Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Warwick

Warwick Castle

Founded in 1068 by William the Conqueror, stunningly preserved Warwick Castle is the biggest show in town. The ancestral home of the earls of Warwick remains impressively intact, and the Tussauds Group has filled th…
Top Choice Cathedral in Coventry

Coventry Cathedral

The evocative ruins of St Michael's Cathedral, built around 1300 but destroyed by Nazi incendiary bombs in the Blitz, stand as a memorial to Coventry's darkest hour and as a symbol of peace and reconciliation. Climb…
Top Choice Museum in Coventry

Coventry Transport Museum

This stupendous museum has hundreds of vehicles, from horseless carriages to jet-powered, land-speed record breakers. There's a brushed-stainless-steel DeLorean DMC-12 (of Back to the Future fame) with gull-wing doo…
Top Choice Historic Site in Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare's New Place

When Shakespeare retired, he swapped the bright lights of London for a comfortable town house at New Place, where he died of unknown causes in April 1616. The house was demolished in 1759, but an attractive Elizabet…
Top Choice Historic Building in Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Start your Shakespeare quest at the house where the renowned playwright was born in 1564 and spent his childhood days. John Shakespeare owned the house for a period of 50 years. William, as the eldest surviving son,…
Castle in Kenilworth

Kenilworth Castle

This spine-tingling ruin sprawls among fields and hedges on Kenilworth's outskirts. Built in the 1120s, the castle survived the longest siege in English history in 1266, when the forces of Lord Edward (later Edward …
Church in Stratford-upon-Avon

Holy Trinity Church

The final resting place of the Bard, where he was also baptised and where he worshipped, is said to be the most visited parish church in England. Inside are handsome 16th- and 17th-century tombs (particularly in the…
Historic Building in Kenilworth

Stoneleigh Abbey

The kind of stately home that makes film directors go weak at the knees, Stoneleigh name-drops Charles I and Jane Austen among its past visitors. Completed in 1726 and only viewable on tours (included in admission),…
Historic Site in Stratford-upon-Avon

Mary Arden's Farm

Shakespeare genealogists can trace the family tree to the childhood home of the Bard's mother at Wilmcote, 3 miles west of Stratford. Aimed squarely at families, the working farm traces country life over the centuri…
Historic Building in Coventry

St Mary's Guildhall

One of the most evocative insights into pre-WWII Coventry is this half-timbered and brick hall where the town's trades came together in the Middle Ages to discuss town affairs. As one of England's finest guildhalls,…