Britain’s greatest mediaeval experience at Warwick Castle. Join a Mediaeval household in the Kingmaker exhibition, to a Victorian ‘Royal Weekend Party’. Kingmaker feasts and Highwayman Suppers are available most Fridays and Saturdays.
Opening Times: Warwick Castle is open all year except Christmas Day.
January – March,
October – December: 10am – 5pm
April – September
Lord Leycester Hospital High Street Warwick
The historic group of buildings that now comprise the Hospital, is now dominated by the ancient Chantry Chapel of St James, built over the West Gate into Warwick by Thomas Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick, in the latter half of the 14th Century.
The Guild of St George was created under a license issued by King Richard II on 20th April, 1383, and Thomas Beauchamp granted the benefice of the Chantry Chapel to the Guild on its formation. Sometime between 1386 and 1413, the Guild of the Blessed Virgin, based at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, joined the Guild of St George at the West Gate. To accommodate the resident priests and the guilds, reception, meeting and dining halls were built as well as living quarters. They became known as the United Guilds of Warwick.
In 1546, when they were dispersed by King Henry VIII, the United Guilds were able to save their property from seizure through the admirable foresight of their Master, Thomas Oken, who had it transferred to the Burgesses of Warwick.
In 1571, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leycester acquired the buildings and founded, under charter from Queen Elizabeth I, a Hospital for aged or disabled soldiers and their wives. The Charter set up a corporation consisting of the Master in charge of the Hospital and the twelve resident Brethren, which was endowed with estates producing an income of £200 per year. To accommodate them, parts of the buildings, including the Guildhall itself, were divided into primitive quarters. These arrangements remained unchanged until 1950, when the Guildhall was cleared and the number of Brethren temporarily reduced to five.
St Nicolas Park Warwick
Includes a crazy golf course, amusement rides, children’s play area, pony rides, outdoor paddling pool and boats for hire (summer only), tennis, football courts, recreation ground, indoor swimming pool and leisure centre, sports facilities, cafe, BMX track and Boules rink.
St Mary’s Collegiate Church
Dominates the overall view of Warwick with its’ imposing tower. It was rebuilt along with much of the church in 1704, by Sir William Wilson, following the Great Fire of Warwick. There has been a church on the site since Saxon times, but the Saxon church was rebuilt by Roger de Newburgh in 1123.
However, the magnificent medieval Beauchamp Chapel escaped the devastating fire of 1694 and houses the tombs of past Earls of Warwick including Richard Beauchamp’s tomb described in Simon Jenkin’s book ‘England’s 1000 Best Churches’ as “one of the masterpieces of medieval art” and was awarded a 5-star rating.
St Mary’s also contains The Chapel of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment and Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery’s garter banner hangs outside the Chapel. There is also the Norman Crypt dating back to 1123 AD and contains one of only 2 remaining ducking stools in England.
A glorious view of the town, surrounding countryside and the Castle can be seen from the top of the tower – well worth climbing the 134 steps to see.
Established in 1154 Stoneleigh Abbey has seen many changes, Jane Austen the Victorian novelist found the house and its family intriguing. Prince Charles marked the completion of its restoration by making a special visit. There is much to tell about the people who have lived here, about the lovely grounds and the stunning 690 acres of parkland. Overlooking the River Avon, Stoneleigh Abbey is a beautiful place to visit for pleasure, an impressive venue to capture your imagination of bygone days.
Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden
Enjoy a great day out in Warwickshire at Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden. One of the largest historic attractions in the West Midlands, the whole family will enjoy exploring the spectacular castle ruins.
The ruins are best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Dudley created an ornate palace here to impress his Queen in 1575.
Follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I in the authentically recreated Elizabethan Garden. Lost to the world for over 400 years, it is now open to visitors once more. Wander through carved arbours and marvel at the bejewelled aviary and marble fountain.
Become part of the Shakespeare story
Shakespeare’s Birthplace has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. William Shakespeare grew up here and he played here. He ate meals in the hall and he slept and dreamed in these rooms. Shakespeare also spent the first five years of married life in this house with his new wife, Anne Hathaway.
For millions of Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide, the house is a shrine. You will discover the world that shaped the man and you’ll find out what other famous writers thought when they visited here. Well-known visitors have included Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace is a fascinating house that offers a tantalising glimpse into Shakespeare’s early world. It’s a special place that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.
New for 2012. Delightful cafe serving locally sourced, home-made fare with views of the Birthplace and gardens.