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Historic Warwickshire Guide

Home to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Warwickshire is one of the most visited counties in England. Most tourists tend to head straight to Stratford-upon-Avon, an ancient market town situated on the banks of the River Avon where Shakespeare's birthplace still stands to this day. Stratford is also home to one of the most photographed cottages in the country, Anne Hathaway's cottage, where she lived before marrying Shakespeare in 1582.

Just to the north of Stratford lies another popular tourist attraction; Warwick Castle. Originally designed as a motte-and-bailey castle by the Normans in 1068, this is now one of the most intact and magnificant castles in the whole country having miracously escaped destruction during the English Civil War.

Within a hop, skip and jump of Warwick Castle lies Kenilworth Castle, a ruined but equally impressive fortress which was once a favourite holiday destination for Queen Elizabeth I


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The county of Warwickshire is also bisected by the Roman road of Watling Street. Running from Dover to Wroxeter via London, the path of the original Watling Street is today covered by the A2 and A5 roads. That being said, there is a small portion of the original Roman road still visible just across the Northamptonshire border near Crick. 

Warwickshire is also home to the Battle of Edgehill, the first battle of the English Civil War. Rumour has it that every year on the 23rd October a ghostly reenactment still takes place, an event which is officially recognised by the Public Records Office. Visit at your own risk!

Articles about Warwickshire

William Shakespeare - The most famous of all English playwrights was born in 1564 in the Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon-Avon and died on St Georges Day, in 1616.
Stratford-upon-Avon - An ancient market town and birthplace of Shakespeare. Warwick - County town of Warwickshire and dominated by a magnificant castle.
Kenilworth Castle - Kenilworth Castle is England's largest castle ruin. It is thought that a castle has existed on the site since Saxon times...