First stop: St Mary the Virgin Church, which has stood at the heart of Stoneleigh for 800 years and contains a Norman font and interesting effigies. Pick up information on the history of the village and its buildings here. Then immerse yourself in the restored splendour of Stoneleigh Abbey or check the calendar for what’s on at Stoneleigh Park, home of The Royal Agricultural Society of England and a hub for rural activities.
Enjoy a walk and a picnic in 100-acre Ryton Pools Country Park, or maybe even ramble a short stretch of the Centenary Way from Stoneleigh to Kenilworth Castle. See accommodation near Stoneleigh.
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.
This enticing house, originally 16th century, was restored between the world wars to create a memorable 20th-century evocation of domestic Tudor architecture. Look out for fine 16th-century textiles and furniture as well as delicate stained-glass windows. Outside you’ll find romantic herbaceous borders, and a spiral path leads to the extraordinary Yew Garden whose bulging, cylindrical and conical topiary is said to represent the Sermon on the Mount, including The Master, 12 Apostles and four Evangelists.
Spin around some of the finest Warwickshire countryside on this superb 25-mile trail. Leaving Warwick, cycle along the valley of the River Avon before passing the waterside village of Wellesbourne. The stunning cross-country route to Chesterton Windmill then returns via Regency Royal Leamington Spa to historic Warwick.
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.
Our small, four-barrel micro brewery in historic Warwick is dedicated to the creation of quality handcrafted traditional beers and ales. You are very welcome to visit and look around – please call us so we can book you in for an unforgettable experience. Look out for our beers and ales in local pubs.
Peter and Antje Knibb’s AA 2-rosette restaurant has been restyled by designer Emma McIvor to create a feeling of luxury and comfort. Fine dining menus have been created using the best, freshest seasonal products, with good wines to match, as befits a couple that has a background in Michelin-starred restaurants.
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