One of the most magnificent stately homes in England, Charlecote Park has existed for well over four centuries, and overlooks a superb deer park and elegant landscaped grounds. It lies just to the east of the attractive riverside town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the internationally acclaimed playwright William Shakespeare, and is near a great selection of premium Warwickshire hotels.
History of Charlecote Park
This land has actually been owned by the Lucy family since the 13th Century, who created Charlecote Park in the 1550s and built an elegant and striking Elizabethan house. The building was largely replaced in the Victorian period, however, although it was still designed in its original architectural style, hence it appears much older than its age would suggest.
Things to See
After a delicious breakfast at a nearby hotel, see the house's elegant Victorian interior, find out how its servants once lived, and observe its fascinating Tudor artwork and portraits of the Lucy family who have lived here for centuries. Have a relaxing walk through the vast parkland, admire the scenic views, and observe the numerous deer and spotty sheep in their natural habitat.
Charlecote Park organises plenty of exciting events throughout the visitor season, from library book talks and a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt to guided tours where people can find out more about the estate's development, and the history of the Lucy family. Many local hotels also provide detailed tourist guides and tour desks where you can learn more about upcoming events at Charlecote Park and other attractions in the vicinity.
Other Places to Visit near Charlecote Park
Spend some time in the famous market town of Warwick, which is noted for its attractive 17th and 18th Century buildings and is overlooked by an imposing castle dating back to the Norman era. Adjacent to Warwick is the equally picturesque town of Royal Leamington Spa, which grew to prominence in the late Georgian era as one of Britain’s most popular spa centres. All hotels near Charlecote Park also have good transport links to the rest of the country, with frequent direct trains to London and Birmingham via Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa, and motorway links to the rest of the country via the M40 and M6.