Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England

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  • 1. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

    Building/Architectural Site

    The most picturesque of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties, this thatched cottage on the western outskirts of Stratford is the family...Read More

  • 2. Attingham Park

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Built in 1785 by George Steuart (architect of the church of St. Chad in Shrewsbury) for the first Lord Berwick, this elegant stone mansion has...Read More

  • 3. Baddesley Clinton

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The eminent architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described this as “the perfect late medieval manor house” and it’s hard to argue with...Read More

  • 4. Black Country Living Museum

    Museum Village

    This 26-acre museum on social history gives insight into what life was like centuries ago for the men and women who worked in the coal-producing...Read More

  • 5. Hellens Manor

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Just outside the village of Much Marcle, 4 miles southwest of Ledbury, lies the beautiful 17th-century manor of Hellens, kept like a time capsule...Read More

  • 6. Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The romantic ruins of Kenilworth give some sense of the turbulent times the castle has witnessed in its 900-year history. In 1326 King Edward...Read More

  • 7. Shakespeare's New Place

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This is the spot where Shakespeare lived for the last 19 years of his life and where he wrote many of his plays, including The Tempest . Though...Read More

  • 8. Shakespeare’s Birthplace

    Museum/Gallery

    A half-timber house typical of its time, the playwright's birthplace is a much-visited shrine that has been altered and restored since Shakespeare...Read More

  • 9. Warwick Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The vast bulk of this medieval castle rests on a cliff overlooking the Avon River and is considered "the fairest monument of ancient and chivalrous...Read More

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  • 10. Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

    Museum Village

    You can see old architecture typical of Worcestershire at this 19-acre open-air museum 15 miles outside the city center, which has rescued more...Read More

  • 11. Birmingham Cathedral

    City Centre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The early-18th-century Cathedral Church of St. Philip, a few blocks from Victoria Square, contains some lovely plasterwork in its elegant, gilded...Read More

  • 12. Black and White House Museum

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The half-timber Old House, crisscrossed with black beams and whitewashed walls, is a fine example of domestic Jacobean architecture. Built in...Read More

  • 13. Charlecote Park

    House/Mansion/Villa

    A celebrated house in the village of Hampton Lucy just outside Stratford, Charlecote Park is a Prodigy house, built in 1558 by Sir Thomas Lucy...Read More

  • 14. Chester Rows

    Building/Architectural Site

    Chester’s unique Rows, which originated in the 12th and 13th centuries, are essentially double rows of stores, one at street level and the other...Read More

  • 15. Coventry Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Before World War II, Coventry, like York and Canterbury, was virtually defined by its cathedral. After the war, to raise national morale, the...Read More

  • 16. Goodrich Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Looming dramatically over the River Wye at Kerne Bridge, from the south the castle looks like a fortress from the Rhineland amid the green fields...Read More

  • 17. Holy Trinity Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 13th-century church on the banks of the River Avon is the final resting place of William Shakespeare. He was buried here not because he...Read More

  • 18. Jewellery Quarter

    Hockley | Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    For more than two centuries, jewelers have worked in the district of Hockley, northwest of the city center; today hundreds of manufacturing...Read More

  • 19. Lichfield Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It’s worth a detour to explore the only medieval English cathedral with three spires. The sandstone building, beautifully sited by a tree-fringed...Read More

  • 20. Lord Leycester Hospital

    Building/Architectural Site

    Unattractive postwar development has spoiled much of Warwick’s town center, but look for the 14th-century half-timber Lord Leycester Hospital...Read More

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