Overlooking the river Avon on the edge of Stratford, Charlecote Park has been part of this corner of rural Warwickshire for centuries, and was visited by both Shakespeare and Elizabeth I. Still the Lucy family home after 900 years, it now expresses the vision of the Victorian owners George Hammond Lucy and his wife, the formidable Mary Elizabeth, who extended their home and filled it with treasures from their European travels. Today, the kitchen is brought to life in cooking and costume, and across the courtyard you can explore the laundry and brewhouse which once hummed with the activity of a busy working estate. Discover the stables which house the family’s carriage collection, each with its own story to tell. Stroll through the gardens that Mary Elizabeth loved so dearly, from the formal parterre to the shady woodland garden with rare plants and borders full of colourful herbaceous planting. Photo credits: All pics - Jana Eastwood.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Access restricted to ground floor of mansion & outbuildings, parts of garden & park accessible
- Facilities: Virtual tour available, ramp to kitchens, shop & restaurant
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Grounds & outbuildings open daily, 10-6, winter 10-4 (dusk if earlier). Shop & tearoom open daily, 10.30-5, winter 10.30-4. House open 18 Feb-24 Mar, 11.30-3.30, guided tours Wed; 25 Mar-5 Nov, 11-4, guided tours Wed; 11 Nov-17 Dec, wknds 1
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About the area
The sparkle of sunlight on a gentle river as it meanders through beautiful countryside; the reflections of sailing boats on a lake; relaxing with a pint in the garden of an old English pub in a picturesque village; brightly coloured narrow boats making their way through a flight of lock gates; the imposing silhouette of an historic castle. These are the scenes that make Warwickshire a delight.
There may be few seriously high hills in this fertile plain, but it is an area full of attractive walking in rolling countryside, blessed with a fascinating history and wonderful places and buildings to visit. This is Shakespeare’s county, and the footprint of the famous Bard appears almost everywhere. He was born and brought up around the beautiful Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and many of his plays draw upon his own experiences in the area.
Warwickshire has a history that embraces the Civil War, castles and large country houses are scattered over the county. Warwick Castle is the home of the Earl of Warwick, Kenilworth Castle was a stronghold for lords and kings of England in the 11th and 12th centuries, and so the list goes on.
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