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Mary Arden's House in Wilmcote, Warwickshire on the Shakespeare trail

Mary Arden’s House in Wilmcote, Warwickshire on the Shakespeare trail

Warwickshire is a landlocked county in the English midlands with the major cities of Birmingham to the north and Oxford to the south. It is a county of great variety and some pleasant surprises too.

The county town is Warwick, home of the famous and stunning Warwick Castle that has a fascinating past. In fact Warwickshire has its fair share of historic manor houses, such as Baddesley Clinton and Coughton Court to name a couple, but also castles and some lovely gardens too, all of which are worth exploring.

Warwickshire is Shakespeare country!

Warwickshire has a proud and illustrious history going back through the centuries. The town of Straford-upon-Avon, which nestles on the busy River Avon, has long been associated with William Shakespeare and is a magnet from tourists who flock to see the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and many other attractions from all around the globe. George Eliot was also born in the county.

Bidford church nestling by the peaceful River Avon in Warwickshire

Bidford church nestling by the peaceful River Avon in Warwickshire

Stratford itself is a pretty town; but the county boasts a number of attractive market towns and villages that are all pleasing to the eye, including Alcester, Shipston-on-Stour, Bidford-on-Avon and Kenilworth.

The south of Warwickshire borders on to the edge of The Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty that is easily accessible.