Explore the region
Have you thought about extending your stay, either before or after Warwick Folk Festival, to take in some of the charms of Shakespeare’s England?
Warwickshire forms the major part of a visitor destination known as Shakespeare’s England, covering the heritage towns of Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Kenilworth, Royal Leamington Spa and the surrounding market towns and villages. It is one of the UK’s most historic and beautiful destinations, home to the world famous playwright William Shakespeare, and containing some of the finest countryside, attractions and hotels that Britain has to offer.
The ideal destination for a relaxing break, Shakespeare’s England has much to tempt families, couples and the independent traveller. Browse the Shakespeare’s England website for inspiration on things to see & do, and places to stay in the region.
One of England’s most spectacular castle ruins, best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the earl of Leicester, the great love of Elizabeth I. Now in the care of English Heritage.
Compton Verney is Warwickshire’s award-winning art gallery in a Grade-1 listed Georgian mansion set in 120 acres of Capability Brown parkland. Compton Verney houses the biggest collection of British Folk art in the UK, as well as the Marx-Lambert collection of folk art and work by the 20th-century designer Enid Marx.
Boasting the largest collection of historic British cars, this recently refurbished museum -just off the M40 – tells the story of motoring from its birth to the modern day. There’s plenty for all the family, too, with plenty of holiday activities, an outdoor play area and a great cafe.
There are five historic houses in and around Stratford-upon-Avon owned and operated by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Shakespeare’s Birthplace is where it all began; Mary Arden’s Farm is Shakespeare’s mother’s home; Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is his wife’s family home and Hall’s Croft is the home of their daughter Susanna. Harvard House was built in 1596 by Thomas Rodgers, whose grandson John Harvard went on to found Harvard University in the USA. As well as a wealth of fascinating history, there is always lots to see and do, including imaginative children’s activities.
Stratford-upon-Avon is also home to the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, with their three theatres – the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, The Swan and The Other Place. Take a backstage tour or a trip up the Tower, sample the menu in the Rooftop Restaurant or Riverside Cafe and – of course – experience a spellbinding show.