Do

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Warwickshire Things to Do

  • Shakespeare's Birthplace

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    Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do

    A crowd filling a house with not much to see, only mattering for being Shakespeare's birthplace, forced a quick visit. The peasant look of the city is very welcoming, and, in Spring, with flowers blooming everywhere, it is a nice escape from the skyscrapers and haze of London.

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  • Warwick Castle

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    Warwick Things to Do

    Warwick Castle is over a thousand years old with the first fortifications being supposedly erected by Ethelfleda, daughter of king Alfred the Great in the year 914 as part of a network to protect the Kingdom of Mercia, the present castle is a Norman motte-and-bailey type built in the 11th century. The castle is well maintained with magnificent...

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  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage

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    Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do

    Although it’s called a cottage it was really a substantial twelve roomed Elizabethan farmhouse, the lower part was built in the early 1460's and subsequently extended in about 1623. The cottage remained in the Hathaway family until 1892, when it was bought along with some furnishings by the Birthplace Trust, who restored it to its original...

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  • Church of the Holy Trinity

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    Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do

    Located on the banks of the River Avon in Stratford, the Church was first mentioned in 845. Two Churches were in this location before the present limestone building was begun in 1210 and built in the shape of a cross. Inside, is the finest renaissance tomb in all England, that of George Carew (died 1629) and his wife. When I walked to the Church,...

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  • New Place & Nash's House

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    Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do

    This house is found next door to Shakespeare’s (now demolished) house, New House. It belonged to Thomas Nash, who was married to Elizabeth Hall, Shakespeare’s granddaughter. She was the daughter of John and Susanna Hall. Susannah was Shakespeare’s first born. It is a beautiful large home, in the typical half-timbered style. IT has ornate woodwork...

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  • Hall's Croft

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    Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do

    Hall’s Croft is named after Dr. John Hall, who married Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna. Built in 1613 this impressive piece of architecture reflects the Hall's comparative wealth and status. Inside is an exhibition of medicine with references to remedies and potions mentioned in some of Shakespeare’s plays. Most of the furniture dates from the first...

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  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre

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    Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do

    I'm sure most tourists come to Stratford because of the Shakespeare connection, and there really is no substitute for going to a performance in the recently redeveloped Royal Shakespeare theatre. I have been to see Richard II, Henry IV parts I and II, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Loves Labours Lost, Othello and The Merchant of Venice and have tried...

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  • The Gower Memorial

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    Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do

    The memorial was presented to the town of Stratford in 1888 by Lord Ronald Sutherland Gower and show William Shakespeare seated on a pedestal, surrounded, at ground level, by figures of Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Prince Hal, and Falstaff. These literary characters from his plays represent Philosophy, Tragedy, History, and Comedy

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  • Harvard House

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    Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do

    I had been expecting to follow my visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace with a visit to the house that the adult Shakespeare bought in 1597 as a grand home worthy of his status as one of the most prosperous men in Stratford - New Place. However, at the time of my visit (June 2015) it was closed for conservation work. Instead, visitors are offered the...

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  • The Guild Chapel

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    Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do

    The Guild Chapel actually resemble's a Church more than a Chapel. It was established during the 13th century, then rebuilt 200 years later. It's an important religious landmark which has some very well preserved 16th-century frescoes on the interior wall's. It was free to enter. Inside a Doom is painted above the chancel arch, one of the largest...

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  • Bancroft Gardens

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    Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do

    The Bancroft Gardens are located on the bank of the River Avon and in front of the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre. After enjoying our meal in Stratford, we walked to these garden's to sit for a while before heading to our Hotel. There weren't many people around, so as soon as the lovely White Swan's saw us, they all came swimming to be fed! We...

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  • Mary Arden's Farm

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    Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do

    This farmhouse was the home of Mary Arden, William Shakespeare's mother. When she married John Shakespeare, she moved into Stratford-upon-Avon. It is a lovely tudor house, with loads of character and antiquity! It has many outbuildings and nice land, which is lovely for the children visiting. They have a falconry display which is enjoyable, plus...

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  • Whitnash

    Whitnash is a small growing town about a mile to the south of Leamington Spa, with the town itself occupies a strip of country about 3 miles long but less than a mile wide. Must see sights/attractions include: the Plough and Harrow public house and St Margaret's Parish Church which dates from Saxon timesJanuary 2016See My Travel Page for more...

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  • Henley-in-Arden

    Henley-in-Arden is a medieval market town, known simply as Henley its full name is a reference to the former Forest of Arden. The town is known for its variety of historic buildings, some of which date back to medieval times and wide variety of preserved architectural styles. Must see sights/attractions include: the Guild hall, the parish churches...

