Places to visit in South Warwickshire

As you might expect, the heart of ‘Shakespeare Country’ is packed with places and experiences related to ‘The Bard’ and attracts visitors from around the globe. Mary Arden’s Farm, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare’s Birthplace head an extensive list of things to see, whilst you can also enjoy a leisurely boat trip along the river Avon, passing by the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Country estates including Ragley Hall, Coughton Court and Compton Verney are also popular tourist destinations, as are the historic towns of Henley in Arden, Alcester and Shipston on Stour. South Warwickshire is full of lovely, characterful villages, unspoilt countryside and offers the perfect gateway for exploring the nearby Cotswolds. 

We hope you will find the following key useful when selecting places to visit from the list below.

Places to visit in South Warwickshire

Places to visit in South Warwickshire

Roman Alcester Heritage Centre

Priory Road, Alcester B49 5DZ
01789 762216 sightseeing-small

A small museum, showing treasures unearthed during the 100+ archaeological digs that have taken place in the town over the last 80 years.

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Coughton Court

Coughton Court, Alcester B49 5JA
01789 400777 sightseeing-small walking-small nature-small

Half-timbered, Tudor 15th century National Trust house with a gate tower, period artefacts and lavishly-designed gardens.

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Ragley Hall

Ragley Hall, Alcester B49 5NJ
01789 762090 sightseeing-small walking-small nature-small

Country estate with a Palladian mansion and gardens that open to the Public throughout the Spring and Summer. Family home of the 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford.

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Upton House

Near Banbury OX15 6HT
01295 670266 sightseeing-small walking-small

An elegant stately home with 1930s period displays, garden terraces and walking trails.

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Tudor World

Sheep St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EE
01789 298070 sightseeing-small walking-small

Tudor World is an independent award-winning museum set within a Tudor property in the heart of Stratford. Interactive attraction in a beamed period building with exhibits bringing the 16th century to life.

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Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Henley St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW
01789 204016 sightseeing-small

Shakespeare’s Birthplace is a restored 16th century half-timbered house situated in Henley Street, where it is believed that William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and spent his childhood years.

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Photo credit: Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust
Photo credit: Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Cottage Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9HH
01789 338532 sightseeing-small

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is a twelve-roomed farmhouse where Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare, lived as a child in the village of Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Photo Credit: Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust
Photo Credit: Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust

Mary Arden’s Farm

Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9UN
01789 338535 sightseeing-small

Situated in Wilmcote, this historic farm was the home of Shakespeare’s mother Mary Shakespeare. Experience for yourself the daily routine, skills and crafts that the young William would have known from visits to his grandparents in the 1570s. Attractions include archery and falconry, rare breeds and nature trails to explore.

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Photo Credit: Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust
Photo Credit: Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust

Hall’s Croft

Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BG
01789 338533 sightseeing-small

Hall’s Croft was owned by William Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna Hall, and her husband Dr John Hall whom she married in 1607.

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Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust

Henley St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW
01789 204016 sightseeing-small

 

The Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust is an independent registered educational charity that came into existence in 1847 following the purchase of Shakespeare’s Birthplace for preservation as a national memorial.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Waterside Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB
01789 403493 sightseeing-small

On the banks of the River Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a 1000+ seat theatre owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) dedicated to the British playwright and poet William Shakespeare. One of the world’s best-known theatre ensembles, the RSC performs throughout the year, focussing on the works by Shakespeare, other renaissance dramatists and contemporary writers.

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Stratford Butterfly Farm

Swans Nest, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS
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Europe’s largest butterfly farm opened in 1985 and features hundreds of exotic butterflies from all over the world, housed in a large greenhouse landscaped with waterfalls, ponds and a wide variety of tropical plants.

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The MAD Museum

Henley St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT
01789 269356 sightseeing-small walking-small

The MAD (Mechanical, Art & Design) Museum is the only specialist attraction of its kind in the UK. The museum was launched in March 2012 and showcases the world’s finest pieces of Kinetic Art and Automata from pioneering artists from all over the world.

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Stratford Armouries

Gospel Oak Ln, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 0JA
01789 262468 sightseeing-small

Stratford Armouries is an Arms and Armour museum on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon. The museum contains the personal arms and armour collection of James Wigington.

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Holy Trinity Church

Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon
01789 266316 sightseeing-small

Visit Shakespeare’s grave and the graves of Anne Hathaway, Dr John Hall and his wife Susanna Shakespeare and Thomas Nash in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church.

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Henley-in-Arden Heritage Centre

High Street, Henley in Arden B95 5BSsightseeing-small

Located in the High Street of this historic market town, the Heritage Centre is a museum of the town’s history from the Norman Conquest to the present day.

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Chesterton Windmill

Leamington Spa CV33 9LB
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Chesterton’s most famous landmark has stood on a hill overlooking the village for the last 380 years. It was built around 1632, probably by Sir Edward Peyto. The Grade I listed cylindric stone tower is said to have been originally built to house an observatory, but spent its working life as a windmill.

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British Motor Museum (Heritage Motor Museum)

Banbury Road, Gaydon CV35
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The British Motor Museum (formerly the Heritage Motor Museum) is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars.  The museum reopened in February 2016, following a £5M revamp which has made it amongst the best and most interactive motor museums in the world.
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Yew Tree Farm Craft Centre

Pettiford Ln, Wootton Wawen B95 6BY

01564 792701 shopping-small

From luxury lingerie and trendy clothing to speciality teas, watch repairs and garden furniture the courtyard at Yew Tree Farm is a treasure trove of delights for any shopper. Antiques, crafts and furniture are also on offer.

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Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Banbury Road, Kineton CV35
0870 0400033 nature-small walking-small

Redwings Oxhill is home to almost 90 rescued horses and ponies. Cafe and shop also available.

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St Peter’s Anglo-Saxon Church

Stratford Rd, Wootton Wawen B95 6BE
01564 793844 sightseeing-small

St Peter’s Anglo-Saxon church in Wootton Wawen is the oldest church in Warwickshire and one of the oldest structures in England, with a tower dating back to at least the 900s.

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Burton Dassett Country Park

Southam CV47 2AB
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Whether you are walking, flying a kite or just sitting in your car, the magnificent views from these hills are breath-taking.

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Compton Verney

Compton Verney CV35 9HZ
01926 545500 walking-small nature-small

Award-winning art gallery and parkland. Compton Verney houses six permanent collections focusing on areas currently under-represented in British museums and galleries. The collections are owned by The Compton Verney Collections Settlement. The gallery is set in 120 acres of Grade II listed classical parkland, designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the most eminent landscape architect of the 18th century

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The Greenway

Stratford-upon-Avon  CV37 6GR
024 7630 5592 walking-small nature-small

Formally a railway line, The Greenway is now a high quality surfaced path suitable for cyclists, walkers and wheelchair users and is part of the National Cycle Network. Bike hire is available and refreshments served from a refurbished disused railway carriage.

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Canal & Boat Tours

Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6AT
01789 295173 walking-small nature-small

Leisurely 45 minutes boat tours from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon with regular daily departures.

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Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Toddington, Gloucs, GL54 5DT
01242 621405 walking-small nature-small

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is a volunteer run heritage railway which runs along the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border across Warwickshire.  The railway operates at weekends from March, and also runs mid-week from April through to the end of October.

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Henley Chocolate

01564 792588 walking-small shopping-small

Delicious chocolates and truffles that are lovingly handmade in Warwickshire. Available online and in selected shops locally. Fun and informative chocolate making workshops available, along with bespoke chocolate creations for celebrations, weddings and special events.

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