Shakespeare’s home town, the birthplace of a literary phenomenon still enthralling playgoers and readers after nearly 500 years.
Follow in the footsteps of the Bard from the cradle to the grave. See his family homes, where he courted his wife, the pubs, half-timbered cottages and gardens he would have known. Spot famous faces amongst the actors performing his plays in Stratford’s three world-class theatres. Go backstage and see how his magic is conjured every night and twice on Saturday!
Enjoy strolling by the River Avon, shopping in Stratford’s cobbled streets and soaking up the atmosphere. A magical combination of literature and history!
Knights, jousting and dungeons - mediaeval Warwick Castle has it all, making it our number one castle for children.
The stronghold of the powerful Earls of Warwick, the castle boasts historic collections of armour and weaponry. Experts frequently demonstrate archery, sword combat and siege machines in the extensive grounds.
Climb the mighty towers and walk the battlements above the river moat and the bridge defences. See a historical display of Lord Warwick’s preparations on the eve of battle, and one of an opulent Edwardian weekend party, with its tales of celebrity and scandal in high life!
The Cotswolds are where the English themselves go for unspoiled rural villages chock full of antiques, textiles and good food and drink.
Wool from the area’s sheep formed the basis of England’s wealth in the middle ages and moneyed merchants built the parish churches known as "wool cathedrals". Sheep still graze the meadows, village markets still attract customers from miles around and centuries-old pubs still serve local ale to thirsty travellers.
Favoured by royalty and celebrity for country houses (Charles and Camilla, and Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes live round about), the Cotswold villages such as Broadway, Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold will charm you with their ancient inns and thatched houses strung along green lanes dotted with wild roses.