Warwick Castle is considered one of the world’s finest examples of medieval architecture. This sprawling fortress – which attracts more than 800,000 visitors per year – was originally built in 1068 by William the Conqueror.
Today, the castle serves as an adventure playground for both adults and children, with falconry shows, a maze and a colossal catapult just some of the extra attractions. If you’re planning a visit to this magnificent structure which was fashioned out of wood, we’ve picked out some of the best hotels to use as a base – all bookable with Culture Trip.
Feel like lord or lady of the manor at this smart country house hotel. The photogenic red-brick property is set amid sprawling grounds, making it the perfect place for a relaxing break. There are 85 rooms of various configurations, but if you want to feel some real old-world charm, book into one of the executive king suites – featuring magnificent four-poster beds and a range of other period features. There’s a wealth of things to do at the hotel with an 18-hole golf course, sybaritic spa and fine dining restaurant, but if you want to explore further afield, Stratford-upon-Avon is around 10 minutes away, while Warwick Castle is a 15-minute drive.
Point your compass in the direction of this delightful boutique hotel, which promises to delight with its rustic-chic interior design and playful touches. There are 18 rooms in total, decked out with warm hues, plush fabrics and statement wallpaper. More appetising still is the ground-floor restaurant, which serves up a well-curated selection of bites – from wood-fired Margherita pizza to roast pork belly. A stay here places you in the heart of Warwick, less than a 10-minute walk from the castle.
Roll out of bed and onto the battlements with a stay at Warwick Castle’s Knight’s Village. This whimsical glamping site is situated in secluded woodland and all of the tents have a medieval theme. One of the more luxurious options is the King’s Luxury Tent, which comes complete with a four-poster bed and a stained glass-style window – there are also themed wooden lodges if that’s more your style. All stays include VIP parking, a hearty breakfast and a one-day castle entry.
Take a trip down the rabbit hole at this quirky boutique hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, which features 93 slick bedrooms blending contemporary and traditional touches. The property is set across three buildings: a 16th-century abode, a Georgian townhouse and a modern wing. The Tudor rooms are located in the older section, complete with beamed ceilings and wonky lines here and there, while those who prefer perfect angles should opt for the Contemporary category. The Woodsman restaurant features the same design aesthetic – with the focal point being a large wood-fired oven and charcoal grill. Hotel Indigo is in the heart of Shakespeare’s hometown and Warwick is around a 20-minute drive away.
Park yourself at this fine, Tudor-style country house for a spot of rest and recuperation. The property is set amid the countryside, just 5mi (8km) from the centre of Warwick. This place makes for an ideal base to unwind after a day of exploring, with 205 well-appointed contemporary bedrooms, a plush spa and a smart restaurant serving classic British dishes with a contemporary twist. There are spa break packages available with dinner, an overnight stay, breakfast and a relaxing treatment all included in the price.
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