Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England Sights

Charlecote Park

  • B4086 Map It
  • Hampton Lucy
  • House/Mansion/Villa

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A celebrated house in the village of Hampton Lucy, Charlecote Park was built in 1572 by Sir Thomas Lucy to entertain Queen Elizabeth I (in her honor, the house is shaped like the letter "E"). Shakespeare knew the house and may even have poached deer here. Overlooking the River Avon, the redbrick manor is striking and sprawling. It was renovated in neo-Elizabethan style by the Lucy family, represented here by numerous portraits, during the mid-19th century; a carved ebony bed is one of many spectacular pieces of furniture. The Tudor gatehouse is unchanged since Shakespeare's day, and a collection of carriages, a Victorian kitchen, and a small brewery occupy the outbuildings. Indulge in a game of croquet near the quirky, thatched, Victorian-era summer hut, or explore the deer park landscaped by Capability Brown. Interesting themed tours and walks take place in summer—call in advance to find out what's on offer. The house is 6 miles northeast of Stratford; by car take the B4086.

Sight Information


B4086, off A429, Hampton Lucy, CV35 9ER, England

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Sight Details:

  • £10.05, £6.80 in winter; grounds only £6.80
  • House mid-Feb.–Mar., Thurs.–Tues. noon–3:30; Apr.–Oct., Thurs.–Tues. 11–4:30; Nov.–Dec., weekends noon–3:30. Park and gardens daily 10:30–5:30 or dusk. Last entry 30 min before closing


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