Fall in love with Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon this Autumn

  • White Cottage

  • Bridge constructed out of stones

  • Lush Garden with green grass and pink and orange flowers.

  • Shakespeare's Birthplace, Brown cottage

  • Exterior of a Stone CAstle

Summer has come and gone, but Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon couldn’t look more beautiful! After you visit a few of these must-see places, I guarantee you will fall in love with these two historic towns this autumn.

Warwick, the county town of Warwickshire, is known for its magnificent castle – founded by William the Conqueror in 1068 – and plenty of historic charm, which for me blends perfectly with the golden colors of autumn, making it an ideal destination to explore with the family.

Likewise, Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town most famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, is located along the banks of the River Avon and is only a 20-minute drive from Warwick town center.

Here are my must-see places for getting the most out of your visit:

Warwick Castle
Britain’s most amazing castle is filled with history, magic, myth, and adventure. Unlike any other castle, here you will be able to see Madam Tussauds’ wax models and spectacular live shows bringing history to life – a must for every history lover!

The Mill Garden
If you are coming to visit before the end of October, you should definitely explore this gorgeous garden located at the bottom of Mill Street. Enjoy a peaceful walk, taking in all the colors of autumn, blending perfectly with the beauty of the river. The ruins of the medieval bridge and the amazing display of trees and flowers.

St Mary’s Church
A wonderful historic building with 1,000 years of heritage. If you aren’t afraid of heights, then you should definitely go up to the top of the tower and admire the stunning views of Warwick.  Another great reason to visit St Mary’s Church this autumn is the Warwick Poppies 2018 project, where you will be able to see a display of thousands of handmade poppies to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. It is available from October 6 to December 9.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Discover everything about William Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers of all times, and visit the house where he was born and grew up.  If you’re anything like me and can’t get enough of Shakespeare, then you must visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. While you’re there, treat yourself to a delicious cake and warm up with a cup of tea at the cottage’s café.

Lastly, if you have any extra time I highly recommend planning ahead and buying tickets to a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Romeo & Juliet is a classic everyone loves, and what better place to see it than in the hometown of William Shakespeare! The play is on tour until mid-January 2019.

With all of these places to see, I suggest spending two days exploring Warwick and one day in Stratford-upon-Avon, just visiting the Castle will take you half a day. Plan a long weekend getaway and transport yourself back in time to an era rich in history and culture.

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Bettina M-V. Are you interested in traveling to Warwick? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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