Have you been to visit Charlecote Park in Stratford-upon-Avon?

It’s a National Trust property, overlooking the river Avon on the edge of Shakespeare’s Stratford. With parklands, an incredible house, formal gardens and often family activities, it’s a great day out.

The fields have deer and Jacob sheep roaming, and are open to walk around. You are free to wander through the grounds, with kids and dogs, although dogs should avoid the areas with stag and deer. There’s a pond with ducks and swans swimming, and lots of old tree trunks for kids to climb on. You’ll also be able to spot butterflies, and the odd plane going over too.

Although the grounds are open to all walkers, there is a little bridge with a step in the parklands, so it’s not really wheelchair friendly. There are actually buggy drop off points though if you’d prefer to walk, but please check ahead that these are available if you think you’ll need them.

On the other side of the land, there’s a path by the river with picnic benches and spots to lay a blanket down.

The cafe and seating areas are available for takeaway or picnics, so best to bring food if you’re planning to stay a bit longer.

You’ll find lots of hand sanitiser and social distancing measures in place too.

And don’t forget, the little plant shop is now open again, so you can pick up some shrubs that are grown on the estate to treat your own stately home.

Booking your tickets

At the time of writing, this property has just reopened after Covid-19. You’ll need to book your tickets from the previous Friday at the moment, and our tip is that they are really popular. If you can stay up late on the Thursday night (midnight) or are up very early on a Friday morning, you will have the best chance at getting tickets. They are selling out very quickly each week.⠀

What you need to know

  • DOGS ALLOWED? Yes, on leads on the designated dog walking routes.
  • PICNIC PLACE? Yes, tables dotted around and lots of grassy space for blankets.
  • TOILETS? Yes.
  • ADDRESS: Charlecote, Warwick CV35 9ER.
  • PRICES: Reopening prices are reduced but booking is essential.
  • BOOK ONLINE: On the National Trust website from the prior Friday.