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.
Few historic mansions undergo such an unusual transformation as Compton Verney: from a derelict Georgian home into an inspirational gallery of international standing. Combine a look around restored Grade 1-listed buildings and new spaces, as you browse the diverse art collections. And do enjoy the Grade 2*-listed classical park landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown. Sweeping grassland, ornamental lakes and Cedars of Lebanon offer the perfect backdrop for a picnic. Pick up a grounds leaflet or borrow an audio tour from the Ticket Desk to learn more about the park’s hidden stories and history.
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!
Explore a truly pleasant area of rural western Warwickshire, not far from Stratford-upon-Avon and the market town of Henley-in-Arden. Alternatively, you might consider arriving at Wootton Wawen rail station. Starting from Edstone viaduct, venture along the waterways and into the local countryside, taking the opportunity to look around the wonderful sounding village of Wootton Wawen. Noted features of the walk include the aqueducts carrying the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal across the valley.
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