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 the grandeur of this magnificent Palladian house, family home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford. It’s an unrivalled treat, from James Gibbs’ baroque plasterwork in the Great Hall to James Wyatt’s Red Saloon. A Woodland Walk snakes through the 400-acre ‘Capability’ Brown park and there’s a Rose Garden, Winter Garden and unusual Fumpary of reclaimed tree stumps and woodland planting. Crown a visit by following the distinctive Jerwood Foundation Sculpture Trail, which includes Elisabeth Frink’s Walking Man and Antony Gormley’s Insider VIII.
Alcester, once an important Roman settlement, is nowadays a small, friendly market town that is ideally located for discovering Shakespeare’s Stratford and touring the Cotswold countryside. Take your pick of three cycle routes from the Greig Leisure Centre, to explore rural heritage sites and National Trust properties. The rides, of 10, 20 and 25 miles can also be linked into one longer 33-mile full circuit – if you’ve the energy!
Alcester was a Roman town and has been the subject of numerous archaeological digs: find out more in the fine heritage centre. Medieval buildings and street patterns remain part of today's vibrant market town, which is famous for its summer in bloom – bring your camera. This 7-mile walk sets the town into its surrounding environment with the gently flowing River Arrow and villages of Exhall, Wixford and Oversley Green.
This award-winning, family-run food business hand makes conserves, chutneys, marmalades, apple juices and smoothies. Our conserves are full of fruit so that you taste the tang of a blackcurrant or the delicate sweetness of a strawberry; jam as it should be. Our exceptional flavours are natural, with no artificial flavourings or colourings.
Run by David, Ann and Sara Turner and their families, Ellenden Farm Shop is in the beautiful Vale of Evesham – an area renowned for high quality fruit and vegetables. Buy fresh produce from our farm or sourced from local independent suppliers, including free-range meats, the Vale’s renowned asparagus and delicious handmade pies.
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