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.
Middleton Hall may not be well known, but it is packed with surprises, among them evidence of an incredible range of domestic architecture from the late 13th to early 19th centuries and including a Tudor-origin Great Hall. There are also many famous associations, not least with Queen Elizabeth I, who stayed here after the historic festivities at Kenilworth in 1575. You will be further intrigued by the Hall’s links with numerous pioneers, in fields as diverse as exploration and natural sciences.
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.
Hartshill Hayes Country Park is a great place to start a number of trails and explore important semi-ancient woodland, in a wonderfully tranquil corner of northern Warwickshire. Stride out from here across fairly steep hills and you’ll be rewarded with superb views – on a clear day you can look out over Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. This stile-free walk includes a section along the Coventry Canal and, no doubt, you will see some narrowboats.
From the outset our brewery’s goal was to be a ‘hands-on’ craft brewery making a wide range of cask-conditioned beers. We use only good quality raw materials, such as floor-malted barley and whole hops, and we produce over two dozen different beers. Come and wet your whistle in our Tap Room.
We are Warwickshire’s only Accredited Traditional Breeds Butcher and our farm shop stocks quality fresh meats such as Gloucester Old Spot pork. We’ve crown roast of lamb, homemade sausages, dry cured traditional bacon bursting with flavour, cheeses, jams, pickles, sauces, and we’re licensed to deal in game.
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