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Holidays in Alcester

A riverside town with Roman heritage

The quaint streets of Alcester

Alcester is a lovely, archetypal market town, set in the attractive rolling Midlands countryside, just seven miles west of Stratford-on-Avon, once home of the Bard. Situated on the River Arrow, its medieval street pattern survives almost completely intact, along with many buildings that date back to the 14th century. There is also an early 17th century town hall.

There is a series of heritage trails around Alcester that take in places of historical interest. The town is host to several local events that preserve local traditions. These include a town crier’s contest, the Annual Mop, and some folk and arts festivals. The centre of town also has a good blend of independent stores and brand leaders. The three most popular visitor attractions in Alcester are historic houses: Ragley Hall, the former of the Marquis and Marchioness of Hertford; Coughton Court, the National Trust-managed family seat of the Throckmorton family; and finally, Mary Arden’s House, the mother of Shakespeare. Further afield, you could also visit the gardens at Kiftsgate or Hidcote Manor.


For walkers and cyclists, an official Heart of England trail, The Arden Way, can be joined close to Alcester. If that whets your appetite embark on a jaunt along the SUSTRANS link to Stratford-upon-Avon.

“Alcester is well-located for many local visitor attractions…”

The choice of daytrips around Alcester are endless. You are within easy driving distance of many of the main visitor attractions in the region such as Shakespeare’s House and the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon; the twin cathedrals (new and old) at Coventry; shopper’s paradise Royal Leamington Spa; the British Motor Museum at Gaydon; watch a game of polo at Dallas Burston; or see the country’s tallest Rose at Kiftsgate Gardens.

A little further north is the nation’s second largest city, Birmingham. The choice of eateries, evening entertainment and visitor attractions is bottomless. Cadbury World is a major draw for visitors to the city. The canal district and the Mailbox offers an alternative of shops from the Bullring and New Street. Birmingham is a brilliant city to lose yourself in for a day. There’s something for everybody.

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While you’re there

The Arden Way

This long-distance trail offers great views of the Warwickshire countryside and beyond

Ragley Hall

Walk around these wonderful gardens if beauty and peace is what you’re in search of


This nearby town is heaven for fans of 16th century playwright, William Shakespeare

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