Historic Houses & Castles

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At a Glance

  • Location: 0.5 Miles North West
  • Admission (2020): £18 Adult, £12 Child
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Shakespeare's Birthplace

You can walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps with a visit to his childhood home where he was born and grew up. Listen to the tales of Shakespeare’s family life with his parents and siblings, and see some incredible artifacts that have been preserved by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Please Note – Shakespeare’s Birthplace remains open at present, but you have to pre-book your visit, so visit the website for more information.

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At a Glance

  • Location: 1.5 Miles West
  • Admission (2020): £13 Adult, £8.50 Child
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

A stunning 500 year old cottage, this is the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway, and was where Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be. Learn about Shakespeare’s romantic love story and tales of the Hathaway family.

Please Note – The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has announced that the Cottage will be closed until at least Spring 2021

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At a Glance

  • Location: 3.8 Miles North West
  • Admission (2020): £15.50 Adult, £10.50 Child
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Mary Arden's Farm

The childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother. Explore this Tudor farm with yards, playground and historical buildings, and watch some excellent craft demonstrations and even meet the animals.

Please Note – The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has announced that the Farm will be closed until at least Spring 2021

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At a Glance

  • Location: 0.4 Miles West
  • Admission (2020): £9 Adult, £6 Child
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Hall's Croft

Built in 1613, Hall’s Croft is the former home of Shakespeare’s eldest daughter, Susanna and her husband John Hall who was a compassionate physician, specialising in treating patients with herbs and plants. Wander in the walled garden and discover the fragrant herbs he would have used in his remedies.

Please Note – The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has announced that the Croft will be closed until at least Spring 2021

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At a Glance

  • Location: 8.8 Miles North East
  • Admission (2020): £20 Adult, £17 Child
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Warwick Castle

Experience 1,100 years of Britain’s history in just 1 day at one of England’s finest medieval fortresses. It’s an immersive experience with live stunt shows and attractions, spellbinding storytelling and exhilarating experiences all year-round make it one of the most exciting visitor attractions in Europe

There is real history here too, as well as ramparts and towers to explore there are grand state rooms and guided tours, following in the footsteps of Kings, Queens, Nobles and Villians.

You can visit a Horrible Histories Maze, and there are friendly characters in costume roaming the Castle, and – if you are brave enough – there is the Castle Dungeon to visit!

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At a Glance

  • Location: 8.4 Miles North East
  • Admission (2020): £8.50 Adult, £5 Child
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Lord Leycester Hospital

The Hospital is a group of historic medieval timber framed buildings on Warwick High Street, dating mainly from the late 14th Century and a fascinating visit. During the reign of Elizabeth I the Earl of Dudley established a retirement home for warriors who had fought in the Elizabethan wars, a it’s a history that still continues to this day.

The Brethren’s Kitchen has been serving meals for over 500 years, and is a popular place for a light lunch or afternoon tea and the Master’s Garden is a delightful visit to admire the unfolding colours of the seasons.

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At a Glance

  • Location: 13.2 Miles North
  • Admission (2020): £12.60 Adult, £7.60 Child, English Hertitage Members Free
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden

Now you might be tempted to say that visiting some ruins of a castle doesn’t sound too interesting a prospect, but if you do, you’d be missing out! This is an English Heritage property and they have done a terrific job of making this site visitor friendly again and bringing the history to life. Admire the mighty Norman keep, and imagine the trappings and majesty of a banquet in the Great Hall.

The Elizabethan gardens are spectacular and were lost to the world for over 400 years before being lovingly re-created the way they would have looked during Elizabeth’s reign, and during her famous royal romance with Robert Dudley.

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At a Glance

  • Location: 13.8 Miles North East
  • Admission (2020): Grounds – £7 Adult, £1.50 Child, Grounds & House – £14 Adult, £5 Child
  • Open: All Year
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Stoneleigh Abbey

This fine Grade 1 listed English Mansion House is comprised of two halves; the first, made of red sandstone, is a fine example of a Jacobean house, built from the ruins of the Cistercian monastery. The second, the West Wing, was designed by famous architect Francis Smith of Warwick in the Baroque style. You can visit the extensive gardens and lovely walks, or visit the house as well with guided tours visiting the West Wing.

Stoneleigh has a Jane Austen connection as she stayed here with her mother in 1806, and many people think the house was the model for Mansfield Park.

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At a Glance

  • Location: 0.6 Miles South West
  • Admission (2020): Donations encouraged
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Holy Trinity Church

This is the most visited Parish church in England – the reason is simple, this is where Shakespeare was baptised and also buried; thousands of visitors come each year to visit his final resting place. But the church is still very active as a place of worship and has been for over 1000 years.

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Information correct at July 2020. Please confirm details direct with attraction. E&OE.

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