Look up the refurbished Old Market Hall for an exhibition about Coleshill past and present – note the historic stocks outside, complete with pillory and whipping post (no half measures here!). The 14th/15th-century Church of St Peter and St Paul, built in fine Decorated style, reveals further oddities such as the famous ‘six-fingered hand’ memorial brass.
The steep main street flanked by Georgian architecture, and coaching inns from the days when Coleshill was a staging post, are now joined by exclusive shops, restaurants and hotels: perfect for staying and as a base for touring. There’s a monthly farmers’ market too. Find somewhere to stay in Coleshill.
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.
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.
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.
Choose Pooley Country Park as your base for a series of walks from the former Pooley Hall Colliery, part of North Warwickshire’s mining heritage. The park is within easy reach of Birmingham and the M42, as well as bus routes. Your walk to Alvecote takes in a nature reserve, the Coventry Canal with its popular marina full of moored boats, and passes three villages. It’s a mainly easygoing lowland walk – apart from one fairly steep hill!
C H Rowley is a third generation family butcher and abattoir, with traditional butcher’s shop and mobile community shop. Our skilled butchers can produce any cut of meat for you and we sell beef, lamb and pork, all from farms within a ten-mile radius, plus poultry, game, eggs and our handmade pies and sausages.
Relax in our cosy country pub with low-beamed ceilings and stone fireplaces. We serve beers from the nearby Tunnel Brewery and we have up to ten real ales available at any one time, plus English wines and farm cider. We also provide straightforward but tasty bar food (weekdays and Saturday). The Good Pub Guide award winners 2009.
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