Top 75 attractions to explore in Warwickshire
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.
Abbey fields is set in the dramatic valley of Finham Brook and enjoys views of the historic town and Kenilworth Castle. The park was once farmland belonging to St Mary's Abbey, which was dissolved in the middle of the sixteenth century and is now ruined. St Nicholas Church, with origins from the twelfth century, remains in the park. As the largest park in the town, it hosts a number of well-known events each year.
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.
Arbury Hall, a country house which was built during the Post Medieval period. It is situated on the site of Arbury Priory, 700m south west of Dennis Farm. The hall is set in 300 acres of parkland. The 19th-century author George Eliot was born on one of the estate farms in 1819, the daughter of the estate's land agent. She immortalised Arbury Hall as "Cheverel Manor" in Scenes of Clerical Life, where it is the setting for "Mr Gilfil's Love Story".
Astley Castle is a ruinous moated fortified 16th century manor house in North Warwickshire. It has been listed as a Grade II* listed building since 1952 and as a Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1994. The building reopened as a holiday let in 2012 after extensive and novel renovations that combine modern elements within the renaissance remains. In 2013, Astley Castle won the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize for architecture, as an "exceptional example" of the blending of an
Bagot's Castle is a 14th century castle in the village of Baginton, and a wonderful day out for all the family. The surviving ruin that can be seen is of a late 14th-century house, but it is not well known because of its location in an area of woodland on private land. No earthworks or ruins survive of the 12th-century motte and bailey.
Bancroft Gardens, a public park in which the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is located. The gardens were originally created during the Post Medieval period. They are situated in the centre of Stratford upon Avon. Enjoy sunny days in the wide grass lawns and gardens with the backdrop of the river. Features include a human sundial celebrating the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, a new performance area and two fully accessible bridges over the canal basin and the lock.
Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve is a 200-acre nature reserve which features a wide variety of large pools, bird hides, woodland walks and wildflower meadows. and it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest on the banks of the River Avon. The site is particularly important for birdlife, with a wide range of breeding and wintering birds—237 different species had been recorded up to the end of 2018. The reserve also supports a variety of mammals and insects, over 500 species of plant, and more than 5
A majestic motor museum which was home to world’s largest collection of historic British cars - from the very first Land Rover to Lady Penelope’s FAB1. Take a walk in the 'Time Road' and discover how motoring and family life has changed through the decades as the cars are brought to life by their costumed explainers or join one of their free guided tours.
Broomey Croft Children's Farm is the perfect family day out location Situated in the heart of Kingsbury Water park within 600 acre of glorious countryside. you can play, pet the animals, relax, eat delicious food, have a ride on the tractor and breathe in the fresh air.
Burton Dassett Hills Country Park is a country park in southeastern Warwickshire, England. It was created as a country park in 1971 and is run by Warwickshire County Council. The area comprises a group of ironstone hills, which are named after the village of Burton Dassett which is located in the hills. The hills rise to 203m (666 ft) above sea level and are situated half a mile east of the M40 motorway.
Caldecott Park is an urban park located in the centre of Rugby, England. This popular park in the centre of The Rugby Town features a number of colourful flower beds and has been featured often in the Britain in Bloom competition. It is well known for its award-winning floral displays.
Chesterton Windmill is a 17th-century cylindric stone tower windmill with an arched base, located outside the village of Chesterton, Warwickshire. It is a Grade I listed building and a striking landmark in south-east Warwickshire. It stands on a hilltop overlooking the Roman Fosse Way about five miles south-east of Warwick. The mill was built in the years 1632-1633 and remained in use until about 1910 when its machinery ceased to work.
Compton Verney Art Gallery is an art gallery at Compton Verney, England. It is housed in Compton Verney House, a restored Grade I listed 18th-century mansion surrounded by 120 acres of parkland which was landscaped by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. The Art Gallery is home to six permanent collections including Neapolitan art from 1600 to 1800; Northern European medieval art from 1450–1650; British portraits including paintings of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and so more.
Coombe Country Park is a country park located in Warwickshire, England. The park is only 4.5 miles east of Coventry city centre and is managed by Coventry City Council. The park has been developed from the grounds of an old Cistercian abbey, the buildings of which have now been converted into the Coombe Abbey hotel. The park now contains 500 acres of woodlands, formal gardens, arboretum, open grasslands and lake.
Draycote Water is a 240-hectare reservoir and country park near the village of Dunchurch, 3.75 miles south of Rugby in Warwickshire, England, owned and operated by Severn Trent Water. It draws its water from the River Leam, and supplies drinking water to Rugby and Coventry. It is named after the nearby hamlet of Draycote.
Earlswood Lakes, a series of canal reservoirs, created in the Imperial period to serve the Stratford upon Avon canal. A pumping station survives, but the engine has been removed from the building. They still supply the canal, and also provide leisure facilities, including sailing, fishing and walking. The northern banks of the lakes form the county boundary with the West Midlands.
The Echills Wood Railway was operated in Kingsbury Water Park in North Warwickshire by a group of 7¼” gauge railway enthusiasts. The railway was founded in 1972, based in the Royal Agricultural Showground in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, where it operated until 2005. The line runs a mixture of Standard Gauge Scale and Narrow Gauge Steam, Diesel, Petrol and Electric locomotives.
A majestic-eighteenth century stone house with a landscape garden designed with the help of Sanderson Miller. The Hall is a lovely Grade I listed late 17th-century country house built by William Holbech in 1684 and extensively remodelled between 1745-1750 by William Holbech the Younger.
Guy's Cliffe House in Warwick is a haunted gothic mansion. Used as a Masonic Lodge it has an eerie and uncomfortable feeling about it. The building itself has many areas to investigate with caves, cellars, house ruins and a Masonic Temple which is particularly active. Shapes are often seen wandering around during a vigil in this area. This building can be a terrifying experience and has delivered some phenomenal poltergeist activity on previous ghost hunts.
Hall's Croft is a building in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, which was owned by William Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna Hall, and her husband Dr John Hall whom she married in 1607. It is the place in Stratford that gives the best indication of how well William Shakespeare had done for himself just twelve years after leaving Stratford for London. The property includes a dramatic walled garden which contains a variety of plant life that John Hall may have used in his treatments.
Map of attractions in Warwickshire