View intriguing finds from archaeological digs in Roman Alcester museum – Alcester is among the country’s most investigated small Roman towns. Then follow the heritage trail, featuring Warwickshire’s oldest inhabited house (1385), Tudor merchants’ houses and the red-brick cottages of Victorian needlemakers. The 17th-century Town Hall once contained a lock-up and St Nicholas Church boasts a fine 14th-century tower.
A range of independently owned shops, from antiques to jewellery, is in good supply, while tempting annual events include the Alcester & Forest of Arden Food Festival. Alcester is also an ideal base for visiting nearby Coughton Court and Ragley Hall, or catching some theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. View accommodation near Alcester.
Few historic mansions undergo such an unusual transformation as Compton Verney: from a derelict Georgian home into an inspirational gallery of international standing. Combine a look around restored Grade 1-listed buildings and new spaces, as you browse the diverse art collections. And do enjoy the Grade 2*-listed classical park landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown. Sweeping grassland, ornamental lakes and Cedars of Lebanon offer the perfect backdrop for a picnic. Pick up a grounds leaflet or borrow an audio tour from the Ticket Desk to learn more about the park’s hidden stories and history.
Immerse yourself in 11 centuries of dramatic history, myth and adventure as you scramble around breathtaking ramparts and towers. Warwick Castle has survived attack, siege and fire, served as a power base of the Earls of Warwick, a royal prison, and favourite haunt of Victorian high society. Discover its exciting past in dungeons and lavish state rooms, see the world’s largest working siege machine and join the mighty medieval Kingmaker Richard Neville on the eve of battle. Merlin: The Dragon Tower, ghosts and a Royal Weekend Party will fill your day with fascination.
New for 2013 is Warwick Castle Unlocked, allowing you into four centuries of secret towers and passageways, and there’s always a packed calendar of special events like dragon egg hunts, re-enactments and medieval banqueting.
Why not mix town and countryside, and Shakespeare with the Gunpowder Plot? This 27-mile circuit around central Warwickshire includes a level, traffic-free canal towpath stretch, and shortcuts also make 20- and 11-mile rides. Start this trail from any of the numerous local villages and attractions, such as Mary Arden’s (home of Shakespeare’s mother). Places of interest near the route include Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Edstone canal aqueduct, historic Alcester and Kinwarton Dovecote.
Explore a truly pleasant area of rural western Warwickshire, not far from Stratford-upon-Avon and the market town of Henley-in-Arden. Alternatively, you might consider arriving at Wootton Wawen rail station. Starting from Edstone viaduct, venture along the waterways and into the local countryside, taking the opportunity to look around the wonderful sounding village of Wootton Wawen. Noted features of the walk include the aqueducts carrying the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal across the valley.
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A reputed watering hole of William Shakespeare, this 17th-century pub overflows with atmosphere – exposed beams and flagstone floors, oak furniture, open fireplaces, and of course there’s a warm welcome from Colin and Teresa. You’ll find quality pub food combined with more innovative cuisine, as well as a really good pint. Featured in Michelin’s Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2011 and The Good Pub Guide 2011.
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