Ragley Hall, Park & Gardens
Ragley Hall, Alcester B49 5NJ, UK
About Ragley Hall, Park & Gardens
Ragley Hall has been the ancestral home of the Hertford family for over 300 years. The 6,500-acre estate welcomes visitors with its 18th century gatehouse, the winding driveway through the green fields with sheep grazing. On the top of the hill stands the glorious Palladian mansion, which was designed by Robert Hook, with its majestic portico and grand horse-shoe steps. It has lawns, trees, shrubs and views over the park. The cricket pitch dates from 1625.
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Kinwarton Dovecote is circular 14th-century dovecote situated on the edge of the village of Kinwarton, near Alcester, Warwickshire, England. The dovecote is in the ownership of the National Trust and is a scheduled monument. The building still houses doves to this day and is noted for its "potence" which provides access to the nesting boxes.
Coughton Court is a Tudor courtyard house that was altered after being damaged during the Civil War. It was set in 25 acres of landscaped gardens in Alcester, Warwickshire. Through its rich and varied history, the house has witnessed some of the most defining moments in British history – from the court of Henry VIII to the Gunpowder plot of 1605.
Bredon Hill is the largest of the Cotswold ‘outliers’ and is the only Cotswold hill to lie fully within Worcestershire, although part of the escarpment at Broadway also lies within the county. Both peaks have distinctive 18th-century follies at their summit. It was also the site of a great battle after which it was abandoned. In 2011 the largest hoard of Roman silver coins ever found in Worcestershire was discovered near to the Hillfort.
The Evesham Vale Light Railway is a narrow gauge steam railway running regular passenger trains every weekend and main school holidays throughout the year. Constructed at 15 in gauge, the line runs for over 1 mile through the park, including a lengthy section through the fruit orchards. Passengers are conveyed throughout the year, although operations tend to be limited to weekends during school term time, becoming a daily service during school holidays.
Mary Arden's Farm is a working farm that keeps pace with the season so there is always something new to see and do. You will find animals at the farm including donkeys, goats, sheep and more. Palmer’s Farmhouse is a fascinating Tudor house and actually much nicer than Mary Arden’s house. Watch fascinating falconry displays and try your hand at archery, or visit the timber-framed adventure playground to let off some steam.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage was originally a farmhouse. It was built in 1463 of cruck construction, when the building would have comprised of just three rooms. The kitchen and parlour still remain from the original medieval construction. The first Hathaway to live in the cottage was Anne’s grandfather John Hathaway, who was a tenant sheep farmer. Anne, later Shakespeare’s wife, was born in the cottage in 1556.
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Warwickshire is a county in the West Midlands region of England. The county town is Warwick, and the largest town is Nuneaton. The county is famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon and Victorian novelist George Eliot, at Nuneaton. It is a popular destination for international and domestic tourists to explore both medieval and more recent history.