Heritage Breaks

From historic houses to magnificent castles

From historic houses and stately homes, to magnificent castles, churches and unique museums, heritage enthusiasts will not be short of things to see in Shakespeare’s England.

On your heritage break you can become part of the Shakespeare story at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.  Fall in love with the childhood home of Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Discover the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic Tudor farm at Mary Arden’s Farm and explore the elegant Jacobean home of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna Shakespeare and her husband Dr John Hall at Hall’s Croft. The Shakespeare family houses offer an incredibly memorable experience for history fans, as costumed interpreters bring history to life with tales of what life was like in Shakespeare’s time. 

The beautiful Ragley Hall is one of Warwickshire's most stunning and magnificent stately home and is the perfect start to a journey to Shakespeare's England. 

Experience over 1100 years of history at Britain’s ultimate castle, Warwick Castle - dating back to 914, Warwick Castle has stood as an impressive Mediaveal Fortress on the banks of the river Avon for the last 1100 years.Visit historic Warwick and take a trip to the Lord Leycester Hospital, a hidden gem and a jewel in Warwick's crown. Take a guided tour from one of its resident brothers and learn about the fascinating history of these historic buildings.

Historic churches are a plenty in Shakespeare's England and St Mary's Church in Warwick will provide you with a spiritural and informative trip around one of England's most interesting churches. Or visit St Peter's Church in Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire's oldest church and learn about the story of the Saxon Sanctuary. 

A visit to one of the many National Trust heritage properties throughout Warwickshire, such as Upton House, is well worth it as a trip to Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, a vast medieval fortress and one of the most spectacular castle ruins in England. Kenilworth Castle was also the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I.  Set in the vast backdrop of rural Warwickshire and once boasting the finest architecture in Elizabethan England, you can still imagine the ornate palace Dudley created for his Queen. 

Take some time to visit attractions of historical importance

Day one - AM 

Visit Kenilworth Castle - one of England’s most magnificent castles and one of the largest historic attractions in Warwickshire. Once standing at the heart of a 1,600-ha (4,000-acre) hunting ground, and surrounded by a vast man-made lake, it represented a rich prize to the generations of royal and almost-royal great men who owned and embellished it: among them Geoffrey de Clinton, John of Gaunt, Henry V, and Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester.

The ruins are best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Dudley created an ornate palace here to impress his Queen in 1575.

You can follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I in the authentically recreated Elizabethan Garden. Lost to the world for over 400 years, it is now open to visitors. Wander through carved arbours and marvel at the bejewelled aviary and marble fountain.

PM 

Travel to Warwick and visit this historic town and discover a hidden jewel in the crown of Warwick historic buildings the Lord Leycester Hospital. The 'hospital' is not now, and has never been a medical establishment. The word hospital is used in its ancient sense meaning "a charitable institution for the housing and maintenance of the needy, infirm or aged".

The Hospital is an historic group of timber-framed buildings dating mainly from the late 14th Century clustered round the Norman gateway into Warwick with its 12th Century Chantry Chapel above it. Hidden behind the ancient buildings is the tiny but delightful Master's Garden.
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A completely unique organisation, after a visit to the Lord Leycester Hospital you will have experienced a true piece of British heritage.

Stay overnight at nearby country house Mallory Court.

Day two - AM

Visit one or all of the five historic houses associated with Shakespeare. Each house offers an incredible and memorable experience for visitors as costumed interpreters bring history to life with tales of what life was like in Shakespeare’s time.

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St Peter's Wootton Wawen, near Stratford-upon-Avon, is one of the oldest structures in England's Midlands.

Warwickshire's oldest church is a storybook in stone. Its tower saw in the last millennium and the drama of English history has swept through it ever since. Every age has left its own story, so a visit to St Peter's Church is a real adventure. 

This is a real hidden gem and one for visitors to Shakespeare’s England to discover for themselves.

Stay in a grade 1 listed building or coaching inn

There are a number of accommodation options for heritage enthusiasts in Shakespeare’s England to suit all budgets and tastes.

Ettington Park Hotel is a spectactuar neo-gothic mansion 

The Falcon Hotel is directly opposite one of the Shakespearian houses Nash’s House and New Place

Alveston Manor in Stratford-upon-Avon is an historic Tudor house hotel

Billesley Manor is a beautiful 16th Century Elizabethan Manor House

Search where to stay for other suggestions of historic accommodation in Warwickshire.