Stratford-Upon-Avon Charlecote Walk, Stratford-upon-Avon (Self Guided)

The Charlecote walk offers you a great stroll through the English countryside. The impressive Victorian Charlecote Park, the surrounding grounds and the Hampton Lucy village, are wonderful to explore and here you will see Shakespeare's hometown, which is just four miles away.
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Stratford-Upon-Avon Charlecote Walk Map

Guide Name: Stratford-Upon-Avon Charlecote Walk
Guide Location: England » Stratford-upon-Avon (See other walking tours in Stratford-upon-Avon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: ChristineT
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Wellesbourne Wartime Museum

1) Wellesbourne Wartime Museum

The Wellesbourne Wartime Museum, located close to Wellesbourne village, is an unusual find in this peaceful countryside. The underground power command and bunker have some interesting artifacts related to British aviation from the time of WWII. Parked on the airfield are a few old military planes, including a 1960s' Vulcan. There's also a flight school.

Operation hours: Sundays & Bank Holidays 10 am - 4 pm.
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Cascade at Charlecote's grounds

2) Cascade at Charlecote's grounds

Charlecote Park is a grand 16th century country house, surrounded by its own deer park, on the banks of the River Avon near Wellesbourne, about 4 miles (6 km) east of Stratford-upon-Avon and 5.5 miles (9 km) south of Warwick, Warwickshire, England. It has been administered by the National Trust since 1946 and is open to the public. It is a Grade I listed building

The Lucy family, who came to England with William the Conqueror, has owned the land since 1247. Charlecote Park was built in 1558 by Sir Thomas Lucy, and Queen Elizabeth I stayed in the room that is now the drawing room. Although the general outline of the Elizabethan house remains, nowadays it is in fact mostly Victorian.

The Great Hall has a barrel-vaulted ceiling made of plaster painted to look like timber and is a fine setting for the splendid collection of family portraits. The original two-storey Elizabethan gatehouse that guards the approach to the house remains unaltered. Charlecote Park covers 185 acres (75 ha), backing on to the River Avon.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Deer Park

3) Deer Park

The deer park is located on the outskirts of the Charlecote Park. Deer have been present here since Tudor times, and are very tame. The herd is usually gathers close to the river and local sheep keep them company. Visitors can approach them to a certain distance, but are not allowed to feed them, or disturb the herd.
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Charlecote Park

4) Charlecote Park (must see)

Charlecote Park is a 16th century country house in a deer park, on the banks of the River Avon. Charlecote Park was built in 1558 by Sir Thomas Lucy, and Queen Elizabeth I stayed in the room that's now the drawing room. Although the general outline of the Elizabethan house remains, today it is mostly Victorian in design and decor. Successive generations of the Lucy family had modified Charlecote Park over the centuries, but in 1823, George Hammond Lucy inherited the house and set about renovating it. The Great Hall has a barrel-vaulted ceiling made of plaster painted to look like timber, and it's a fine setting for the splendid collection of family portraits. Other rooms have richly colored wallpaper, decorated plaster ceilings and wood paneling. There are magnificent pieces of furniture and fine works of art, including a contemporary painting of Queen Elizabeth I. The original Elizabethan gatehouse that guards the approach to the house remains unaltered.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saint Leonard Church

5) Saint Leonard Church

The Saint Leonard Church is situated outside Charlecote Park grounds. The beautiful 15th century church, originally founded as Lucy's family chapel, was completely rebuilt in 1851, and it became a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic style. The Northern chapel is the location of the manor's founders' memorials - the Lucy family - that dates back to 1600, and are considered to be the oldest remaining graves. On the church grounds there is a cemetery which contains all of Charlecote Park's previous owners.
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Charlecote Mill

6) Charlecote Mill

The Charlecote Mill is a fully operating water-powered mill, located on the outskirts of the Hampton Lucy village. The site was built around the 19th century, and has remained practically unchanged. The mill welcomes visitors so they can learn about the flour-making process. There's also a little shop where you can buy flour and some souvenirs.
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Saint Peter Church

7) Saint Peter Church (must see)

Saint Peter Church is one of the earliest Gothic churches in England. Located in the small village of Hampton Lucy, it was built in the 1826 on the site of a previous church. This outstanding edifice is famous for its east-looking stained-glass window, illustrating episodes from St. Peter's life. The high, vaulted ceiling creates the spectacular feeling of a spacious cathedral.
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The Boars Head

8) The Boars Head

The Boars Head is a pub in the village of Hampton Lucy. The present site comes from the 17th century and is a traditional English pub for locals' gatherings and it's a perfect recreational and dining place for county visitors. The pub offers superb homemade food and a nice selection of beer, mostly from local brewers.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Stratford-upon-Avon for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Stratford-upon-Avon, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.