For a flavour of this bustling little market town’s heritage head straight for the historic centre and Market Place with its 18th-century buildings, the 16th-century timber-framed Old Swan, an atmospheric coaching inn and the Old Bank House (1711). See, too, Merevale Church on the outskirts, originally the gate chapel to the abbey.
Small, unique bookshops appeal to magpie instincts, there’s a monthly farmers’ market, and nearby Kingsbury Water Park is great for birdwatching and cycling. Or visit Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park—Atherstone’s links to the final chapter of the Wars of the Roses are closer than you might realise!
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Discover a beautiful Elizabethan mansion house built on the site of a 12th-century Augustinian priory. The home of the Newdegate family for over 400 years, Arbury Hall was transformed in the 18th century to become England’s most breathtaking example of early Gothic Revival architecture. Wander rooms featuring spectacular fan vaulted ceilings, antique furniture and fascinating portraits, and spot scenes famously described by George Eliot, who was born on the estate. Then explore gardens, wooded walks and lakes created in the enchanting picturesque manner of the 18th century -- the Rose Garden hedged by ancient yew is sheer magic.
Follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I and explore the romantic ruins of the castle she granted to her court favourite Robert Dudley in 1563. Dudley famously treated the Queen to dazzling entertainments at his palace in 1575, and an exhibition in the Gatehouse reveals secrets of their intriguing love story – you can even hold your wedding here. Continue your royal tour around the authentically recreated Elizabethan Garden featuring magnificently carved arbours, colourful plantings, a spectacular fountain and bejewelled aviary.
You can also time travel at lively events throughout the year, from fighting knights and medieval jousts in summer, to children’s school holiday trails and winter storytelling in the Gatehouse.
Up for a challenge? Try this 16-mile mountain bike expedition from Pooley Country Park exploring northern Warwickshire. Around 6 miles are off-road and you are mainly on quiet lanes, in a little-known area of the county that surprises with pleasing views. The trail passes a varied mix of nature reserve and villages (and country pubs!), while also following a Saxon salt traders’ route.
Discover an endlessly varied country walk within easy reach of Birmingham, offering opportunities for birdwatching on water and meadow. Stroll by the lakes of Kingsbury Water Park, Warwickshire's premier waterside attraction; there are 15 lakes in more than 600 acres of countryside. Then walk the banks of the River Tame and past Curdworth Locks on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal. Stop for refreshments at the park’s visitor centre or watch events taking place.
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