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Arbury Hall

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Arbury Hall, Arbury Park, Nuneaton, CV10 7PT

Arbury Hall has been the seat of the Newdigate family for over 400 years now and is the ancestral home of Viscount and Viscountess Daventry. The beautiful Elizabethan house was built on the site of a 12th century Augustinian Priory. It was transformed in the 18th century to become the finest example of Gothic Revival architecture in the country.

Arbury Gardens cover approximately 20 acres. Some of this, especially in the vicinity of the Hall, is easily accessible in a wheelchair, but some of the gardens are only passable on foot and there are steep uneven slopes. Ground conditions can also determine access - grass may become soft in wet weather. The ground floor of the Hall is accessible to wheelchair users by the use of ramps. The Gallery on the first floor is not accessible to wheelchair users.

Dogs allowed on leads in gardens only.


Bagot’s Castle

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Church Road, Baginton, CV8 3AR

Bagot’s Castle, in the village of Baginton on the outskirts of Coventry, is believed to originally been built in the 11th century, at the time of King Henry I. It was rebuilt around the late 14th century by Sir William Bagot, a distinguished nobleman of his time. All that remains are the ruins of this historic castle.

The Bluebells at Bagot's Castle are a wonderful site to see - best last week in April and during the month of May. (Image attached).

Bagot's Castle arrange Guided Tours with a talk given by our Archaeologist as you walk around the site for History Groups, W.I. Walking Parties etc. price on request.

We have a Children's Trail for younger and older children - an excellent way to learn about the history of the castle with a small gift at the end of the trail.
We have 3 Bagot Goats and 3 Herdwick sheep which the children love and can guess their names.


Blue Badge Guided Tours

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PO Box 251, Coventry, CV5 9YT

Blue Badge Tourist Guide Roger Bailey offers guided tours for private groups across the Heart of England, both coach and walking. Covering Coventry, Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa and much more. Based in Coventry, he offers a variety of local tours covering many themes and is also a qualified Coventry Green Badge Tourist Guide. He can also help with familiarisation trips, hotel and airport transfers, meet and greet, support for conference delegates and shopping breaks.


Charlecote Mill

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Hampton Lucy, Warwick, CV35 8BB

Charlecote is a piece of working history and one of the only surviving working watermills in the UK. The mill is a constant hive of activity, retaining all the atmosphere and charm of a mill run in Victorian times. Most of the processes we use are as they would have been over 200 years ago and wherever possible grain is still sourced from local farms.


City Sightseeing Stratford Tours

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Avenue Farm Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0HS

The tour will show you all that Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer, and buying your ticket couldn't be easier - simply pay our driver! Enjoy all the attractions Stratford has; from Shakespeare's Birthplace to Mary Arden's farm, view all the fantastic scenery as you pass through the town.


Cook Street Gate

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Cook Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 1JN

Forming part of the old Coventry wall, Cook Street Gate can be found at the very top of Lady Herbert's Garden and looks out across Chauntry Place. The gate was built around 1385 and presented to the city by W.F Wyley in 1913. If you look at the top of the gates you may notice that the battlements look like they have been restored or added recently - in fact these were built around 1931-32. As you pass through the gate, if you look up, you will see an exquisite wooden carving of the Coventry emblem inside.

Coughton Court

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Alcester, B49 5JA

Celebrate 600 years of the Throckmorton family at Coughton Court. Explore the historic house that witnessed Gunpowder plotters, priest holes and Catholic intrigues. Discover the family's struggle to maintain its faith. Home to the Throckmorton family since 1409, Coughton Court holds a unique place in English history. The house stands in 25 acres of grounds with breathtaking formal, informal and traditional gardens set against the backdrop of beautiful Warwickshire countryside.


Coventry Cathedral

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Coventry Cathedral, Priory Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5AB

Coventry Cathedral is a place of celebration, hosting events, concerts and exhibitions throughout the year.

Coventry and its Cathedral were devastated by the Blitz
on 14 November 1940, leaving the old Cathedral ruins behind. Sir Basil Spence, architect of the new Cathedral, suggested keeping the ruins as a memorial of that fateful night. The resulting design is breathtaking and is one of Coventry’s outstanding features. The site has numerous tributes to peace and reconciliation, including the Charred Cross and the Statue of Reconciliation.

Internationally recognised as a beacon of hope, Coventry Cathedral is an inspirational space for reflection.


