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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

The joys of spring

Immerse yourself in sunshine with a walk through the buttercups © Jana Eastwood

Immerse yourself in sunshine with a walk through the buttercups

  • Relax and enjoy a stroll through the parkland. See the herons swooping back to their nests and watch the fallow deer.
  • Book ahead for our bat walk at dusk around the park and gardens and for fawn checks too.
  • Enjoy the lush planting as the herbaceous borders come into flower.
  • Did you see us on Countryfile? See how the filming happened with our volunteer photographer.
  • The house is open every day except Wednesdays. Discover the Victorian lives of the Lucy family and their servants.

The joys of spring

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

  • Relax and enjoy a stroll through the parkland. See the herons swooping back to their nests and watch the fallow deer
  • Book ahead for our bat walk at dusk around the park and gardens and for fawn checks too.
  • Enjoy the lush planting as the herbaceous borders come into flower.
  • Did you see us on Countryfile? See how the filming happened with our volunteer photographer.
  • The house is open every day except Wednesdays. Discover the Victorian lives of the Lucy family and their servants.

 

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