Heart of England, Stratford & Warwick Castle

Heart of England, Stratford & Warwick Castle

A 5 day visit to the 'Heart of England' taking in Warwick, Stratford-on-Avon & historic Coughton Court


A 5 day visit to the 'Heart of England' taking in Warwick, Stratford-on-Avon & historic Coughton Court


A town synonymous with William Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon introduces you to a market town with more than 800 years of history containing not only many buildings that survive to-day and would have been familiar to Shakespeare, but also a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure and shopping experiences. The Countess of Evesham is a popular, well established family run 70ft restaurant cruiser and afternoon tea is served on board as we enjoy the peace, tranquility and enchanting views as the boat cruises some of the most delightful stretches of the gently flowing River Avon.



The historic town of Warwick, with its magnificent Castle, secret gardens, antique shops and great choice of restaurants, is a magical place for a short break.

Warwick Castle, Britain's Ultimate Castle, lies at the heart of Warwick. Visit the lavishly decorated State Rooms, scale the towers and ramparts and descend into the dark dungeon. Be chilled in the ghost tower, meet colourful characters and enjoy year round entertainment from Easter and Christmas festivities to jousting tournaments and birds of prey displays. With a Victorian Rose Garden, Mill, Engine House and 60 acres of grounds to explore, there is plenty to enjoy.

One of the most delightful discoveries in Warwick is the Lord Leycester Hospital. This beautiful collection of 14th century timber-framed buildings, home to ex-servicemen known as The Brethren, house a chapel, Great Hall, galleried courtyard and Regimental Museum of the Queen's Own Hussars. Hidden at the back of the Hospital discover one of the oldest gardens in Warwick, the Master's Garden, a tranquil oasis in the midst of the town.

The Master's Garden is one of several historic gardens in and around Warwick. Other gems include the Mill Garden at the bottom of Mill Street. Relax in this secluded garden and enjoy some of the finest views of Warwick Castle and the river. Hill Close Gardens were once a retreat for Victorian townsfolk. Talk to the gardeners who tend the plots and find out how local people saved Hill Close Gardens from destruction. Wander along the old paths, discover unusual varieties of fruit and vegetables from Victorian times, rest inside little brick summerhouses, and listen to birdsong.


Henley in Arden

Idyllic Henley in Arden is one of the oldest market towns in Shakespeare’s England. The name of this town refers to the Forest of Arden, which is just next to the town. With its avenue of elegant Cotswold stone houses, a few Tudor relics, eclectic shops and affluent residents, Henley in Arden has an un-spoilt historic high street. It is host to a wonderful collection of shops, restaurants and pubs. Henley was a market town of some importance in the Middle Ages. In the centre of the town is the old Market Place, where stands the remains of the 15th century Market Cross, one of the few still existing in Warwickshire. Proclamations have been made from the Cross for more than five centuries, including the proclamation of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. The one mile long High Street is a conservation area and contains over 150 buildings of Historic Interest.

Coughton Court

Coughton Court (pronounced "coat un") is a Grade 1 listed English Tudor country house and has been owned by the Throckmorton family since 1409. Coughton Court stands in 25 acres of grounds containing some of the most beautiful gardens in the country.

Coughton Court still has many of its original features including its flamboyant sixteenth-century gate tower. It is one of the last remaining Roman Catholic houses in the country to retain its historic treasures, housing one of the very best collections of portraits and memorabilia of one family from the early Tudor times. Alongside family items on display, there are pieces such as the chemise reputedly worn by Mary Queen of Scots when she was executed and a bishop's Cope, with intricate needlework, believed to have been worked upon by Catherine of Aragon.

Day 1

We depart Cumbria in the morning for our journey south to Lichfield, time at leisure in this interesting city that is steeped in heritage. We leave late afternoon for the rest of the journey south to Kenilworth and our hotel the Chesford Grange. Dinner in the hotel tonight.


Day 2

Experience the sights and ambience of Stratford-Upon-Avon, a town synonymous with William Shakespeare. Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps at the house where he was born and grew up, or head off on the self-guided heritage trail. There are many cafes, shops and the riverside gardens to enjoy. In the afternoon we board the ‘Countess of Evesham’ for an included gentle relaxing cruise and cream tea on the River Avon. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

Today we head to Warwick where we have an included visit to the magnificent castle, experience one thousand years of jaw-dropping history, great battles, ancient myths, spellbinding tales, pampered princesses, heroic knights and much much more. Time to explore Warwick in the afternoon before returning to Stratford for dinner.

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Day 4

After breakfast today we head to the ancient market town of Henley-in-Arden, with its unspoilt historic high street, before our included visit to Coughton Court, a fine Tudor estate owned by the Throckmorton family since 1409, with an absorbing history linked to the Gunpowder Plot and a conspiracy to assassinate Elizabeth I. Explore the 25 acres of award winning gardens. Final dinner at the hotel.

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Day 5

We leave our hosts at the Chesford Grange hotel for the return journey to Cumbria, stopping off en route for lunch at the award winning Trentham Garden Centre. We are due home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Chesford Grange Hotel

In the beautiful town of Kenilworth lies Chesford Grange, our wonderful four-star hotel on the banks of the River Avon. Accessible from the M40 and M69, guests will be able to explore the county of Warwickshire with ease from this central location.

With its historic charm and contemporary interior, Chesford Grange offers a picture-perfect backdrop for weddings, business conferences and family getaways. 

Inside the hotel, 205 spacious bedrooms are available with round-the-clock room service, excellent Wi-Fi connectivity, en-suite facilities including bath and shower, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities,TV, direct dial telephone, safe

Our team of specialist chefs can cook up a special dish to be delivered to your room, or you can join us in one of our two excellent dining locations. The River Room and Terrace Bar both has refreshing, interesting menus to suit all tastes.

Our facilities won't disappoint either, and guests can enjoy access to the well-equipped health club and swimming pool. If you're in Warwickshire for a relaxing retreat, don't forget to sit back on our heated loungers and pay a visit to rejuvenating spa.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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