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Stay Play Explore visitor attractions in Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon

Choose three out of this fabulous selection of visitor attractions:

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle is a magical, action-packed and unforgettable day out for all the family! 

See sensational shows, weird and wonderful characters, heaps of gruesome history, awesome birds of prey and a mighty trebuchet. And it’s all set in 64 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens.

Visit time: full day

Offer: Day entry for 2 adults and 2 children

T&Cs

Tickets are not transferable, and are only valid for entry to Warwick Castle.
Address: Stables Car Park (CV34 4QU) Off Castle Lane. Express parking - next to Admissions. £10.00
Stratford Road Car Park (CV34 6AH) Off Stratford Road. Standard parking - 5 - 10 minute walk from Admissions. £6.00

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Stand where genius was born. The childhood home of William Shakespeare is a very special place that everyone should set foot in at least once in their lives. Famous Beyond Words – our introductory exhibition exploring the extraordinary story of William Shakespeare, the boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who became a household name all over the world. Costumed guides will show you around the house, talk about the family's colourful history and answer all your questions. Our resident actors will bring your favourite Shakespearian characters to life.

Visit time: 1 hour +

Offer: Day entry for 2 adults and 2 children

T&Cs

Open daily 20 March - 29 October 2017 09.00 - 17.00; 30 October 2017 - 20 March 2018 10.00 - 16.00 Open all year round except Christmas Day
Address: Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW. There are a number of pay and display car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, as well as a Park and Ride which is signposted from the A46.

Stratford Butterfly Farm

Butterfly Farm

Walk amongst some of the world’s most beautiful and colourful butterflies in a unique rainforest environment of tropical blossom, splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools.  In the Discovery Zone observe the amazing life-cycle of a butterfly, within the emerging case you may even see a butterfly hatch from its pupa! Minibeast Metropolis is teeming with life and home to a variety of wonderful creatures and an amazing leafcutter ant colony, one of the largest on display in the UK!

Visit time: 1 hour +

Offer: Day entry for 2 adults and 2 children

T&Cs

Open daily Monday-Sunday. Summer Time 10am-6pm last entry 5.30pm. Winter Time 10am- Dusk, please check website for last entry times as they vary during Autumn and Winter. Closed Christmas Day.
Address: Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm, Swans Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7LS. There are a number of pay and display car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, as well as a Park and Ride which is signposted from the A46.

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The MAD Museum

Mum and child

The quirky attraction, located in the centre of Stratford upon Avon, houses around 60 interactive weird and wonderful machines and is the UK’s only mechanical art attraction. Think of a mixture between Wallace and Gromit, Heath Robinson and Scrapheap Challenge. The hands-on hideaway combines inspirational creativity, witty design and engineering ingenuity. The pieces on display have all been sourced from creators around the world, and nearly everything is interactive, meaning kids (and big kids!) can get stuck in.

Visit time: 1 hour +

Offer: 2 adults and 2 children. Access for the whole day and free family activity sheets

T&Cs

Open every day, all year (except around the Christmas period). Please refer to The MAD Museum's website for the relevant opening times. Last entry 30-minutes before closing time.
Address: 4-5 Henley Street, Statford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6PT. There are a number of pay and display car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, as well as a Park and Ride which is signposted from the A46.

British Motor Museum

Motor Museum

Home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars, from the very first Land Rover to Lady Penelope’s FAB1. Family fun whatever the weather! Experience the sights, sounds and stories of the British motor industry. Dedicated zones on Motorsport, Design & Concepts, Jaguar, Land Rover and film cars. Over 400 cars to discover, interactive exhibits, family activities, outdoor play area, cafe and extensive programme of motoring events.

Offer: Day entry for 2 adults and 2 children

T&Cs

Museum is open daily 10am - 5pm. Last admission to the Museum and Collections Centre is 4.30pm. Closed 24 December 2017 - 1 January 2018 inclusive.
Stay, Play, Explore vouchers are NOT VALID during these dates: Classic & Vintage Commercial Show 11 June 2017, BMW Festival 13 August 2017, Retro Truck Show 10 September 2017, Great Electric Train Show 7 & 8 October 2017.
Address: British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ. Ample free parking on-site.

Royal Shakespeare Company

Children

There’s plenty to see and do for all the family at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Learn the secrets and stories from 100 years of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon at the brand new exhibition, The Play’s The Thing. See Shakespeare’s home town from a different perspective from the top of the Tower.

