Explore the parkland

Enjoy an easy walk through the parkland this summer

Enjoy an easy walk through the parkland this summer

Come and enjoy a stroll at Charlecote at any time of year; the park and gardens are open seven days a week, all year round.

There has been a herd of fallow deer here for hundreds of years and you can often get quite close to where they are grazing. They share the parkland with our pedigree herd of Jacob sheep with their characteristic chocolate-blotch fleeces.

The riverside setting makes this peaceful part of Warwickshire a haven for birds and wildlife, and we've put new benches around the parkland so you can sit and enjoy the views.

Bring a picnic

Enjoy a picnic by the river at any time of year © National Trust

You're welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy at Charlecote at any time of year. You just need to decide whether to wrap up warm or bring sunscreen. Everyone knows sandwiches taste better outdoors!

There are picnic benches on the paddock by the river, or bring a rug. Please remember our wildlife and clear away your rubbish.

There's plenty of room to run around or fly a kite here too, or just watch the swans and ducks on the river.

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A diverse habitat

Flowing through the park are both Shakespeare’s Avon and its tributary the little River Dene which had its course changed by Capability Brown.

Pause on one of our benches and watch the swans and ducks. Look out for summer swallows swooping over the water to catch insects. See what's hiding in the reeds - we've recently found evidence of otters but not seen them in daylight, could you be lucky today?

Discover more

Join us for events in the parkland

Join us for events in the parkland

To discover more about our work and wildlife, join a free guided park walk on the day of your visit (these are volunteer-led and we depend on the availability of volunteers to run them). Just ask what's happening today on your way in.

We hold other events throughout the year for which you can book ahead.  Come behind the scenes to find out more about our beautiful fallow deer.  Check our Events programme to see what’s coming up next.

Take a look at the films on our YouTube channel.

Charlecote's historic fallow deer herd

Watch Lisa and the team to find out more about the history of Charlecote's fallow deer herd and how we manage them to the highest possible welfare standards.

There has been a fallow deer herd at Charlecote for centuries, and legend has it that a young William Shakespeare was caught poaching here.

Park life

Find out more about our Jacob sheep at one of our special events

Take a look at our blog and find out more about our work from our park staff and volunteers. See how we manage our Jacob sheep and fallow deer, and share some of our uplifting Celebration Tree planting stories.

We're looking after the parkland and its wildlife, managing the river, creating a wildlife meadow and finding out more about the archaeology of the historic landscape here.

Rural craft

Maintaining traditional rural crafts

The traditional cleft oak paling fencing you see is a rural craft we're delighted to be able to keep alive. The varied heights of the panels confuse the deer so that they don't jump over the fence, although they easily could.

Join us

If you'd love to share your love of wildlife, or learn more about how we manage the parkland, why not volunteer with us?

Gone fishing...

Magnificent chub - a proud catch at Charlecote Park

Fishing passes are available for Places Meadow between June and March. Season tickets are £35. Three day passes each day are available at £6.50 and must be pre-booked. Contact Lisa Topham for more information.