Warwickshire Attractions

Warwickshire offers visitors a choice of local attractions in the region, visitors have a choice of a number of interesting and charming places to discover. The county includes a scenic countryside, castles, cathedrals, museums, parks, gardens, a number of historic buildings, theatre, concerts and events. Warwickshire’s location in the East Midlands means the tranquil English countryside and the great outdoors are all within reach located close to local towns and villages with a range of things to see and do in the county.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Warwickshire, these include:

Warwick Castle is one of the most popular historic attractions in the UK due to its size, scenic location and history. The castle originally created as a defence from Danish invaders was later enlarged by William the Conqueror. Modern day visitors can explore the history of the castle. See its dungeons, fortifications and living quarters, and see the Rose Garden and Formal Gardens. There is also a display of waxwork figures. Jesters, archers and craftsmen show their skills to the public in the summer, there are also re-enactments of battles and tournaments from yesteryear to give you a real sense of history.

An interesting heritage attractions is Kenilworth Castle famous as the largest castle ruin in England. The castle is without what was once its most striking feature, the great lake, measuring a kilometre long and half a kilometre wide, which all but surrounded the medieval castle. Although the castle is now in ruins the red sandstone remains of the Norman keep. The castle was once enlarged and fell in to ruins after the English civil war. The castle is a dramatic sight among the gentle rolling Warwickshire countryside, the history; charm and sheer impressive nature of the castle make it among the jewels in the English Heritage crown.

Coventry Cathedral has a city centre location and is a relatively modern cathedral being built after the previous one was damaged in World War II. The cathedral is seen as a standard bearer for modernist style architecture and was built next to the ruined cathedral, the cathedral is a Grade I listed building. Visitors can tour the cathedral and climb the cathedral tower offering some of the finest views over Coventry.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is located in Coventry city centre. The gallery is named after Sir Alfred Herbert, an industrialist from Coventry who founded the world’s largest machine tool making firm, at the time. Opened back in 1960 the gallery and museum is a popular attraction that includes a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions, permanent galleries that include he Sculpture and Old Maters galleries. There is a programme for temporary and touring galleries and exhibitions ensuring visitors have something new to see at regular intervals. The museum showcase what is was like to live and work in Coventry through history using a number of interactive displays and exhibitions. There are a number of events, talks, activities and events visitors can join in on through the year.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is among the best known buildings in the UK, it dates back to the 15th century. It is set in beautiful surroundings with a stunning garden, this picturesque cottage is where Shakespeare came to visit his bride, Anne Hathaway. There are many 16th century fireplaces still in place and the remains of the original Great Hall are still visible. The bedroom upstairs contains an Elizabethan wooden bedstead and it is thought this is the bed that Anne Hathaway was born upon. The cottage belonged to the Hathaway family until 1892, when it was bought, by The Birthplace Trust. The Trust restored it to its original splendour including the original open hearth fireplace.

Shakespeare's Birthplace is among the most famous and most visited literary landmarks in the UK. It is thought it was in this house that Shakespeare was born and spent his early years. The house originally belonged to Shakespeare's father, a Stratford businessman. The Shakespeare Birthday Committee obtained the Henley Street house in 1847 and a project to restore the house to past glories was underway.

The Birthplace was originally made of local materials such as with oak timber and blue stone from Wilmcote. Much of the original stone, beams and fireplaces are still in place and the house has furnished with Elizabethan furniture. The Visitors' Centre holds a comprehensive exhibition about Shakespeare's life. The Birthplace is reached via the well tended gardens, containing trees, flowers and herbs that were mentioned in Shakespeare's works.

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum takes visitors through 2,000 years of Rugby's history. Learn what life was like for the Roman residents and see a video about the mysteries of Roman Tripontium. There has been much research done to arrive at the Tripontium. The social history gallery shows the ups and downs of Rugby in the areas of home, work and community over the years. There are some great art works here with work from the likes of Spencer and Lowry among others. Exhibitions of paintings from the Rugby Collection form part of the gallery programme. The gallery has a regularly changing exhibition and is sure to be a hit with art aficionados.

The Loft Theatre is located in Leamington on the south bank of the river Leam. The Loft Theatre Company is among the most highly regarded non-professional producing theatre companies. The company was founded back in 1922 and through the years has built up a good reputation for the high quality of its work. The air conditioned auditorium makes for a great place to sit back and enjoy the live performances on offer. In addition there is a bar and coffee lounge to enjoy some refreshments.

Hartshill Hayes Country Park is located in Nuneaton in Warwickshire. The park covers an area 137 acres and includes a scenic hilltop and woodland. Visitors can see some splendid views over the Anker Valley, there are a number of audio walking trails available allowing visitors to enjoy countryside walks and take in the scenic environment, there is also a children’s play area.

It is recommended that prior to visiting the Warwickshire; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport and the road network.

Warwickshire is a popular holiday and breaks destination in the UK, the county attracts many visitors drawn to the mix of charming historic market towns and villages including plenty of picturesque locations along with showpiece attractions including Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon. There is the towns of Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon that both offer visitors a good base from which to explore the area along with their own attractions. Warwickshire includes a large number of historic attractions, museums, historic houses, parks and gardens with attractions to enjoy for the entire family. The Warwickshire’s attractions ensure visitors can enjoy a short break, weekend away or a longer stay here.

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