Stratford-upon-Avon is famous for history in its own right. However, the county of Warwickshire also has a vast history that is worth exploring. We’ve put together a list of the some of the best places to visit within the county which you can enjoy as part of a day trip away from Shakespeare Marina.

Warwick Castle

A medieval stronghold which was developed from a wooden fort by William the Conqueror in 1068, the majestic Warwick Castle can be enjoyed on foot or from the comfort of your own boat as the River Avon flows alongside the grounds on its east side. The castle often puts on special events aimed at bringing 1,100 years of history to life.


Warwick Racecourse

Home of the Kingmaker Chase, Classic Chase and New Year’s Eve racing, Warwick Racecourse is a National Hunt racecourse which has fixtures from September until May. Situated in the heart of the county it provides a memorable day out with family and friends.


Kenilworth Castle

An Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle has a history spanning 900 years. Having been constructed between the Norman and Tudor periods, visitors can marvel at the mighty Norman keep and imagine medieval monarchs entertaining in the Great Hall. If that’s not enough, then you can walk in the footsteps of the great Tudor queen, Elizabeth I and explore the immaculate garden.


Hill Close Gardens

Lovingly restored and nationally recognised are the hidden, hedged Hill Close Gardens of Warwick. The gardens were brought back to life by local volunteers and neighbouring residents and, with a mix of fruits, flowers, grassed areas and vegetables there is lots to learn and discover about all the interesting and rare plants.


St. Nicholas Park

St Nicholas Park has a range of fun activities for all to enjoy. From mini golf and an outside pool to swan pedalos to hire and a picnic lawn, the park has so many things for you to do and see.

So, whether you fancy a river view of Warwick Castle or a day full of activity, you can be rest assured that Warwickshire can provide some memorable days out within a stone’s throw from Shakespeare Marina.