Why not give Warwickshire a whirl on your UK holidays? Bed down in one of our Stratford cottages and explore this beautiful county. From Shakespeare to stately homes, galleries to gardens, Warwickshire is bursting at the seams with things to see and do. For a tantalising taster of Warwickshire's tourist attractions, read on.
Shakespeare's Stratford: Stratford-upon-Avon
Perhaps best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, you can't rent one of our Warwickshire cottages without a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon. A heritage hotspot, culture vultures are in for a treat. Take in a play or two at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre after a leisurely dinner at one of the town's fine restaurants. Make the pilgrimage to the half-timbered house where Shakespeare was born, or visit the picturesque Anne Hathaway's Cottage and see where the Bard's wife lived before marrying the great man. If the weather's on your side, pack a picnic and enjoy a lazy day by the river Avon. Or take a town trail and admire how mediaeval architecture and modern structures blend together in 21st century Stratford. If your feet are in need of a rest, then hop aboard one of the town's open-top buses and see the sights from your seat. Don't miss Stratford's Butterfly Farm either; Europe's largest! However you plan to spend your time in Stratford, visit www.stratford-upon-avon.co.uk to find out more.
Billed as 'Britain's Ultimate Castle', there's so much to see at Warwick Castle it's easy to spend a whole weekend there! Venture into the Dragon Tower for a taste of Merlin's Camelot. Dare to enter the Castle's dungeon, be transported back to plague-ridden 1345 and see history come to life - not for the faint at heart, you'll encounter plenty of blood, guts and gore; just try not to stray off course in the Labyrinth of Lost Souls. Cheer on jousting knights, discover the secrets of Victorian high society life or see if you've got what it takes to be a princess in the new Princess Tower. And be sure to take time to explore the 60 acres of landscaped gardens, too. The lavish interiors of the state rooms shouldn't be missed either. If you don't know where to start, plan your visit at www.warwick-castle.com.
Ragley Hall - Alcester
There really is something for everyone at Ragley Hall and estates. If you appreciate the finer things in live, then the Hall itself is for you. It's one of Europe's earliest Palladian houses and is home to a rather splendid collection of art, porcelain and furniture. Throw in some Baroque plasterwork, ceiling paintings and imposing stairways, and you've got a real feast for the eyes. If you'd rather spend your UK holidays in Warwickshire outside, then fret not! There are 400 acres of 'Capability' Brown parkland at your disposal, 10 hectares of gardens and even a sculpture trail to follow. However you want to spend your time at Ragley be sure to visit www.ragleyhall.com before you set off.
Plantasia and Maze World - Mancetter, nr Atherstone
Another great family day out in Warwickshire, Plantasia takes you on an unforgettable journey through nature. If the weather's not on your side, head indoors to the interactive exhibition. You'll be guided along by Sol the sunflower, who'll teach you all about the living world and the different environments plants can thrive in. Outdoors, you'll find Maze World; the UK's largest collection of permanent mazes. The six mazes are themed around the continents, so even if you're just taking a UK holiday this year you can still travel round the world in Warwickshire! As if that weren't enough, there's also a deer park, ponds, Shetland ponies, pigs, alpacas and a whole host of other farmyard animals to meet. Those of you with a head for heights shouldn't miss the tree-top trail with its great views. The orchard is a great place to rest up and if you take your UK holidays in harvesting season, you can even sample the apples, plums, damsons and pears. Yummy! Find out more at www.visitplantasia.co.uk.
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