See the meeting place of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot conspirators, the former Old Red Lion Inn (now a private residence known as Guy Fawkes House). Or find where the poet Longfellow allegedly stayed and wrote poetry: as a one-time coaching stopover, Dunchurch has attracted its fair share of famous names.
While away some time admiring buildings that date back to the 15th century and have a look around the church, which includes a Norman font among its treasures. A short distance away is Draycote Water, a 650-acre reservoir that is brilliant for birdspotting and watersports – feeling energetic? With so much to do in the local area it is well worth staying a night or two. Find accommodation in Dunchurch.
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.
Here’s something to perk up the senses: a series of small demonstration gardens full of colour and scent where you can learn about growing herbs, and see fields of rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley. Over 500 varieties of culinary, medicinal and scented herbs are available for sale, including 25 types of rosemary, 25 of lavender and 35 of thyme. Stop for a snack and sample the tasty flavours of fresh herbs, then meander along the nature trail down the valley and through the fields to the wood.
This generally level section of National Route 41 uses some former railway lines and is open between Rugby and Warwick. It is known as The Lias Line after the locally quarried Blue Lias stone. The ride is a linear route that starts or ends at Rugby rail station, with stopping points at Leamington Spa or Warwick town centres and rail stations – cycle back or return by train. The trail can be extended, linking to the Warwick to Wellesbourne trail and on to Stratford-upon-Avon.
This circular route in central Warwickshire conveniently starts and finishes at the Blue Lias pub; Blue Lias is a hard stone used for building in many local villages. Depart Long Itchington at bridge number 23 on the Grand Union Canal and pass Stockton Locks. Follow the towpath and on to Napton Hill, from where you can spy seven counties on a clear day. Then it’s back, via 12th-century St Michael's Church, to beautiful Stockton Reservoir.
Styled to create a light, contemporary environment, this country hotel (AA 3 star) has an AA 1-rosette restaurant that offers an exciting choice of cuisine. We enjoy a central location, easily accessible from all Midlands motorway networks yet surrounded by the picturesque Warwickshire countryside and close to beautiful Draycote Water.
You will find the privately owned Golden Lion (AA 3-star accommodation) in one of Warwickshire’s most picturesque and best-kept rural villages. We have a welcoming bar, plus an award-winning restaurant in the original 16th-century building where you can enjoy outstanding dishes made with locally sourced produce. We are The Good Pub Guide recommended.
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