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A Victorian home set in landscaped deer park

Overlooking the river Avon on the edge of Shakespeare’s Stratford, Charlecote Park has been part of this corner of rural Warwickshire for centuries. Still the Lucy family home after 900 years, you can explore the vision of the Victorian owners George Hammond Lucy and his wife, the formidable Mary Elizabeth, who extended their home and filled it with treasures from their European travels.

Linger in the rooms open to our visitors in the central portion of the house to discover more about the collection brought together by generations of the family whose tastes, lifestyle and varied fortunes are all reflected here

Today, the kitchen is brought to life in cooking and costume. Across the courtyard you can explore the laundry and brewhouse which once hummed with the activity of a busy working estate. Discover the stables which house  the family’s carriage collection, each with its own story to tell.

Stroll through the gardens that Mary Elizabeth loved so dearly, from the formal parterre to the shady woodland garden with rare plants and borders full of colourful herbaceous planting.

Picnic, play and wander through the wider parkland, inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown, with views across the river Avon. Our historic herds of Jacob sheep and fallow deer roam freely here and you can see them at close quarters all year round.

Please note: the house is closed on Wednesdays

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Hunt for bugs © NTPL

Come and have an outdoor adventure every day at Charlecote or join one of our special events.

Pick up a trail map on your way in and start ticking things off...

4.   Build a den in the spinney
7.   Fly a kite on the paddock
19. Play Poohsticks at West Park bridge
31. Hunt for bugs around the gardens and in the park
40. Go on a nature walk at night
44. Go birdwatching in the parkland

Discover hidden treasures

Find out more about honey bees and beekeeping with our Taster Day © All Yours Photography

Find out more about honey bees and beekeeping with our Taster Day

  • Thinking about beekeeping? Enrol for our Beekeeping Taster Day on 30 June (£25 per person).
  • Our volunteer photographer shares her discoveries in the parkland. What will you spot today?
  • Book ahead for behind-the-scenes house and garden tours including one supporting NGS charities.
  • There are still places on our Conservation House Tours on 1 July and 15 July. Call 01789 470277 to book.
  • The house is open every day except Wednesdays. Discover the Victorian lives of the Lucy family and their servants.

Discover hidden treasures

Hitching a ride with mum - you never know what you’ll spot on the river © Jana Eastwood

Hitching a ride with mum - you never know what you’ll spot on the river

  • Thinking about beekeeping? Enrol for our Beekeeping Taster Day on 30 June (£25 per person).
  • Our volunteer photographer shares her discoveries in the parkland. What will you spot today?.
  • Book ahead for behind-the-scenes house and garden tours including one supporting NGS charities.
  • There are still places on our Conservation House Tours on 1 July and 15 July. Call 01789 470277 to book.
  • The house is open every day except Wednesdays. Discover the Victorian lives of the Lucy family and their servants.

Discover hidden treasures

Bring a picnic, walk in the park, explore the house - the day is yours © Jana Eastwood

Bring a picnic, walk in the park, explore the house - the day is yours

  • Thinking about beekeeping? Enrol for our Beekeeping Taster Day on 30 June (£25 per person).
  • Our volunteer photographer shares her discoveries in the parkland. What will you spot today?
  • Book ahead for behind-the-scenes house and garden tours including one supporting NGS charities.
  • There are still places on our Conservation House Tours on 1 July and 15 July. Call 01789 470277 to book.
  • The house is open every day except Wednesdays. Discover the Victorian lives of the Lucy family and their servants.

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