Stratford-upon-Avon Visitor Information Centre
Tel: 01789 264293
The Heritage Centre provides a good introduction to Henley-in-Arden and its medieval settlement as a market town. Wander the High Street – there are more than 170 listed buildings – to Perpendicular-style St John the Baptist Church and the 15th-century Guild Hall where the historic Court Leet gathers (officers include an ale taster). Ancient inns, restaurants and pubs give lots of excuses to pause along the way.
Norman St Nicholas Church stands just over the river and there’s a walk up to The Mount that rewards with exhilarating views. Summer Sunday Shakespeare Express steam trains running between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham also call at Henley – hop aboard. Find somewhere to stay in Henley-in-Arden.
Was Shakespeare caught poaching deer at Charlecote Park? Come and find out, and uncover strong associations with Queen Elizabeth I, too. Charlecote Park has been home to the Lucy family for over 700 years and its mellow brickwork and tall chimneys are the very essence of Tudor England. Inside you can see how the house was remodelled in Victorian times and get a taste for 'downstairs' life in the kitchen and scullery. Relax in gardens that include a formal parterre, sensory garden and woodland, or step out on a walk across the ‘Capability’ Brown-inspired parkland, still with fallow deer.
Unlock the secrets of a home that offered a haven to Catholics persecuted in the Elizabethan era. Atmospheric interiors throughout the house conjure the comforts of the times, yet this moated medieval manor also conceals no fewer than three priest’s holes: just imagine the hold-your-breath moments endured by someone in hiding. Stretch your legs in the delightful garden complete with stewponds and lake, find out what’s fresh in the vegetable garden, or follow the lovely nature walk.
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!
Unwind on this gentle walk that explores the countryside east of Henley-in-Arden, taking in several parish churches and the remains of a Norman castle. The route heads to Preston Bagot and its picturesque church. Continuing on, it reaches the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, following the towpath north to Finwood Bridge. Clear waymarking along the Heart of England Way returns you to Henley-in-Arden and its gorgeous timbered high street with appealing independent shops and cafes.
Rachel’s Cupcakes, based at Yew Tree Farm, bakes the most divine cupcakes, from Very Vanilla to Luscious Lemon and even Cocktail Cupcakes. Bespoke creations are our speciality, whether birthday cakes or popular wedding cupcake towers, and daily selections of our flavours may also be purchased at the farm.
Indulge in traditional elegance combined with modern luxury at this hotel, country club and spa, a superb venue for 4-star breaks, conferences, weddings and civil ceremonies. The emphasis is on relaxation, whether you are dining in the Lodge Restaurant (AA 1 rosette) overlooking the lake, or taking afternoon tea in the beautiful Oak Room.
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