Places Of Interest
Mary Arden’s House – Wilmcote
Mary Arden’s House is the farmhouse owned by Mary Shakespeare, the mother of Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare. The house has been maintained in good condition because it had been a working farmhouse over the centuries. It was bought by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 1930 and refurnished in the Tudor style.
Ragley Hall – Alcester
The hall is the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Hertford and is one of the best kept stately homes of England. The House and the 400-acre grounds are open to the public on selected days. The Hall is filled with fine paintings, ceramics and antique furniture. The Great Hall is adorned with stunning Baroque plasterwork by James Gibbs and the Red Saloon remains exactly as it was decorated and furnished by James Wyatt in 1780.
Warwick Castle – Warwick
Britain’s Greatest Mediaeval Experience and one of the Uk’s top historic attractions, Warwick Castle is also one of the country’s most impressive ancient fortresses.
Stratford is one of England’s most historic and vibrant towns. Each year it welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors from all around the world.
Charlecote Park – Warwickshire
The mellow brickwork and great chimneys of Charlecote seem to sum up the very essence of Tudor England. There are strong associations with both Queen Elizabeth 1 and Shakespeare, who knew the house well. He is alleged to have been caught poaching the estate deer.
Coughton Court – Alcester
Coughton Court’s gardens have been described in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Members Handbook 2003 as ‘breath taking’. The Walled Garden, Bog Garden and walks alongside the River Arrow are also highly praised. The author concludes by noting that a trip to Coughton is ‘truly memorable’.
Compton Verney – Kineton
An 18th century mansion designed by Robert Adam, set in over 40 acres of parkland landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Compton Verney was established by Sir Peter Moore in 1993 to present art in accessible ways.
Hatton Country World – Hatton
Nestled amongst rolling hills lays one of Warwickshire’s truly hidden gems – Hatton Shopping Village at Hatton Country World. Built in the 1830’s as a model Victorian Farm, the buildings once housed granaries, dovecotes and cows are now home to a new Garden Centre, 20 shops and 2 restaurants. Stroll around Ransons Family Garden Centre, Toffee Shop, The Stables – Antiques and Interiors Centre, Fashion Outlets, Farm Shop and a charming selection of specialist shops that you simply can no longer find on the High Street.
Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm – Stratford-upon-Avon
Enjoy the unique pleasure of watching hundreds of the world’s most spectacular and colourful butterflies flying around.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre – Stratford –upon-Avon
Opened in 1878 on land donated by Charles Edward Flower, the original Memorial Theatre was a Victorian gothic building with seating for 711 people. The inaugural performance in the theatre was of Much Ado About Nothing, with Barry Sullivan as Benedick and Helen Faucit as Beatrice.
Swan Theatre – Stratford-upon-Avon
Built in the surviving shell of the 1870 Memorial Theatre (destroyed by fire in 1929) with funds donated by benefactor Frederick Koch, the Swan Theatre opened in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1986.
Heritage Motor Museum – Birmingham
The Heritage Motor Centre is home to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, which maintains the largest collection of classic, vintage and veteran British cars in the world.
Burton Dassett Hills- Warwickshire
Burton Dassett Hills Country Park is a country park in southeastern Warwickshire, England. It was created as a country park in 1971 and is run by Warwickshire County Council. It comprises a group of ironstone hills, which are named after the tiny village of Burton Dassett which is located in the hills. The hills rise to 203m (666 ft) above sea level and are situated half a mile east of the M40 motorway.
Hanbury Hall – Hanbury
Completed in 1701, this homely William & Mary style house is famed for its beautiful painted ceilings and staircase. It has other fascinating features including an orangery, ice house, pavilions and working mushroom house.
Broadway Tower Country Park – Broadway
Built on an ancient beacon site, Broadway Tower has a colourful history as – amongst others – home to renowned printing press Sir Thomas Phillips, country retreat for Pre-Raphaelite artists, notably the artist, designer, writer, craftsman and socialist William Morris, location for the studies of the distinguished archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans and farmhouse.
My husband and I really enjoyed a visit to Island Meadow and were very impressed with the care and attention given to the site and the conservation of the wildlife