The Great Hall in Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick
Exterior grounds of Kenilworth Castle


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England is a land steeped in history and tradition, and nowhere more so than Shakespeare’s England, where reminders of ages past lie around every corner, just waiting to be discovered.
No visit to Shakespeare’s England could be complete without paying homage to the Bard himself at the five Shakespeare family homes – his Birthplace, New Place, Hall’s Croft, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and Mary Arden’s Farm – as well as the very Schoolroom the young Will was taught to write in, but you won’t have to go far to see that there’s so much more to Warwickshire than the world’s greatest writer.
With everything from grand stately homes like Stoneleigh Abbey, where both Queen Victoria and Jane Austen have stayed, to majestic churches such as St Mary’s Church in Warwick, Shakespeare’s England is your gateway to Britain’s past; sometimes mysterious, sometimes peculiar, but always fascinating.

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The Great Hall in Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick

Lord Leycester Hospital

An historic group of timber-framed buildings dating from the late 14th century clustered round the Norman gateway into Warwick, less than five minutes walk from Warwick Castle. For 150 years it was the home of Warwick’s Mediaeval Guilds. In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I it became a place of retirement for Ex-Servicemen and their wives. So it remains today and welcomes visitors from all over the world throughout the year. The Master’s Garden, a tiny beautiful tranquil garden hidden behind the Master’s House, features a 12th Century Norman arch, an Egyptian ‘Nilometer’ and a very early pineapple pit.  

Ragley Hall, Park & Gardens

Ragley Hall, at the heart of the Ragley Estate, is the ancestral family home of the 9th Marquess of Herford. This magnificent Palladian property dates back to 1680 and is open on select dates throughout the year for guided tours of the impressive state rooms, which can also be hired exclusively for wedding ceremonies and corporate events. Located just outside the ancient market town of Alcester, Ragley has been open to the public since 1958 when it one of the very first stately homes in the country to do so. Memorable, versatile and set in the rolling Warwickshire countryside, Ragley…

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…

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…

Anne Hathaway's Cottage - Exterior Gardens

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the family home of Shakespeare’s bride-to-be, is the most romantic of the Shakespeare houses. Savour the rural beauty of the place where Anne grew up and lived for many years. The pretty thatched farmhouse has stunning grounds and gardens, overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs during the summer months. The location where William courted his future bride is in Shottery, a hamlet within the parish of Stratford-upon-Avon. Just over one mile from the town centre, it can be easily accessed via a pleasant, well sign-posted footpath. Explore this charming old cottage, home to the Hathaway’s for…