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.
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
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