Another castle built by William the Conqueror, this time in 1068, Warwick was later remodelled in stone in the 12th century. Warwick Castle was home to the powerful Earls of Warwick, including Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, nicknamed 'The Kingmaker' for his role during the Wars of the Roses. Over the centuries several of the Earls of Warwick met untimely and violent deaths, including one executed for high treason in the Tower of London! At Warwick Castle you can immerse yourself in a thousand years of jaw-dropping history - come rain or shine. Now owned by Merlin Entertainments, the castle boasts life-size tableaux, stunning interiors, the Castle Dungeon and much, much more. And you can even spend the night here!
After 5,000 years the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is still a unique and awe-inspiring day out with the kids or family; an exceptional survivor from a culture now lost to us. The monument evolved between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC and is aligned with the rising and setting of the sun at the solstices, but its exact purpose remains a mystery!
Home to the Crown Jewels, Yeoman Warders (known as ‘Beefeaters’) and the legendary ravens, The Tower of London has lots to offer for a day out for the kids or family. Her Royal Majesty's Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, to give it its full title, was founded just after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The White Tower in the centre of the fortress was built by William the Conqueror in 1078. Used as a prison since the 12th century, the Tower has played an important part in the history of England.
Also situated in Warwickshire - just down the road, actually - is the picturesque riverside town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, which would be a tourist destination in its own right even if it wasn't for the fact that a certain Elizabethan playwright was born there! The birthplace of William Shakespeare attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year from all around the globe. Among the town's many attractions, you can visit Shakespeare's Birthplace (pictured above); New Place where he died in 1616; the church where he is buried; Ann Hathaway's Cottage and his mother Mary Arden's house just outside the town. And no visit would be complete without attending a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the famous Theatre on the banks of the River Avon.
"The loveliest Castle in the world". Bring the whole family for a day out to Leeds Castle with your Key to the Castle ticket and journey through 900 years of captivating history. Open all year round, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Why not prolong your visit with a B&B overnight stay in the Stable Courtyard Bedrooms.