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A magnificent Georgian mansion, set in three acres of grounds, YHA Stratford-upon-Avon is ideal for a budget family break. Recently refurbished with the addition of a new café and renovated bar/restaurant facility, the hostel is ideal for trips to this iconic part of central England. The Grade II-listed Hemmingford House is only two miles from Shakespeare’s birthplace, with easy access to historic Stratford-upon-Avon and its impressive Tudor touches.
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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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