What a perfect place to spend the last May Bank holiday weekend of the year, than in the picturesque and rather charming location such as Stratford Upon Avon. Yes, 11 of us ventured to the gorgeous Warwick / Stratford area for a blissful 3 day break exploring and enjoying the gorgeous streets and sights.
It’s been a fair while since I have explored somewhere completely new, so you can imagine my excitement to do so under the sunshine of May. We had some plans, but ultimately we were pretty excited to just take in the area, and do what we could.
Stratford Upon Avon
We headed from Eastbourne at 10:30am on the Saturday and managed to reach Warwick, where our hotel was located, at around 3pm. We stayed in the Phesant Inn, and it was a fairly comfy stay. Let’s be honest, we weren’t there for a stunning 5* hotel stay. We had breakki included and there was wifi – what more did we need!
We ditched the bags and headed into Stratford Upon Avon. Just a short 10min drive away, our hotel was perfectly located outside the hustle and bustle.
We wandered along the River Avon, spotted Shakespeare monuments and grabbed a coffee in a cute courtyard coffee shop. After our pit stop, we headed towards Shakespeare’s birthplace on Henley Street and grabbed some traditional sweeties.
We finished the long day out for dinner and retiring back to the hotel early, ready for the next day.
On day 2 we headed to the much anticipated Warwick Castle. If you know me, you know I loveeeeee a good castle, rich in history and plenty of stately rooms and dungeons to explore. Warwick Castle certainly ticked that!!
We booked ourselves onto the Dungeons first off. It can get pretty busy, which I can completely understand since it’s ruddy fantastic.
Many of us were scared, but it brought laughs too. We also managed to see both the jousting and the falcon show, which again were brilliant. I would highly recommend trying to see the falcon show when you visit.
If you are more for one to explore a castle, Warwick has plenty to see. With stately rooms and impressive artifacts, there is lots to be had for exploring the grounds and rooms of Warwick Castle.
In all honesty, we didn’t think we would be there all day, but with so much to see and do, we didn’t leave till closing! Warwick castle is truly the perfect attraction for the whole family. There’s even a Horrible History maze that started a argument or two within the family.
Must do at Warwick Castle : The Dungeons – if you’re brave enough Climb to the top of the castle and overlook Warwick Falcon Show – which is truly spectacular
Following a full day on our feet, we headed back to the hotel for a sit down, before heading to dinner in Stratford.
We did head to Kettering on our way home back to the South, since my Grandmother grew up there and wanted to re-visit some of her old stomping ground.
Our long weekend in Warwick / Stratford was everything we looked for. We had plenty to see and do, as well as spend quality time as a family together. Of course, there was plenty more we could have done, heck there’s so much more I’m planning another visit. Yet, if you’re looking for a quick weekend away, you couldn’t ask for better in Stratford Upon Avon.
Have you ever been to Stratford Upon Avon? Anything we should do on our next visit? As always, share your thoughts in the comment section below.