Warwickshire

Coventry Wheel

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Overview

Explore the medieval buildings of Coventry’s cathedral quarter before arriving at Stoneleigh Abbey. Tour the Regency buildings of Royal Leamington Spa before calling at Beddesley Clinton estate. Explore Packwood House and Polesworth Abbey before arriving at Nuneaton. Visit the Midland Air Museum to see the historic collection of aeroplanes.

Coventry

Coventry is now the UK's 2021 City of Culture in-waiting. The cathedral quarter is where most visitors head for at the start of their tour. It's where the nicest old medieval and 18th-century streets are. And of course the old - and new – cathedrals.

Stoneleigh

Originally a Cistercian monastic house in 1154, it was converted at the Dissolution into a comfortable family home. The mansion house is comprised of two halves; the first, made of red sandstone, is a fine example of a Jacobean house, built from the ruins of the monastery, the second is in the Baroque style. The extensive grounds are being brought back to their original splendour.

Royal Leamington Spa

Head for the Royal Pump Rooms to learn about the history of the town and the spa. Then wander the wide streets with the Regency buildings adding a touch of glamour to the many independent shops before relaxing in the towns vast parks like Jephson Gardens or Victoria Park.

Baddesley Clinton

This National Trust property is an intimate estate with 500 years of history of the Ferrers family. The current house dates from the late 1500s.The house was a sanctuary not only for the Ferrers family, but also for persecuted Catholics who were hidden from priest hunters in its secret hiding places during the 1590s.

Packwood House

The house was originally built in the 16th century, yet its interiors were extensively restored between the First and Second World Wars by Graham Baron Ash to create a fascinating 20th-century evocation of domestic Tudor architecture. The house contains a fine collection of 16th-century textiles and furniture, and the gardens have renowned herbaceous borders and a famous collection of yews.

Polesworth

Originally founded in the 9th century although apart from the 12th-century Abbey church, now the parish church of St Editha, and the 14th-century gatehouse and the restored ruins of the cloister very little remains visible. The Gatehouse is reputedly where William Shakespeare went to school.

Arbury Hall

Like so many other great country houses, it was founded in Henry II's reign as a monastery but suffered dissolution 1536. During Queen Elizabeth I's reign it was totally rebuilt it in the Elizabethan style. The gardens at Arbury are a good example of the informal style of landscape gardening with lakes, lawns and trees as well as flower borders nearer the Hall.

Midland Air Museum

Here you will see a unique aeronautical collection founded by enthusiasts. Examples include the Vulcan bomber and Argosy freighter it also houses the Sir Frank Whittle Jet Heritage Centre.

Overview

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Coventry

2
6.1 miles

Stoneleigh

3
5.5 miles

Royal Leamington Spa

4
11.3 miles

Baddesley Clinton

5
2.7 miles

Packwood House

6
23.9 miles

Polesworth

7
11.0 miles

Arbury Hall

8
14.8 miles

Midland Air Museum

What to see and do…

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6QW

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

Castle Green, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1NG

SEA LIFE Birmingham

National SEA LIFE Centre, Brindley Place, Birmingham, Warwickshire, B1 2HL

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4QU

About the Coventry Wheel Trail

Distance:75 miles
Cities / Towns:8
Number Of Businesses:5

Start in Coventry to explore the cathedral quarter and medieval buildings before arriving at the Jacobean Stoneleigh Abbey. Visit the Regency buildings of Royal Leamington Spa – the Pump Rooms are well worth a visit. Call at the Beddesley Clinton estate before exploring the 16th century Packwood House. Discover the 9th century Polesworth Abbey and then enjoy the town of Nuneaton – the gardens at Arbury are a great place to visit. Finish up at Midland Air Museum to see the historic collection of aeroplanes.

Mansion Houses

The centre of England boasts a large number of mansion houses such that you could be spoilt for choice. Stoneleigh Abbey, Baddesley Clinton, Packwood House and Arbury Hall are all within easy reach.

Coventry Old & New

Part of the industrial midlands the city has undergone a massive regeneration following extensive damage during WW2. The ruins of the medieval cathedral sit close by the modern cathedral and transport museums and art galleries offering plenty to explore.

Regency Splendour

The town of Leamington Spa was just a tiny village before the rediscovery of its saline springs in 1784 led to the building of baths, including The Royal Pump Rooms and Baths, which claimed to relieve ‘stiffness of tendons’ and ‘rigidity of the joints’, popular with the Georgians. The town’s many fine buildings date from this period.

Also Nearby

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6QW

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

Castle Green, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1NG

SEA LIFE Birmingham

National SEA LIFE Centre, Brindley Place, Birmingham, Warwickshire, B1 2HL

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4QU