Coventry Young Explorer’s Discovery Trail

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Coventry Tourist Information Centre
c/o The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Jordan Well

Pick up your free explorers trail from either the Coventry Tourist Information Centre (located inside the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum) or Coventry Cathedral and discover the answers to the 10 questions as you search some of the very special city centre attractions to win your exclusive Coventry Young Explorers badge!

The trail is suitable for children of primary school age (4-11 years) and gives the perfect opportunity to explore Coventry city centre and it's fascinating history.

The trail should take approximately 60 minutes to complete, allowing for walking time between venues but you could easily extend your stay and spend a little extra time in each venue talking with our local experts to find out more about Coventry should you wish to.

There's plenty to discover along the way - good luck explorers!


Ghost Tours at Tudor World Museum Stratford

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40 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6EE

Once Tudor World is closed, the ghost tours take place within the historic building every evening at 6pm and four times on Saturday (6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm). There are no 'tricks' on the tours as such, but it is within a very old and reputedly haunted building. The costumed tour guides will lead you through the museum by lantern light relating the stories of the sightings and some of the history of the building. The tour duration is around one hour (but can sometimes be slightly longer). There is a restricted amount of people allowed in each tour. Prior booking is recommended due to the popularity of the tours. Once inside the building, there are no refunds due to being "too scary". You have been warned!! No one has been lost, died or became insane following a tour - not yet anyway.....


Guys Cliffe House

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Coventry Rd, Warwick, CV34 5YD

Guy’s Cliffe has been occupied since Saxon times and derives its name from the legendary Guy of Warwick. Guy is supposed to have retired to a hermitage on this site, this legend led to the founding of a chantry. The chantry was established in 1423 as the Chapel of St Mary Magdelene and the rock-carved stables and storehouses still remain. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII the site passed into private hands. The current, ruined house dates from 1751 and was started by Samuel Greatheed, a West India merchant and Member of Parliament for Coventry 1747-1761. The estate also comprised a mill, stables, kitchen garden and land as far as Blacklow Hill. The house was used as a hospital during World War I and in the World War II became a school for evacuated children. Guy’s Cliffe estate was broken up and sold in 1947. In 1952 the mill became a pub and restaurant and was named The Saxon Mill, the stables became a riding school, the kitchen garden became a nursery, all of which still exist today. A toll house also stood by the road to the north of the Saxon Mill, but this was demolished in the mid 20th century. The new owner of the house intended to convert it into a hotel, but these plans came to nothing and the house fell into disrepair. In 1955 the house was purchased by Aldwyn Porter and the chapel leased to the Freemasons, establishing a connection with the Masons that remains today. The roof had fallen in by 1966. In 1992 during the filming of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes a fire scene got out of control and seriously damaged the building, leading to an insurance claim. English Heritage has given the building grade II listed status.


Holy Trinity Church Coventry

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5a Priory Row, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5EX

The story of Holy Trinity Church is truly historic. The first known reference to Holy Trinity is in 1113, with its beginnings tied into the history of the Benedictine Priory of St Mary which has long been associated with Earl Leofric and Lady Godiva. The church houses
many rare artefacts, perhaps the most exceptional being the famous medieval wall painting of the Last Judgement which has recently undergone significant restoration and is on full display. Holy Trinity welcomes visitors, free of charge, seven days a week.


Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

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Castle Green off Castle Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1NE

Enjoy a great day out in Warwickshire at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden.

One of the largest historic attractions in the West Midlands, the whole family will enjoy exploring the spectacular castle ruins.

The ruins are best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Dudley created an ornate palace here to impress his Queen in 1575.

Follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I in the authentically recreated Elizabethan Garden. Lost to the world for over 400 years, it is now open to visitors once more.

Wander through carved arbours and marvel at the bejewelled aviary and marble fountain.


Lord Leycester Hospital

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60 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4BH

The Lord Leycester Hospital is not now, and has never been a medical establishment. The word hospital is used in its ancient sense meaning "a charitable institution for the housing and maintenance of the needy, infirm or aged". The Hospital is a historic group of timber-framed buildings dating mainly from the late 14th Century clustered round the Norman gateway into Warwick with its 12th Century Chantry Chapel above it. Hidden behind the ancient buildings is the tiny but delightful Master's Garden. The Hospital is open to the public and welcomes visitors from all over the world throughout the year. Charming rooms are available for the celebration of civil ceremonies and weddings and other private functions.​


Lunt Roman Fort

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Coventry Road, Baginton, Baginton, CV8 3AJ

The only reconstructed wooden fort in Britain, the Lunt dates from around 60AD, the same period as the Boudican rebellion. From Roman pottery, military artefacts and the imposing Eastern Gateway, to thrilling Roman themed re-enactments, get a sense of what it was like to live in a fort with this educational family experience.


