Warwickshire is one of England’s most beautiful counties with historic houses, rolling countryside, ancient castles and attractive settlements. The most notable town is Stratford upon Avon with all its Shakespeare connections, but historic Warwick is widely visited too. Hear are our reviews of tourist attractions in Warwickshire and remember, all our attraction reviews are based on personal visits:
- Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
The Royal Shakespeare Company theatre complex in Stratford upon Avon is one of the biggest attractions in the town. It had a major renovation and re-development recently and opened again in 2010 and it’s well worth seeing. The re-modelling has totally transformed the original building with a new frontage, new bits bolted on the side and a giant tower which now dominates the public park below.
- Mary Arden’s Farm, near Stratford upon Avon
Mary Arden’s farm was the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother. The attraction is on a large plot just outside Stratford upon Avon and there are lots of things to see on your visit.
- Charlecote Park, Warwickshire
Charlecote Park is an attractive stately home located between Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick. It’s run by the National Trust, but in its past it was a family home that was once visited by Elizabeth the 1st. The owners built a special gatehouse in her honour which is one of the most attractive features of the house. It’s almost like a almost like a miniature version of the house itself and you can climb to the top of the gatehouse for a great view of the park.
- Shakespeare’s Grave, Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare’s Grave is situated inside his former parish church in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. You’ll find his tomb marked by a gravestone in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church alongside other members of his family. There is also an extra memorial to Shakespeare with a bust which is a feature on the wall. His grave is outlined with a blue rope (see above) and his wife Anne is next to him.
- Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
Warwick Castle is one of the best preserved castles in England and there’s plenty to see and do when you visit because it’s had plenty of money spent on it as part of the Tussauds group of attractions. There’s more on the entertainment experiences in a moment, but never forget that the building itself is the real star here. It has luxurious historic rooms laid out as they would have been in the castle’s heyday in the time of the Earls of Warwick.
- Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
Kenilworth Castle is the former home of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who had a steamy love affair with Queen Elizabeth 1st. The Queen visited the castle a number of times, but most notably in 1575 when Dudley created a garden for her. This garden was recently re-created as it was in Elizabeth’s day but much of the actual castle is not as it was in that time and instead stands in ruins.
- Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Stratford upon Avon
Think of the most attractive “chocolate-box” thatched cottage that you can, and it still wouldn’t be a patch on this one! This was the family home of Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway and he would have visited the cottage when he was ‘courting’ her. Shakespeare never actually lived here though as once they were married, they moved into Stratford to Shakespeare’s family home, now known as Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
MORE ON WARWICKSHIRE
Shakespeare Country – Official website
Hotels in Stratford-upon-Avon – Best prices from Hotels.com
Hotels in Warwick – We recommend Hotels.com for the best prices
Warwick Hilton – Where we stayed – it’s a lovely hotel
Stratford Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour – From City Sightseeing
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – Discount admission to the Shakespeare properties
Stratford Upon Avon Guide Books – Amazon.co.uk
Shakespeare Country Travel Guide – From our sister site, Free-City-Guides.com