Offer: Offer: Day entry to The Play’s The Thing for 2 adults and 2 children

T&Cs

Open daily Monday to Sunday. Monday – 11am – 7pm (last entry 6pm), Tuesday – Saturday – 10.20am – 7pm (last entry 6pm), Sunday – 10.20am – 5pm (last entry 4pm). The Play's The Thing will be closed from Monday 11 to Friday 22 September to bring in some new exhibits, reopening Saturday 23 September. Closed Christmas Day.
Address: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB. There are a number of pay and display car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, as well as a Park and Ride which is signposted from the A46.

You're spoilt for choice:

Shakespeare's New Place

Children

Shakespeare’s grand family home. The site of William Shakespeare’s grand family home has been transormed into a contemporary heritage landmark where visitors can connect with the playwright on the very ground where he lived for almost 20 years.  Sculptures conjure up the world that influenced Shakespeare, and his enduring influence in our world today. Wander into the restored sunken Tudor Knot Garden, and the Great Garden beyond, with its sweeping lawns, herbaceous borders, and famous mulberry trees.

Visit time: 1 hour +

Offer: Day entry for 2 adults and 2 children

T&Cs

Open daily 20 March - 29 October 2017 09.00 - 17.00; 30 October 2017 - 20 March 2018 10.00 - 16.00 Open all year round except Christmas Day
Address: Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6EP. There are a number of pay and display car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, as well as a Park and Ride which is signposted from the A46.

Mary Arden's Farm

Farm

This was the family home of Shakespeare's mother Mary Arden. Step back in time with the sights, sounds and smells of a real working Tudor farm. Meet costumed residents as they go about their daily tasks of cooking, tending crops and feeding the rare breed animals. Discover how people lived and worked according to the farming calendar. Watch falconry displays, explore the countryside and nature trails, and get ‘hands-on’ with rural crafts and traditional pastimes.

Visit time: up to a day

Offer: Day entry for 2 adults and 2 children

T&Cs

Open daily 20 March - 29 October 2017 from 10:00 to 17:00. Closed from 30 October 2017 to 18 March 2017.  
Address: Featherbed Lane, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9UN. There is limited, free on-site parking available at Mary Arden's Farm.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Cottage

Family home of Shakespeare’s wife. Discover where the young William Shakespeare courted his future bride at the most romantic of the Shakespeare Houses set in rural Shottery. This is a thatched Tudor gem nestling in nine acres of grounds including the award-winning cottage gardens and heritage orchards. Stroll along the woodland walk, listen to Shakespearian verse in the sonnet arbour and tour the cottage itself which still has some original family furniture. Guides conduct you through the 600 year old interior and tell the famous Hathaway/Shakespeare love story.

Visit time: up to 2 hours 

Offer: Day entry for 2 adults and 2 children

T&Cs

Open daily 20 March - 29 October 2017 09.00 - 17.00; 30 October 2017 - 20 March 2018 10.00 - 16.00 Open all year round except Christmas Day. 
Address: Cottage Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9HH. There is a pay and display car park a short walk from Anne Hathaway's Cottage, in Cottage Lane, Shottery, CV37 9HH.

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Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall

Schoolroom

Best Visitor Attraction 2017 - Coventry & Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards

Discover where William Shakespeare was educated and inspired to become the world's greatest playwright. Sit in the room he sat as a pupil and experience the space where he first watched performances by the greatest actors of the day. Participate in a Tudor Schoolroom lesson and brush up on your Latin! The town’s Guildhall, home to a series of rare medieval wall paintings, provides a history of the building and over 400 years of civic history.

Visit time: 1 hour +

Offer: Day entry for 2 adults and 2 children

T&Cs

Open daily from 10.00am* to 5.00pm
*11.00am weekdays during school term time (school lessons continue to be taught in the Guildhall each morning during term time).
Address: Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire  CV37 6HB. There are a number of pay and display car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, as well as a Park and Ride which is signposted from the A46.

Hall's Croft

Cottage

Home of Shakespeare’s daughter. Admire the elegant Jacobean home of Susanna and her wealthy physician husband, Dr John Hall. With the help and direction of house guides, take in the exquisite carved furniture, paintings, and apothecary’s equipment, all creating a fascinating showcase of 17th-century affluence and comfort. Relax in the tranquil walled gardens and see the medicinal herbs as used by Dr Hall in his remedies.

Visit time: up to 1 hour

Offer: Day entry for 2 adults and 2 children

T&Cs

Open daily 20 March - 29 October 2017 10.00 - 17.00; 30 October 2017 - 20 March 2018 11.00 - 16.00 Open all year round except Christmas Day
Address: Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BG. There are a number of pay and display car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, as well as a Park and Ride which is signposted from the A46.