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Warwickshire – Famous for the birthplace of William Shakespeare
The boundaries of Warwickshire have changed considerably over the years and it is now part of the West Midlands Region of England.
England’s most famous poet and playwright was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire (1564) and after spending some years in London as an actor and writer (and part owner of a theatrical company), he returned to his birthplace, where he died three years later at the age of 52.
Warwickshire saw a number of battles during the English Civil War, including the Battle of Edgehill (1642), which was the first pitched battle of this war.
The county was one of the most industrial in Britain during the Industrial Revolution and at the time its boundaries included Birmingham and Coventry.
Reasons to visit Warwickshire
Places worth considering for a visit include Arbury Hall, which was built on the site of a former monastery and displays architecture that offers a mixture of Tudor and 18th century Gothic. Brinklow Castle is not typical of the sort of castles made many centuries later, but if you like medieval motte and bailey castles, you should find this of interest.
A trip to Stratford-upon-Avon is certainly recommended, especially if scenery attracts you more than the Shakespeare connection. Other places of interest include Charlecote Park (one of many parks in the area), Grand Union Canal, Kenilworth Castle (Ruins), Kingsbury Water Park, Mary Arden’s House and Warwick Castle which was built by William the Conqueror in 1068.
Entertainment and Dining in Warwickshire
There are a number of theatres in the county and plenty of nightclubs and pubs, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find something to do (day or night). Restaurants include The Chef’s Dozen in Alcester (British food), Grants of Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon (British) and the Ame Soeur Creperie Restaurant in Leamington Spa (French).
Accommodation in Warwickshire
Most types of accommodation are available (Guest Houses, B&Bs, Camping etc.) and hotels like Chesford Grange in Kenilworth, the Mercure Shakespeare Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon and others.