Warwick – 9 miles
Warwick Castle, Britain’s Greatest Mediaeval Experience, lies at the heart of Warwick. Visit the lavishly decorated State Rooms, scale the towers and ramparts and descend into the dark dungeon. Be chilled in the ghost tower, meet colourful characters and enjoy year-round entertainment from Easter and Christmas festivities to jousting tournaments and birds of prey displays. With a Victorian Rose Garden, Mill, Engine House and 60 acres of grounds to explore, there is plenty to enjoy.
The Lord Leycester Hospital. This beautiful collection of 14th-century timber-framed buildings, home to ex-servicemen known as The Brethren, house a chapel, Great Hall, galleried courtyard and Regimental Museum of the Queen’s Own Hussars. Hidden at the back of the Hospital discover one of the oldest gardens in Warwick, the Master’s Garden, a tranquil oasis in the midst of the town.
The Master’s Garden is one of several historic gardens in and around Warwick. Other gems include the Mill Garden at the bottom of Mill Street. Relax in this secluded garden and enjoy some of the finest views of Warwick Castle and the river.
Hill Close Gardens were once a retreat for Victorian townsfolk. Talk to the gardeners who tend the plots and find out how local people saved Hill Close Gardens from destruction. Wander along the old paths, discover unusual varieties of fruit and vegetables from Victorian times, rest inside little brick summerhouses, and listen to birdsong.
Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon – 16 miles
The Heritage Motor Centre houses informative and interactive exhibitions charting the history of British motoring from the 1890s to the present day.
Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden – 14 miles
Travel back in time at Kenilworth Castle and tread the floors where kings and queens once danced and dined at this beautiful castle ruin.
The vast medieval fortress of Kenilworth Castle is one of the largest historic visitor attractions in the West Midlands and one of the most spectacular castle ruins in England.
Charlecote Park – 5 miles
Charlecote Park has been the home of the Lucy family since the 15th century. The current house was extensively remodelled in the Victorian times by Mary Elizabeth Lucy and it is presented today as it was when she was the mistress of the house.
The Lucy family history is brought vividly to life by the portraits of each generation; from Sir Thomas Lucy, the local magistrate who allegedly flogged the young William Shakespeare for poaching the Lucy family heard of fallow deer, to the family living in the house in the early 20th century.
Now open all year round, the parkland was inspired by “Capability” Brown. The parkland has miles of paths and a number of marked walks for visitors to enjoy. There has always been a heard of Fallow Deer here since Tudor times and they continue to roam the park as they did then. The River Avon meanders through the parkland creating a haven for many different species of wildlife.
Coughton Court – 10.5 miles
Celebrate 600 years of the Throckmorton family at Coughton Court. Explore the historic house that witnessed Gunpowder plotters, priest holes and Catholic intrigues. Discover the family’s struggle to maintain its faith against all odds through times of religious persecution until Catholic Emancipation in the nineteenth century. Meander through the award-winning gardens designed by Mrs Clare Maclaren Throckmorton, taking in the walled Garden, Rose Labyrinth and herbaceous borders.
Glorious 20th-century Cathedral, with stunning 1950s art & architecture, rising above the stark ruins of the medieval Cathedral destroyed by German air raids in 1940.