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  • Warwick

    Historic Warwick is a great centre for the tourist, with its many antique, china and gift shops and a regular market every Saturday. There is also a wide variety of small specialised shops located around the Market Square, Swan Street and Smith Street plus a selection of pubs, fine restaurants and tearoomsThe name Warwick derives from ye olde...

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  • Stratford-upon-Avon

    Famous the world over as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford is set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon; it is also one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK. Stratford is also home to the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) whose plays are on throughout the year. Must see sights...

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  • Rugby

    Located in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, Rugby is known throughout the world as the home of rugby football and, as you would expect, many of its attractions stir the passions of the rugby enthusiast. It was at Rugby School that Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran. Must see sights include: Rugby School and its museum, the art gallery...

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  • Kenilworth

    Kenilworth is a delightful Warwickshire town, with many historical buildings, including its famous castle. The Doomsday Book (circa 1086) reveals that the Kenilworth of 900 years ago was a humble agricultural settlement with a population of less than 100. It has a fascinating old town, bordering the picturesque Abbey Fields. Must see sights...

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  • WELLESBOURNE WATERMILL

    Wellsbourne Watermill is a nice place to stop - even for just a snack in their tearoom. The scones there are award-winning and made with the mill's own flour. There are nature walks and the mill is one of only a few left in all of England. Demonstrations are done on the hour - 10 to 4 - during the day. Admission to the tearoom is free - the mill is...

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  • Warwick: England's Finest Medieval...

    Warwick Castle is the best example, in the best condition, of all England's medieval castles. The original earthen ramparts were built by order of Ethelfleda, daughter of King Alfred the Great, in 914. In 1068, following his victory at Hastings, William the Conqueror had a stronger wooden fort constructed here. The stone walls date back to the 13th...

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  • Royal Leamington Spa

    Leamington Spa has the rare distinction of the right to use the prefix “Royal” through the grant of a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in July 1838, a name that is only used by tourists. Leamington Spa is a medium-sized town in Warwickshire, in the heart of the English countryside. It has a Georgian town centre with a modern shopping mall and a spa...

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  • Warwick Castle

    The star attraction of Warwickshire (in fact one of the top tourist attractions in the UK) is Warwick Castle but I have to confess to being a tad disappointed when I went.The castle itself is a fine example of an 11th century Norman building but it is terribly over commercialised and shockingly expensive.I found the most enjoyable parts to be the...

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  • Visit Stratford upon Avon

    There is a wealth of things to see and do in Stratford, most of which are linked in someway to William Shakespeare who was born, lived and buried in the town.We didn't want to pay to go into any of the attractions but it was good to wander along the banks of the river and to do a short circuit in the town before returning to our convenient parking...

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  • Explore Charlecote House

    Dating back to Elizabethan times of around 1550 this impressive mansion is the earliest of the major buildings in Warwickshire to survive from that time. It is the ancestral home of the Lucy family, built by Sir Thomas Lucy it has remained occupied by that family to this day although the National Trust now owns and maintains the property and...

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  • Stroll around the grounds of Charlecote...

    The National Trust property of Charlecote Park and House some 6 miles from Stratford on Avon is a good place to experience some of the more genteel aspects of the history and landscape of this part of Warwickshire. The grounds were designed and laid out around 1760 by Capability Brown the landscape architect.The entry fee is £4.50 per adult for the...

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  • Hatton Locks

    Just 2 or 3 miles north of Warwick is the village of Hatton. Here the Grand Union canal has one of the most amazing sights of any of Britain's waterways. The 21 locks that are known as the "Stairway to Heaven".If you are in the area, maybe to visit Warwick castle or Hatton Country Park then a stop at Hatton Locks is a must. There is a cafe there...

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  • Henley in Arden

    Just 12 miles north west of Stratford and on the Stratford-Birmingham trainline is the market town of Henley-in-Arden. A delightful town - it's high street is 1.5 miles long and contains some 150 registered buildings of historical or architectural importance. With its many 'olde worlde' pubs, award-wining restaurants, the famed Henley icecream,...

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  • Warwick and Worcester

    We had a very nice time in the Stratford area. We spent one day wandering around Warwick, which was very nice. I couldn't bring myself to pay for the castle, though! It is a huge building and very well preserved but, well, we have plenty of castles here. I think they should do a separate ticket for the gardens - I would have liked to have seen...

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  • Warwick Castle

    Warwick Castle is a stunning Norman castle. Which with imagination and effort it has been brought into the 21st century and is a fun, hands on place for all ages. The walls are 2.4 &6m thick, there's a portcullis, dungeons, a 44.8m high tower, and the largest trebuchet in the world to name but a few of the attractions.You will find many of the...