Mary Arden's Farm

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Station Road, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9UN

Explore the house where Shakespeare's mother grew up and experience for yourself the daily routine, skills and crafts the young William Shakespeare would have learned from visits to his grandparents in the 1570s. You will find all the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic Tudor farm.

Mary Arden's Farm is a working farm that keeps pace with the seasons which means there is always something new to see and do.


Old Blue Coat School

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5a Priory Row, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5EX

Located within the Cathedral Quarter of the city centre, this chateau-style Blue Coat School is believed to have been founded in 1714 as a charity school for girls who spent their last two years being trained in the rigours of domestic service.

The present building is built over the ruins of the Cathedral and Priory of St Mary's. It dates from the 1850's and was restored in 2000.


Priory Visitor Centre

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6 Priory Row,

Coventry Priory Visitors Centre (behind Nando’s) is the community interest company that re-opened the Priory Visitors centre and re-imagined it as a new space.

Lady Godiva and Leofric, the Earl of the Kingdom of Mercia founded a Priory for 24 Friars and an Abbot circa 1030 that became a church in 1046 and then the cities 1st Cathedral in 1102 before becoming the only Cathedral in the land destroyed by King Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The Priory Visitor Centre now host the finds that were recovered from the 1999 Channel 4 Time Team/Coventry Archaeology excavations including the cathedral itself, the cloisters, the undercrofts and the two Parliaments held here in Coventry in 1404 and 1459 in the Chapterhouse.

The venue hosts a number of local artists and artisans who sell their Coventry made products exclusively from here so you can take a piece of Coventry with you as well as organising bi-monthly themed lunches

In addition to this, the Priory Visitor Centre hire their centre, the undercrofts and the cloisters for events, graduation ceremonies, meetings, AGM’s, training days, private parties etc.

Pricing: Free entry - tour prices vary

Group bookings and tours by request.


Ragley Hall

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Ragley, Alcester, B49 5NJ

The family home of the 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford and their children, this magnificent estate dates back to 1680 with the Hall open to the public on select dates throughout the year for guided tours. With the Adventure Wood, 3D Maze and boating on the lake guaranteeing a fun family day out, it’s a stunning attraction in the Warwickshire countryside.


Revival Cars

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Unit 33, Bilton Industrial Estate, Humber Avenue, Coventry, CV3 1JL

Revival Cars puts you in the driving seat of some of the best classic cars available without the headache of ownership. Tailored for classic car enthusiasts or simply for those who would like to drive something different or arrive in style. Vehicles are maintained to the highest standards by in-house mechanics and offer customers a comprehensive vehicle hand-over service. Why not combine the experience of hiring a classic car with an overnight break to Coventry and Warwickshire? Revival have teamed up with some of our best hotels in the area and negotiated competitive room rates to offer hire/hotel packages.


Rugby Town Guided Walking Tours

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Tours leave from Rugby Visitor Centre, Little Elbow Street, Rugby, CV21 3BZ

Take a journey of discovery through Rugby town centre, revealing fascinating facts about the history of the borough. From sport to literature and engineering, Rugby boasts unique and fascinating heritage. Tours are led by local guides, expert in the history and heritage of the town.
The free tours start at Rugby Visitor Centre and visit the Webb Ellis Football Museum, the Webb Ellis Statue and The Queen’s Gates at Rugby School’s The Close. Other stops include Regent Street, High Street, the Rupert Brooke Statue and St Andrew’s Church.


Shakespeare Walking Tour of Stratford

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40 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6EE

Master Shakespeare has come back through time to provide tours of his beloved home town. William will guide you along beautiful streets and wonderful old buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon, whilst relating tales to his personal life and plays. Tours begin at 2pm on Saturdays from his old tavern (now Tudor World in Sheep Street) and pass his birthplace, daughter's houses, his old school, his theatre and finally, his last resting place at Holy Trinity Church.


St John the Baptist Church

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Fleet Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 3AY

St John’s was built by Medieval Religious Guilds in 1344 on land given by Queen Isabella. Located on the corner of Medieval Spon Street, this Grade I listed masterpiece of architecture is one of the most beautiful churches in England. Carved from rose sandstone, the church is steeped in history. During the Civil War the building was used to house Scottish Royalists, giving rise to the saying ‘Sent to Coventry’.


