HENLEY IN ARDEN
The medieval town of Henley-in-Arden is within walking distance from Henley Hotel.
Less than a mile from Henley Hotel, our sister venue The Henley is the perfect venue for Golf, Weddings, Celebrations, Afternoon Tea, delicious Sunday Lunches and much more.
In the centre of the town is the old Market Place where stands the remains of the 15th century Market Cross, one of Henley’s two Scheduled Ancient Monuments, the second being the outline of the fortifications Known as ‘The Mount’ where a Norman Castle once stood. This was investigated by the popular Channel 4 series ‘Time Team‘ in 2002 and some of the artefacts discovered can be found in the Heritage Centre.
Henley in Arden is set in a conservation area and the one mile long High Street contains over 150 buildings listed as being of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. One notable building is the Guild Hall, a timber framed building standing to the north of St John’s Church. A second notable building is that of the Heritage Centre, it can be found at 150 High Street or now known as Joseph Hardy House, parts of which date back to the 14th century. The Heritage Centre is open daily to the public from 1st April to 31st October (except on Mondays).
STRATFORD UPON AVON
Approximately 9 miles from Henley-in-Arden is Stratford-upon-Avon, the heart of Shakespeare Country.
Stratford-upon-Avon is a vibrant, compact town, boasting a rich architectural heritage; the list of things to do is as impressive as it is varied. Delightful shops, top quality restaurants and pubs line the medieval streets, all within walking distance of the scenic River Avon which is surrounded by beautiful Warwickshire countryside. Use the services of the ‘Hop-on, Hop-off’ sightseeing tour.
A must place to visit is Shakespeare’s Birthplace, which has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. William Shakespeare was born, grew up and spent the first five years of married life in this house with his wife, Anne Hathaway.
Royal Shakespeare Company
The RSC is open every day. The main 1040 seater thrust stage auditorium re-opened in November 2010 following a three year transformation project. It is a Grade II listed building and retains many of the art deco features of the 1932 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Explore the theatres, go to the top of the Tower or visit the free exhibition. Families are welcome and there is easy access for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Approximately 10 miles from Henley Hotel is Warwick, famous for its magnificent castle and historic charm.
Warwick Castle is not your average castle. It is full to the turrets with dramatic shows, interactive experiences, storytelling, demonstrations, activities and much more. Visit Warwick Castle and you will see great halls, beautiful landscapes, mournful dungeons and high towers. We have eleven hundred years of history, but also great battles, ancient myths, spellbinding tales, pampered princesses, heroic knights, Merlin’s dragon and the Dark Castle Dungeon.
Attacked in 1264, besieged in 1642 and damaged by fire in 1871, the Castle has nevertheless survived the ever-changing fortunes of history. Warwick Castle remained under the stewardship of the Earls of Warwick and later the Greville Family as a private home until 1978. The property was then taken over by The Tussauds Group, which later became Merlin Entertainments Group in 2007 and remains under their guardianship today.
Lord Leycester Hospital
Beautiful 14th and 15th century timber-framed buildings clustered around the Norman gateway into Warwick. For nearly 200 years the buildings were the base for Warwick’s medieval guilds before they became a rest home for retired servicemen which they remain today. Hidden behind the ancient buildings is the delightful Master’s Garden. The Queen’s Own Hussars Museum tells the story of the West Midlands’ Cavalry Regiment.
A 30 minute drive from Henley Hotel, Bullring is the glamorous heart of Birmingham with over 160 imaginative and desirable shops to explore. Since opening in 2003, Bullring has helped to transform shopping in Birmingham – making it one of the most popular destinations for retail therapy in the UK.
A 20 minute drive from Henley Hotel is Touchwood, a shopping and entertainment complex in Solihull featuring more than 80 stores – including John Lewis – more than 20 bars & restaurants and a 9 screen Cineworld cinema.
Royal Leamington Spa
A 30 minute drive from Henley Hotel via Warwick, lies Royal Leamington Spa. Wide boulevards, stunning architecture and award-winning parks provide a sophisticated backdrop to this Regency town. Often described as ‘the best bits of London, all in a ten-minute walk’, Leamington town centre combines a treasure-trove of independent, specialist boutiques alongside high street brands. With an impressive array of entertainment venues and restaurants plus some of the country’s best spas and salons, we’re certain you will find it one of the most appealing towns in the UK.
Many National Trust attractions are within easy reach from Henley Hotel:
The house is originally 16th-century, yet its interiors were extensively restored between the world wars by Graham Baron Ash to create a fascinating 20th-century evocation of domestic Tudor architecture.
This atmospheric house dates from the 15th century and was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. The house and interiors reflect its heyday in the Elizabethan era, when it was a haven for persecuted Catholics – there are three priest’s holes.
Charlecote has been home to the Lucy family since the 12th century. Their stories are told throughout the house with their portraits as well as through the objects they collected from around the world. See the design influence they had on the house and parkland.
Surrounded by internationally important art and porcelain collections, hear and discover more about family life and soak up the atmosphere of the party. See the red and silver art deco bathroom and get close to artworks by El Greco, Stubbs and Bosch.
An imposing Tudor house set in beautiful gardens with a collection of Catholic treasures, Coughton Court has been home to the Throckmorton family for 600 years. This finest of Tudor houses stands testament to a family’s courage in maintaining their beliefs. From a position of high favour to one of fear and oppression post-reformation, the Throckmortons were leaders in a dangerous age, helping to bring about Catholic emancipation in the 19th century.