13 fun things to do in Warwickshire
Warwickshire is a place steeped in history and mythology.
The origins of the town of Warwick date back to 914 AD when it was founded as a defense against Danish invaders by none other than thelflaed , the daughter of King Alfred the Great.
Warwick and its historic buildings have served as the backdrop for many popular TV series and movies, such as Dr Who, Pride and Prejudice, A Christmas Carol and Dangerfield.
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Many of the city’s central streets were destroyed by the great fire of 1694 and had to be rebuilt in the 18th century.
However, several important medieval buildings survived the fire and can be seen today, such as the Lord Leycester Hospital and the half-timbered buildings around Oken’s house.
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Here are some of our favorite attractions in Warwickshire. Make sure to check opening hours and book in advance if necessary to avoid disappointment.
1. Warwick Castle
You can explore over 1,100 years of history, magic, myth and adventure at Warwick Castle.
It is one of the most spectacular and complete medieval castles in the country. It has been permanently inhabited since the Middle Ages and was the home of the Earls of Warwick until recently.
There are towers, walls, battlements, and dungeons to explore, as well as 64 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens, including a courtyard and peacock garden.
Warwick Castle is also home to the UK’s largest bird of prey show, a maze of gruesome tales and a knight’s village for overnight glamping.
He’s part of the Merlin Entertainments group, which means you can often get discounted tickets through Kellogg’s cereal and snack packs. Find out more and book your tickets here
Warwick CV34 4QU
2. Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden
Nearby Kenilworth Castle is one of Britain’s greatest historic sites. Families can enjoy the freedom to explore what was once a vast medieval fortress and imagine the majesty of the Great Hall.
Once an Elizabethan palace, you can go back some 900 years of history and walk in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth 1 by exploring Leicester’s Building. Climb 18 meters to the full height of the tower Leicester built to woo Elizabeth I and enjoy the same spectacular views she enjoyed.
There’s also the Castle Keep and Leicester’s Gatehouse to explore, as well as the authentically recreated Elizabethan Garden at this English heritage attraction. Find out more and book your tickets here
Castle Green, Kenilworth CV8 1NG
3. The Hatton Adventure World
This 100 hectare site is home to more than 450 creatures, large and small, 60 different breeds and species, and offers more than 30 shows and activities every day during school holidays and weekends.
There is a farmyard, a JCB track, a falconry center, a Grand National sheep race, pony rides, a funfair, trampolines, an obstacle course, Laser Combat, a guinea pig village and much more. Moreover. Some activities are seasonal, so it’s best to check in advance.
You can also pick your own fruits, vegetables and flowers and go shopping in the shopping village. Learn more and book here
Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick CV35 8XA
4. British Automobile Museum
It is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars.
The British Motor Museum is home to over 300 classic British cars, celebrating the past, present and future of British motoring.
You can learn about the people behind the cars and the places where they were built, and participate in interactive family activities. There is also a cafe and an outdoor playground. Learn more and book here
Banbury Road, Gaydon, Lighthorne Heath, Warwick CV35 0BJ
5. Saint-Nicolas Park
There is something for everyone at St Nicholas Park, which has its own exhibition center, skate park and large playground.
In summer, you can swim in the outdoor swimming pool and / or rent pedal boats, rowboats, kayaks and canoes at the nautical base
The lawns and gardens are ideal for a stroll, and there are designated picnic areas as well as a tea room serving snacks, meals, and drinks.
St Nicholas Park Leisure Center has an indoor swimming pool, badminton courts, climbing wall and tennis courts.
Warwick CV34 4QY
6. Golden Putter Mini-Golf
There is a Golden Putter mini golf course at St Nicholas Park which is fun for families.
Face tunnels, rocks, bumps, tight turns and cliffhangers while trying to get the highest score. Learn more here
Warwick CV34 4QY
7. Royal Shakespeare Theater
Stratford-upon-Avon is best known for its legendary playwright William Shakespeare, who wrote classics like Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest.
It is worth going to see a play performed by the famous Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and you can also take a tour of the theater or have lunch in its rooftop restaurant.
Throughout the holidays there are often craft and music workshops, pop-up shows and costume exhibitions. Learn more here
8. Shakespeare’s birthplace
Did you know that you can visit the house where Shakespeare was born and raised?
Discover the rooms where he imagined all these pieces and where he spent the first five years of his married life with Anne Hathaway.
There are exhibits, costumed guides, and live performances, as well as a gift shop, cafe, and garden. Learn more and book here
Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW
9. Ragley Room
There is plenty for families to do at Ragley Hall in Alcester.
From adventure playgrounds to 3D maze, woodland walks and boating on Ragley Lake, there is plenty to spend an enjoyable afternoon, especially if the sun is shining.
10. The MAD museum
Described as “a mix of Wallis and Gromit, Heath Robinson and Scrapheap Challenge”, this museum offers the whole family a chance to experience and interact with machines.
MAD stands for Mechanical Art and Design and you can expect ball tracks, high tech robots and complex moving machinery.
It’s said to be the only specialist attraction of its kind in the UK and is also said to be home to a wacky gift shop.
Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6PT
11. Abbey Fields Playground
There is much to discover at Abbey Fields Play Park, located in the Finham Valley with views of the historic town, castle and church.
You can walk around the pretty lake and in the wildflower meadow, and the kids can play in the playground.
The outdoor pool normally open in the summer is unfortunately closed, but there is an indoor pool as well as five tennis courts and a Trim Trail outdoor gym.
Bridge Street, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1BP
12. Magic alley
This magical attraction and emporium offers an enchanted treasure trail where families can “explore a world filled with wizards, dragons, fairies, time travelers and pirates” with a pony-sized unicorn!
You’ll also find spells and wands, brooms, hatching dragon eggs, a self-written magic book, and a life-size animatronic bust of William Shakespeare.
And, to top it off, you can pick up a “take out potion” at the Golden Broomstick Butter Beer Bar. Find out more here. Christmas at Magic Alley is especially special – read our review here
Bell Court Shopping Center, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EX
13. Anne Hathaway’s chalet
This thatched-roof farmhouse was the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife and has beautiful gardens.
It’s in Shottery, and you can follow a well-marked trail to access it on foot from Stratford-upon-Avon town center.
There are also forest walks, a sculpture trail, and a family activity tent that runs from April to October.
You can also have traditional afternoon tea in the garden cafe.
Cottage Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9HH
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