The area is blessed with some of the finest hotels and attractions you will find anywhere in England. Shakespeare’s England is home to the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Within the town you can visit his birthplace and see how this literary legend was born and raised, and also explore many other houses associated with his life.
Stratford-upon-Avon is also home to the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company and the newly refurbished Theatre. Here you can see many of Shakespeare’s plays performed along with many new original productions. Shakespeare’s England is also home to Warwick Castle, England’s Ultimate Castle, where 1,100 years of history comes to life. One of Britain’s favourite attractions, a visit to Warwick Castle is a step back in time.
Within the town you can visit his birthplace and see how this literary legend was born and raised, and also explore many other houses associated with his life including Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Gardens, Mary Arden's Farm, Halls Croft and New Place - the completely re-imagined site of Shakespeare's final home, new for 2016. You can also pay your respects at Shakespeare's grave at Holy Trinity Church on the banks of the River Avon.
Stratford-upon-Avon is also home to the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company and the newly refurbished Theatres. Here you can see many of Shakespeare’s classic plays performed along with many new original and contemporary productions.
The town is also home to Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall, opening to the public for the first time in 2016 as a brand new visitor attraction. Come and be inspired at the place where the world's greatest playwright was educated.
From its days as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution when its innovations changed the world, through to its position today as an exciting and vibrant international city, Birmingham is one of the UK’s top visited cities, attracting nearly 38million visitors every year.
Why? Because the Birmingham region is diverse, exciting, acclaimed for its cultural strengths, sporting and retail offer and heralded as a foodie haven. Home to 5 Michelin-starred restaurants and a year-round calendar of festivals and events, its own symphony orchestra and royal ballet company, museums, theatres and much more, Birmingham has something for everyone.
Home to the final resting place of King Richard III - the last English king to be killed in battle - at Leicester Cathedral, you can find out more about the fascinating story of the discovery of his grave under a Leicester car park in 2012 at the award-winning King Richard III Visitor Centre. To complete the story, why not visit Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, the scene of the King's final battle in 1485.
For those who love their industrial heritage, you can ride on the UK's only mainline heritage steam railway at Great Central Railway or hire a narrowboat and manoeuvre the Victorian staircase of 10 locks at Foxton Locks.
As well as 2,000 years of history, Leicester also looks to the future as the home of the 'out-of-this-world' National Space Centre, the only UK attraction dedicated to space. There's plenty for children and parents to enjoy with great family attractions including Twycross Zoo, Conkers and Twinlakes Park.