Warwickshire Days Out
What are the Best Days Out in Warkwickshire, UK?
Are you looking for days out in Warwickshire? I've lived in the area for several years, first as a child myself, then as a young adult, moving away for a few years and then coming back with my own family. I love days out and have tried and tested lots of tourist attractions and outings. Whether you're looking for days out in Warwickshire for couples, families, kids, toddlers (1, 2 and 3 year olds). This article has lots of ideas and inside knowledge of attractions. As well as reading this website you should also check out offers on days out in Warwickshire on the Visit Coventry and Warwickshire website
Photo of Warwick Castle by Big Tall Guy
Farms in Warwickshire
Warkwickshire is excellent for children's farms for great days out. Here are two I've personally been to visit. There are some more options below too. Hatton Farm - this has lots to do for the children including feeding the animals, trampolines, small fair rides, sand pits, tractor rides, playground and lots, lots more. There is also a soft play (a small extra charge) and cafe. Hatton farm can be expensive but it really is great for the kids. Look out for 2 for 1 offers on tickets as they have these quite frequently. You can sometimes get 2 for 1 vouchers on voucher cloud. Also, it tends to be cheaper to go in term time. So if you have toddlers or preschoolers (under 5s) term time is the best time to to go.
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Umberslade Farm is situated in Tanworth-in-Arden and I have visited it with my 3 year old son and niece. Its a small children's farm, and it wasn't too busy when went despite it being over the Easter break. We went in April which is a good time to go to see all the baby animals. We saw lambs, piglets and chicks. While we were there a goat also gave birth to some kids. There was a timetable of events throughout the day and we got to go on a tractor ride, bottlefeed the lambs, feed the ducks and chickens, stroke some rabbits and hold a baby chick. There's a nice playground and ride on tractor toys too. We ate in the cafe and the food was nice and reasonably priced. I really enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend it.
More Children's Farms in Warwickshire
- Ash End House Children's Farm
Ash End House Farm is a family owned farm which has been operating as a Children's Farm for over 25 years.Based in Middleton, near Tamworth
- Broomey Croft Children's Farm
An award winning family-run farm which has been created with children in mind. There are lots of friendly farm animals to hand feed and a chance to meet some of the UK's rare breeds in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Take a free ride on the farm's
- Hoar Park Children's Farm
See a wide variety of Children’s Pets such as Rabbits and Guinea Pigs. There is also a large selection of various breeds of Poultry, Pygmy Goats, Ducks and Geese, Deer, Sheep and a Kun Kun Pig.
Warwickshire - Home of Shakespeare
Did you know? Stratford upon Avon, is in the county of Warwickshre and the place where William Shakespeare was born!
Animal Attractions in Warwickshire
If you want some more animal attractions in Warwickshire, here are some ideas below.
- Stratford Butterfly Farm
The butterfly farm at Stratford upon Avon. Allow an hour or two to explore the butterfly farm in Stratford. As well as the butterfiles you can see reptiles too.
- Twycross Zoo
Come and see our comprehensive collection of primates, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and fish!
Historic Attractions in Warwickshire
Warwickshire is steeped in history. It's perhaps most famous for being the county where Shakespeare was born. He was born in Stratford and Stratford hosts lots of historical tourist attractions. Other famous historical tourist attractions include Warwick Castle. There are also lots of National Trust Properties which often have lots to do for all ages. See below for some links to some fantastic historical days out in Warwickshire.
Warwick Castle is an impressive tourist attraction. They have lots to see and do, the highlights include the dungeon and the state rooms. There is also the princess tower and the grounds to explore. They often have lots of events and activities going on during the summer and other holidays throughout the year including jousting and lots of performers dressed up in historical costume. It can be expensive so look out for 2 for 1 offers. If you haven't got a 2 for 1 offer, make sure you book in advance on the website as you can save up to 30% on tickets. Another idea is to pay for your day out with Tesco clubcard vouchers. You also have to pay for parking as well so don't forget to factor this in. Check out the Warwick Castle website for more details.
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Historical Attractions and Museums In Stratford
Stratford is obviously one of the tourism highlights in Warwickshire. Check out some top historical days out below.
- Shakespeare Birth Place Trust
Visit the five Shakespeare houses maintained by the Shakespeare trust.They include:The Shakespeare Birthplace, Nash's House & New Place, Hall's Croft, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Mary Arden's Farm
- Stratford Armouries
A family friendly attraction situated just outside Stratford-upon-Avon. The armouries feature a curriculum tied museum with exciting exhibits such as our life-sized armoured elephant! They also have a large indoor play centre and outdoor play centre.
- Falstaff's Experience
Set within one of the most historic buildings in Stratford upon Avon, Tudor World bring the 16th century to life. Terry Deary of Horrible Histories devoted his latest book on Stratford to the attraction.
Ragley Hall is a stately home in Warwickshire. It's mainly open in the school holidays and for special events so you have to check the website to see when to go. The great thing for kids at Ragley Hall is the outdoor playground. There is a maze and fantastic slides and climbing structures as well as a zip wire.
Adults without children will love looking round the state rooms inside Ragley House and exploring the vast gardens.
Photo of Ragley Hall by Jo H
Kenilworth Castle is among one of the largest Castle ruins in England. The ruins are best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Dudley created an ornate palace here to impress his beloved Queen in 1575..There are often events that take place here on bank holidays and weekends. Check out the website for more details.
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National Trust Properties in Warwickshire
Here is a selection of NT properties in Warwickshire.They often have events on for families and children during the school holidays so it's worth checking out their websites to see what is going on.
- Baddesley Clinton
This atmospheric house dates from the 15th century and was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years.
- Charlecote Park
Charlecote has been home to the Lucy family since the 12th century. Their stories are told throughout the house with their portraits as well as through the objects they collected from around the world.
- Coughton Court
Coughton Court has been the home of the Throckmorton family since 1409. It holds a unique place in English history with its close connections to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Coughton Court, Warwickshire
We spent an afternoon in the grounds of Coughton Court in the May bank holiday with our then 4 year old. The grounds are great for families. The National Trust have two prices, one to enter the ground and see the gardens and another to see the property itself. For young children and families they often put on events and activities in the grounds. Coughton Court had a small playground great for younger children as well as some chickens to look at. We did a big trail around the gardens. There were ducks to see as well as vegetable gardens. There is also a church in the grounds which you can go in and see as part of your admission. As well as the trail there was an art and craft activity for children too.
Update - we went again in November 2013, with my then 6 year old. It was a fascinating time to go as it has lots of history regarding the events of November 5th. There was a trail around the house for children to do which my son really enjoyed.
Photo by ahisgett
Museums in Warkwickshire
Here are some ideas of museums in Warwickshire that haven't already been listed. It's well worth checking out their websites in the holidays as many have events put on for families and children.
- St John's House Warwickshire
The Social History collection reflects the lives of Warwickshire people over the last 300 years. It includes costume and textiles, dolls and toys, and a variety of everyday objects from ploughs to plaster ducks!
- Warwickshire Museum
This museum covers archeology, geology, natural and social history
- Heritage Motor Museum
The Heritage Motor Centre is home to the world’s largest collection of British Cars; it boasts nearly 300 cars in its collection which span the classic, vintage and veteran eras and is a mecca for car enthusiasts
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