Places to Visit - Warwickshire

East of our base takes you into Warwickshire.  Although dominated by the twin tourist meccas of Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick, this area has much to offer.  There are plenty of great driving roads - whether you're cruising in Great Escape Classic Car Hire's coupes, convertibles or saloons.

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Towns & Villages | Car Activities | Gardens & Houses | Walks & Views

Towns & Villages

The east of our region is relatively built up compared to other directions.  It’s dominated by Warwick, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Leamington Spa.

Warwick
 ‘Britain’s greatest Medieval experience’, Warwick Castle is not aimed at the sort of people who can see castles on a regular basis but it is a genuinely entertaining and enjoyable day out. 

Kenilworth
Kenilworth Castle lives in the shadow of Warwick but is possibly the better experience.  It has a very romantic setting. 

Leamington Spa
Leamington Spa is like a smaller, cosier and less touristy version of Bath. 

Stratford-Upon-Avon
Busy and with Shakespeare-themed fun at every turn, you can still escape from it all along the river.  Good restaurants but beware of the traffic.

Swan Theatre, Stratford
A mecca for Shakespeare enthusiasts (and very good).

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Car Activities

If you’re more interested in classic cars than classic plays then the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon is a great day out. There are regular car club displays.  Why not time your visit to coincide with one to suit our cars?  Email or call us on 01527 893733 for details. We are even staging a rally in October with a mid rally stop at Gaydon to view the cars and enjoy a spot of lunch.

Stoneleigh Park near Warwick holds regular car club events.  For more details visit www.stoneleighpark.com.

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Gardens & Houses

Bard-based highlights around Stratford-Upon-Avon include Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.  Home of Shakespeare's wife. 

Another woman in Shakespeare’s life was his mum Mary Arden.  Her house is just north of the town.  Visit www.onlineshakespeare.com/arden for more information.

Charlecote Park is a beautiful house set in a landscape deer park.  It’s famous for its portraits.  William Shakespeare was apparently caught poaching here (see you can’t get away from it).

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Walks & Views

Warwickshire is a fairly flat county so heading for the hills isn’t really an option.  But for fresh air these places are worth a visit:

Bidford-on-Avon
Head from this riverside village to Aston Cantlow and Honeybourne, two quaint villages with great pubs.

Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal
Escape the photographing hordes.  The canal has 54 locks in 25 miles, plus the Bearley aqueduct.