warwickshire
Located in the heart of England, Warwickshire is a county rich in history and culture. Most visitors flock to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle, the most visited castle in the country. Stratford, of course, is home to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and if you can take in a play during your visit you’ll be rewarded with a wonderful and unique experience. Visit the RSC website at http://www.rsc.org.uk/ for full information. Stratford has a lot more to offer than the RSC – there is some excellent shopping in the town, lovely Elizabethan architecture and a host of good restaurants. If you’re looking for a meal before watching a play, head for Sheep Street, close to the theatre for a choice of at least 4 good eateries! There are also a number of riverboat rides available and you can hire a boat or punt from the boatyards on the opposite side of the river to the theatre.
A little further down the River Avon is Warwick Castle. Allow a full day to visit the castle – there are a number of shows, displays and tours included in the ticket price and you will need time to get the most out of your visit. Full information at http://www.warwick-castle.com/
Coventry is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. The old and new cathedrals are recommended, as well as Coombe Country Park http://www.coventry.gov.uk/coombecountrypark , Coventry Canal Basin http://www.canalbasintrust.co.uk/ , Coventry Transport Museum http://www.transport-museum.com , and The Herbert Art Gallery http://www.theherbert.org/ The Godiva Music Festival is a popular event during July at the Coventry Memorial Park.
Leamington Spa has some magnificent Victorian and Georgian architecture and probably the best shopping in the county. The Jephson Gardens near the bottom of the main parade are lovely and close by you’ll find the Royal Pumprooms, which is now a museum and visitor centre. With around 80 restaurants, it’s a great place to have a bite with a wide range of culinary styles on offer.
Kenilworth Castle is worth a visit – it may not have the Grandeur of Warwick Castle but there are some very interesting exhibits and it’s a relaxed environment to have a wander around the grounds. Immediately opposite the castle, you’ll find The Queen & Castle pub and restaurant, which we can recommend from personal experience. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenilworth-castle/