The Kings Court Hotel in Warwickshire is the ideal base for visiting the most popular Midlands attractions because of its proximity to Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham and the NEC.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
The most romantic of all the Shakespearean properties, is Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, which lies in the beautiful hamlet of Shottery, just outside Stratford-upon-Avon. The cottage can still be reached by the footpaths over the fields, as it was in Shakespeare’s time, when he came to court his future wife. This is where Anne Hathaway spent her childhood and youth, until at the age of eighteen, William Shakespeare and Anne were married in 1582. (Shottery, about 7 miles from Kings Court Hotel.) For further information, visit Shakespeare.org.uk
Home for 600 years to one of the oldest Catholic families, the house has witnessed some of the most defining moments in history – from the court of Henry VIII to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The Tudor gatehouse in the centre of the present house was constructed around 1530 with Elizabethan half timbering added to the courtyard wings. The highly acclaimed gardens are also well worth a visit.
Set in 400 acres of parkland, woodland and gardens, Ragley is more than just a stately home. Family home of the Hertford (Conway Seymour) since it was built in 1680. Ragley is surrounded by 27 acres of delightful ever-changing gardens, while the parkland contains the exciting Children's Adventure Wood, 3D Maze, Stables, Carriage Collection, Woodland Walk and Lakeside Picnic area. For further information, visit RagleyHall.com.
The "Man of the Millennium" William Shakespeare, was born in 1564 in the half- timbered house in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. This is where the young William spent his childhood and is believed to have been educated at the local grammar school. (Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 miles.) For further information, visit Shakespeare.org.uk
Warwick Castle is set in 60 acres of grounds, including 2 formal gardens. Whatever the time of year, there is always plenty to see. For further information, visit Warwick-Castle.co.uk
The National Exhibition Centre is known as one of the busiest exhibition centre in Europe, staging more than 180 exhibitions each year. These range from world-famous public shows such as Crufts Dog Show and Clotheshow Live to international trade exhibitions like IPEX and Spring Fair, Birmingham. The NEC Group venues, which include the National Exhibition Centre, the NEC Arena, the National Indoor Arena, the ICC and the Birmingham Symphony Hall are all located at the heart of the country’s transport network, all accessible by road, rail and air. For further information, visit necgroup.co.uk.