Charlecote Park

Charlecote Park Charlecote Park has been the home of the Lucy family since the 15th century. The current house was extensively remodelled in the Victorian times by Mary Elizabeth Lucy and it is presented today as it was when she was the mistress of the house.
The Lucy family history is brought vividly to life by the portraits of each generation; from Sir Thomas Lucy, the local magistrate who allegedly flogged the young William Shakespeare for poaching the Lucy family heard of fallow deer, to the family living in the house in the early 20th century.
Visitors can see many of the rooms used by the servants. The scullery, kitchen, laundry and brewhouse all offer a view of life below stairs while the carriage-house, coach-house and tack room include the Lucy family's carriage collection and riding gear.
From the creativity of the sensory garden, to the formality of the parterre, to the woodland walk, the gardens are a riot of colour all year round and include many traditional plants, shrubs and herbs.
Now open all year round, the parkland was inspired by ""Capability"" Brown. The parkland has miles of paths and a number of marked walks for visitors to enjoy. There has always been a heard of Fallow Deer here since Tudor times and they continue to roam the park as they did then. The River Avon meanders through the parkland creating a haven for many different species of wildlife.
There is plenty to explore at Charlecote Park. In the gardens our younger visitors can enjoy the croquet and quizzes and family trails around the house, garden and parkland. During the summer holidays there are activity days ideal for escaping for the day.


Travel by road

From Stratford Tourist Information Centre, cross the river bridge. Take the first left Tiddington Road B4086 out of Stratford towards Wellesbourne. After a couple of miles turn left onto B4088 signposted to Charlecote.

By public transport

Nearest station: Stratford-upon-Avon is 5 miles