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  • UPTON HOUSE & GARDENS

    One of our favorite stops in Warwickshire was at the fantastic Upton House. Built in the 16th century, visitors now see how it looked in the 1920's and 30's when the house belonged to Shell Oil tycoon, Walter Samuel, also known as Viscount Bearsted. His collection of paintings and porcelain are displayed throughout the magnificent house and include...

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  • CHARLECOTE PARK

    Charlecote Park is a beautiful National Trust property near Warwick. That means there's a fee for anyone not having a membership with the National Trust. We sure get our money's worth having their cards. This spacious house was built in 1550 for the Lucy family which still lives in part of the building. Shakespeare and Elizabeth I were both...

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  • KENILWORTH CASTLE

    Kenilworth Castle is one of the more spectacular ruins to be found in Warwickshire. It may look deserted, but the gatehouse has been restored and can be visited and there is also a castle tearoom. The views are spectacular from all sides, and we drove around looking for the best angles. There is a lot of history associated with the castle -...

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  • COMPTON VERNEY

    Compton Verney was one of our favorite places in Warwickshire. Don't miss it! It's a large mansion with beautiful scenery and parkland designed by Capability Brown. But the real attraction is a modern museum inside. The Chinese collection was outstanding plus there are art works from Italy, Germany and other parts of the world, including folk art...

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  • Warwick Castle

    Warwick and Warwick Castle are both found in the county of Warwickshire.Warwick Castle is the finest (in my opinion) example of a medieval castle. It is intact and shows you how the castle dwellers, and their servants, lived in medieval days.Madame Tussauds owns Warwick Castle, and there are magnificent wax figures displayed, which makes the ornate...

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  • Cathedrals, churches and chapels

    There are many to see in Warwickshire, and I have only seen a handful - thus far!The inscription above William Shakeperae's grave reads:'Good frend for Jesus sake forbeare,to digg the dust enclosed heare.Blese be y man y spares hes stones,and curst be he y moves my bones.This lies in the chapel of The Holy Trinity Church. Less well known is the...

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  • Stratford-upon-Avon

    Ah, a town after my own heart!It's quite easy to get caught up in the lovely character of the town, the charm of the architecture, the beauty of the River Avon... one needs to remember though what this town is about and why it is so well known.Much of this town is dedicated to the memory of a man who had an enormous impact on English literature,...

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  • Kenilworth Castle

    Kenilworth Castle is one of the most picturesque of all English Castles - stunning red ruins, parkland, formal gardens all contribute to a fascinating place which also significantly contributes to English history.There's been a castle on the site since the beginning of the 12th century - Geoffrey de Clinton as King's Chamrberlain was given the...

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  • Upton House - Gardens

    The house also has superb gardens. At the rear of the house is a large flat lawn, with formal pond, bounded by a ha ha, with a steep drop of to terraces with two flights of steps, which lead down to a former orchard, the nuttery, and a large pond with many fish and water lillies. On the terraces is good collection of soft fruits (could not resist...

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  • Upton House

    Upton House is a spectacular country house of grand proprtions whic contains a fine dollection of art. There are works by Breughel, El Greco, and Holbein to be seen.The house itself was built in 1695, from the local mellow stone, and is much in appearance today, as when it was conceived.Lord Bearsted, chairman of Shell, bought and extensively...

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  • Charlecote Park - Formal Gardens

    Besides the deer park, the house also has grand formal gardens. Especially of note is the magnificent parterre garden at the rear of the house, with its steps straight doen onto the river Avon,

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  • Charlecote Park - Deer Park

    The deer park covers some 188 acres, and there walks of varying length around it. it was landscaped by Capabilty Brown in the 1760's. The entire herd had to be culled in 2002, but it has now been restocked with with a sizable herd of fallow deer.

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  • Charlecote Park - The Deer Herd

    In 2002 a new herd of 32 fallow deer were introduced, They are very approachable and you can get within 10 metres (or was I just lucky?)

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  • Charlecote Park - Gatehouse

    The first thing you see when approaching the house from the car park is the magnificent gatehouse. Me, I could live in this structure alone. It houses a room with an introductory video of ther house and family, and a Ntional trust book shop.

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  • Charlecote Park

    The park has been in the hands of the Lucy family for over 700 years. The present house dates back to the 16th century. It stands on the banks of the river Avon. There is a legend that Shakespeare poached deer in the grounds, was briefly incarcerated and then fled to London, where he wrote a few plays and things. The rest as they say is...

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  • Warwick Castle

    One of the most fantastic medevil castles in the UK, there is lots to see and do at Warwick Castle. We were there in the summer and there were loads of costumed staff directing you around for your visit. Jousting and fighting and demonstartions of pirds of prey were also put on. There are dungeons, laid out regal rooms from the hayday of the...

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