The Heart of England beats with heritage and history, and also boasts some of Britain's most evocative countryside and prettiest villages. Stretching from the Cotswolds in the south to the Welsh Marches in the north, it embraces everything from mile after mile of lush farmland to the historic industrial centres of the Black Country and Potteries in the Midlands and Staffordshire.
This city of dreaming spires, with the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Take time to explore some of the colleges of Oxford University and learn about their history. Walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter or Lyra (The Golden Compass). See where J.R.R.Tolkein and C.S.Lewis lived and studied. There is something here for everyone.
Blenheim Palace is the home of the Duke of Marlborough and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, who is buried just down the road at Bladon. The palace contains a wonderful collection of paintings, furniture and tapestries.
Have you ever wanted to explore a proper castle, well this is your opportunity. Warwick Castle has a dungeon, a ghost, suits of armour and beautifully furnished state apartments. You can even go back in time to the sights and smells of 1471, as the Earl of Warwick and his men prepare for the Battle of Barnet.
Stratford-upon-Avon is best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, who was born in Henley Street in 1564. He was baptised in Holy Trinity Church and attended the local school. See the house where he lived, plus other properties associated with him. His wife’s family home in Shottery and his mother’s house in Wilmcote are also open to the public. There is plenty to keep you occupied for most of the day and you can even visit the theatre in the evening for a final treat.