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Knights in armour and ancient castles; playful swarms of gorgeous butterflies; madcap machinery and crazy contraptions; Shakespeare’s England is the playground of your family’s dreams!

Whether it’s a weekend break or a full school holiday, there’s no time to be bored – from Warwick to Stratford-upon-Avon, you’ll find opportunities for excitement all throughout Warwickshire: you can bring history to life at Warwick Castle, examine the butterflies and minibeasts at Stratford Butterfly Farm, tread the boards with the Royal Shakespeare Company, marvel at the wacky machines in the MAD Museum, and much, much more.

In Shakespeare’s England you’ll find a host of family friendly eateries serving delicious food to suit everybody’s tastebuds, as well as quiet countryside and gardens just perfect for picnics. Finding the ideal accommodation in Warwickshire couldn’t be simpler either, with a diverse range of great places to stay, from 5 star hotels to medieval-style wooden cabins.

Take a look at Family Things to Do for some ideas on how to give your kids – small and not so small – a visit to Shakespeare’s England they’ll never want to forget!

 

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Warwick Castle

Visit Britain’s Ultimate 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. Attacked in 1264, besieged in 1642 and damaged by fire in 1871, the castle has survived the changing fortunes of history and remains one of the most well-preserved Mediaveal castles in the UK. Named recently as one of the richest families in British history, the Earl of Warwick had lots of money and knew how to spend it! As wars ceased, the Earl enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, the results of which…

Stratford Butterfly Farm

Rain or shine, discover many of the world’s most beautiful butterflies in an exotic, rainforest environment of tropical blossom with splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools. Watch in awe as hundreds of spectacular and vibrantly coloured butterflies fly and feed around you. Discover the link that Stratford Butterfly Farm has with the rainforests of Belize and the ancient Maya civilisation whose artifacts have been replicated and are now on display throughout the farm. In the Discovery Zone, there are caterpillars, cocoons, giant silk moths and shining pupae hanging on the plants. Observe the amazing life-cycle of a butterfly within the Emerging…

Royal Shakespeare Company

One of the world’s best-known theatre ensembles, the Royal Shakespeare Company performs the works of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and new writing, throughout the year in Stratford-upon-Avon. Showcasing two thrust stage auditoria, the 1,000 seat Royal Shakespeare Theatre and 450 seat Swan Theatre, bring audiences and actors closer together in the best possible setting to experience live theatre. If you don’t have time to see a performance then why not enjoy the stunning views from the Tower, discover theatrical secrets on a Theatre Tour, spend time exploring the award-winning The Play’s The Thing exhibition, relax with a coffee at The Other…

The MAD Museum

The MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum does what it says on the tin! This quirky attraction located in the centre of Stratford-upon -Avon, houses around 60 interactive mechanical contraptions and is the only one of its kind in the UK. Perfect for the whole family, The MAD Museum is a fantastic playground for adults and an exciting treasure trove for inquisitive kids. As well as being highly interactive and a lot of fun, this eccentric museum appeals to those with curious and methodical brains too. If you like art, design, science and/or engineering, The MAD Museum is for you.…

Exterior grounds of Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden

One of England’s most magnificent castles The vast medieval fortress of Kenilworth Castle is one of the largest historic visitor attractions in the West Midlands and one of the most spectacular castle ruins in England. Set in vast grounds in Warwickshire, Kenilworth is the perfect place for the whole family to go exploring and play king of the castle. Kenilworth is best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Once boasting the finest architecture in Elizabethan England, you can still imagine the ornate palace Dudley created for his Queen in Kenilworth’s magnificent ruins…

Fairytale Farm

Children will love Fairytale Farm. With our exciting adventure playground, an enchanted walk with a surprise around every corner and a chance to meet our amazing animals, there is so much to see and do. Fairytale Farm is the UK’s first fully inclusive visitor attraction, where children with disabilities are as important in our design and layout as those without disabilities, and where no pre-booking is required. Everything is accessible and everybody is welcome! We also have a cafe, shop, small indoor play area and lots of free car parking.

Farm Safari at Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

Home to Britain’s most comprehensive collection of rare breeds of British farm animals. The Cotswold Farm Park is very much a working farm, with plenty of activities for the youngsters, including rabbits and guinea pigs to stroke, lambs and goat kids to bottle feed, piglets to meet, seasonal demonstrations (lambing, shearing or milking), farm safari ride, 2-mile Wildlife Walk and play areas both indoors and outside. All the farming experiences you could wish for, with the comforts of easy parking, a restaurant, gift shop and picnic area. The Cotswold Farm Park also has its own camping and caravanning site.

British Motor Museum

Fun for all the family whatever the weather! Explore the British Motor Museum, the largest collection of historic British cars in the newly refurbished Museum, which opened in February. Take a walk down the ‘Time Road’ and discover how both motoring and family life has changed through the decades including period music and memorable events such as the introduction of double yellow lines. Travel through ‘Making British Cars’ and see how influential the motor industry has been over the years and where it is heading in the future. Get ‘Under The Skin’ and unravel the mystery of how cars work…