Warwick
Charlecote Park
National Trust
Wellesbourne
Warwick
Warwickshire CV35 9ER
 
 
 
Just 3.7 miles (6 kms) east of Stratford-upon-Avon and 5.6 miles (9 klms) south of Warwick is Charlecote Park, a very grand 16th century house set in a stunning deer park beside the River Avon. The park was designed and landscaped in the mid 18th century by the famous architect Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.
 
As well as visiting the house, there are great walking and picnic opportunities together with a family play area, maze and farm shop.
 
The House 
The present Charlecote house dates from 1551. The imposing two-storey gatehouse is now the only original Elizabethan feature to survive intact. Queen Elizabeth I visited Charlecote in 1572 and stayed for two nights – her Coat of Arms is featured on the 16th century Renaissance porch of the house. The mellow brickwork, great chimneys and cupolas are characteristic of Tudor architecture.
 
Charlecote has been the home of the Lucy family since the 13th century. They  came to England with William the Conqueror. Lucy descendants still live in the house. There is a unique portrait collection covering 700 years of the Lucy family. 
 
Over the centuries the interior of the house was ‘modernised’ but in 1823 the new incumbent set about restoring the interior to its original style. The Victorian kitchens and stable brew house are also open for inspection.
 
Young William Shakespeare
There is a story that a young William Shakespeare once poached deer from the Park. It is rumoured that he left his parents’ home (and his wife) in Stratford to escape a charge of poaching laid by the Lord of Charlecote Park.
 
Whatever the truth, it is certain that Shakespeare and his family were going through hard times and the possibility of his poaching to supplement their food was real. Charlecote Park now covers some 188 acres (73 hectares) and has its own herd of fallow deer.
 
The River Avon flows through the grounds and deer park.  The gardens incorporate classical urns, steps, mature Cedar of Lebanon trees and sweeping vistas across the River Avon to Charlecote church.
 
Plan Your Visit
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Restaurant & Refreshments
Available in the licensed Orangey during opening hours. Hot meals served between 12:00 – 14:30. For further information go to Web: Charlecote Park/ eating & shopping
 
National Trust Shop
Located beyond the Victorian kitchens. There is a mobility impaired ramp.
 
Disabled Access
In the main, the property is mobility impaired friendly: 
- Grounds:       Partly accessible with loose gravel paths and slopes. There is an accessible route.
- Restaurant:   Ramped access. There are Braille and large print guides and an audio induction loop in the restaurant.
Further information at  Web:  Charlecote Park/ Accessibility
 
Opening Hours
The House, Gardens and Park have varied opening hours. For full details go to  Web: National Trust/ Charlcote Park Opening Times
 
Admission Prices
Prices vary according to how much of the property is being visited. For details go to Web: National Trust/ Charlecote Park prices
There is a 10% discount voucher for restaurant or shop when arriving by public transport.
Admission for National Trust Members is free. 
 
Accommodation
Visitors can actually stay in part of historic Charlecote Park. For further information go to Web: National Trust/ Holiday Cottage
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1789 470 277
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Getting There
- By Car:  
At junction 15 on the M40, take the A429 south towards Moreton-in-Marsh for nine miles (14.5 kms) to the B4086 west and follow the signs to Charlecote Park. There is free parking about 300 yards (275 metres) from the main entrance. The National Trust website has an excellent map  Web: Charlecote Park/ Getting There' map link

- By Public transport: 
Would possibly not be worthwhile if travelling from London unless staying locally overnight. However, sometimes there is self-catering accommodation available. 
 
- By Mainline Rail:
Nearby railway stations are Stratford-upon-Avon 5 miles (8 km); Warwick 6 miles (10 km); Warwick Parkway 8 miles (13 km). Leamington Spa 8 miles (13 km). Taxis are available from all stations.

From London
Depart London Marylebone (MYB) station for Stratford-upon-Avon (SAV) via Chiltern Railways trains. Frequency is about every two hours and journey time about 2½ hours. Refer to National Rail Enquiries website for all details  Web: National Rail Enquiries
 
- By Bus 
X18 bus route, Leamington Spa to Stratford-upon-Avon.
 
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