St Michael's Tower Climb

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Coventry Cathedral, Priory Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5AB

Climb the Cathedral Tower for the best view in Coventry! Open 7 days a week except during bell ringing sessions*.

The Cathedral Tower Climb costs an additional £4, and £2 for U18’s. (Children are permitted to climb at their carer’s discretion and we do not recommend the climb for younger children due to the amount of steps and the nature of the climb, no climbers under the age of 8 will be permitted)

The Tower will ordinarily be open from 10-4 Monday to Saturday, and 12-3 on Sunday but sometimes events in the Ruins or inclement weather conditions may mean reduced opening hours, so please check in advance by calling 024 7652 1248 if you are planning on making a special trip.

*Subject to staff availability and events taking place which may mean that the tower is not accessible.

Once you’ve climbed all 180 plus steps and taken in the magnificent views, why not treat yourself to a little something from the Tower Gift Shop? There are a range of Blitz themed items, retro toys, sweets, general Cathedral souvenirs, and even a squirrel shaped item or two!


St. Mary's Guildhall

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Bayley Lane, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5RN

Death, intrigue, scandal and spilt custard...are not compulsory when you visit St. Mary's Guildhall, but can be discovered in more than 600 years worth of stories from the finest medieval guildhall in the country. Located in the city's historic Cathedral Quarter, St. Mary's Guildhall miraculously survived the Second World War bombing raids, and stands as a monument to the power and wealth of medieval Coventry. With magnificent interiors, collections of armour, historic furniture, artworks and internationally important tapestries, the Guildhall offers a window into Coventry's glorious past. A prison to Mary, Queen of Scots, a theatre for Shakespeare and an inspiration to George Eliot, St. Mary's Guildhall is a fascinating free experience for all ages, at the historic heart of the city of Coventry.


Stoneleigh Abbey

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Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, CV8 2LF

Stoneleigh Abbey is a beautiful stately home dating back to 1154, nestled amongst 690 acres of stunning parkland. Overlooking the river Avon, the Abbey is just 10 minutes’ drive from the M40 motorway and minutes away from Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington. Come and see why Jane Austen was so intrigued by its grandeur. Stoneleigh Abbey is a beautiful place to visit for pleasure and an impressive venue to hold your event.


Stratford Armouries

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Gospel Oak Lane, Pathlow, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0JA

Stratford Armouries is a truly unique museum and visitor centre set in 86 acres of rolling Warwickshire countryside. The galleries house a range of world-class exhibits that will amaze the whole family. It isn't only a museum, we offer a range of facilities making it a perfect day out for the family. As well as world-class exhibits we have a beautifully decorated restaurant serving locally sourced food.


Stratford Town Walk

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Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BA

Join the award-winning daily walking tour, taking place 365 days a year and discover Stratford and its fascinating relationship with William Shakespeare.

Interesting and entertaining - "A must do".

See the Shakespeare Houses, Theatres, River Avon, 15th century timber framed buildings, Guild Chapel, Shakespeare's School and visit Holy Trinity Church. Hear fascinating stories of fire, flood, plague, old fashioned sayings, medieval cures and history, wrapped up in a little Shakespeare.

No need to book, meet on the waterside opposite Sheep Street.


Swanswell Gate

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Chauntry Place, Coventry City Centre, CV1 1JD

A large section of wall still extends from Swanswell Gate up to Cook Street Gate. If you look closely, you can make out a small gargoyle in the brickwork near the top of the gate.

The Weaver's House

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121, Upper Spon Street, Spon End, Coventry, CV1 3BQ

In Spon Street, one of the most historic streets in Coventry, The Weaver’s House has been restored to show how it would have looked in 1540. Experience how John Croke, a Coventry narrow-loom weaver and his family would have lived and worked. You can also see a full-size replica of the loom he would have used. At the back of the Weaver’s House is a medieval garden showing the plants that would have been grown for food, flavouring, medicine and household use. The house is very close to the city centre and therefore other local places of interest. If you are planning to bring your group to Coventry, a visit to The Weaver’s House would be an ideal complement to larger sites. Visit the website for more details and to find out how the property was rescued from impending destruction and carefully restored.


Warwick Castle

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Warwick Castle, Warwick, CV34 4QU

Warwick Castle aims to deliver the Castle of your imagination, whether you’re a 6 year old princess or a 60 year old re-enactor. They constantly work to keep experiences fresh and are always grounded by history and legend. So what makes a brilliant day out? Warwick Castle is not your average castle. It is full to the turrets with dramatic shows, interactive experiences, storytelling, demonstrations, activities and more.