The larger towns of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa provide visitors to Warwickshire with a wealth of places to visit and enjoy.
Warwick on the River Avon is home to a wealth of history. Visit Warwick Castle built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and spend a day looking round the castle, exploring the gardens and enjoying the regular shows and entertainment. Visit the Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum to view the collection of memorabilia including medals, weapons and uniforms or take in Warwick Museum at Market Hall or St. Johns Museum with its military history. The town itself is a delight, peppered with tea rooms, cafes and restaurants to provide refreshments whilst you browse the antique rooms, gift shops, art galleries and independent boutiques.
Royal Leamington Spa is a vibrant, lively town with a selection of independent boutiques and retail shops set in stunning architecture and wide boulevards. Leave the car behind – Royal Leamington Spa is a compact town best explored on foot. Hire out a boat and float down the River Leam, explore the Lansdowne Crescent or follow the Heritage Trail to discover the story of the Elephant Walk. Elsewhere in Royal Leamington Spa you will find the Jephson Gardens, The Royal Pump Rooms – perhaps the most famous of the baths opened in the town in the 18th and 19th centuries or perhaps head for the open space of Newbold Comyn.
The medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon one Britain’s most popular tourist locations, is best known as the 16th century birthplace of William Shakespeare, famous for Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet amongst other works. Discover the life and times of the English poet and playwright by visiting a string of buildings including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Mary Arden’s Farm, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Hall’s Croft, Nash’s House and New Place.
Set on the banks of the Avon, there is more to Stratford-upon-Avon than Shakespeare, so take time to explore the side streets, visit the historic buildings and range of cafes, tea rooms, art galleries and antique shops. Pay a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company or go MAD – visit the Mechanical Art and Design Museum.
Warwickshire has a number of stately homes for visitors to explore and enjoy. Arbury Hall is an Elizabethan mansion set in acres of landscaped gardens. Charlecote Park south of Warwick is a stunning Tudor mansion and the house and gardens are well worth visiting whilst Compton Verney also has acres of garden designed by Capability Brown. Ragley Hall, Coughton Court, Upton House, Packwood House and the magnificent Stoneleigh Abbey are all great places to spend a day.
Warwickshire’s famous names include the Bard Williams Shakespeare, actors David Bradley and Adam Woodyatt, actress Kate O’Mara and novelist George Eliot who books include Silas Marner, The Mill On The Floss and Middlemarch.
Warwickshire has a large range of annual events, including The Kenilworth & District Agricultural Society at Stoneleigh Park and festivals such as Camper Calling at Ragley Hall. Enjoy the Warwick Food Festival, plus those at Nuneaton and Kenilworth for something tasty to eat. Stratford-upon-Avon hosts a packed programme of events including music, literary, arts, food and beer and cider festivals.
Edgbaston, home of Warwickshire cricket, is a test match ground and host to many entertaining T20 matches.
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