Next week I will be have a free day in Warwick. Have a car.
Already visited Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon.
We are interested in gardens (RHS - in particular, horticultural), historical houses (thinking of returning to Blenheim Palace), organic farming and markets, gorgeous and unique landscape/towns...
If you are in Warwick a quick visit to Hill Close gardens? [original link]
Just some suggestions off the top of my head. Some you might have seen already..
Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Shottery
Mary Arden's House, Wilmscote.
A bit further away but only 1 hour's drive through the edge of The Cotwolds is Blenheim Palace as you know but if you take the A429 and A44 you'll pass through loads of quaint little villages. You can take the M40 but it's nowhere near as pretty as going through the little villages and not really any quicker.
Warwick itself is well worth exploring on foot without a car.
Just some ideas. I'm sure other members will have even more
You might also think about a visit to the organic gardens at Ryton:
And have you visited Charlecote Park? It's rather lovely imo:
Or what about Kenilworth? Super castle on a lovely site plus an Elizabethan garden which has been created as it was when Elizabeth l visited Robert Dudley there:
And there's also Bosworth Battlefield (about 45 mins from Warwick) which has an excellent little museum as well as good walks, signed with info about the battle sites:
Enough to be going on with, I think. :-)
I suggest a visit to (Royal) Leamington Spa, it is the adjoining town to Warwick and has a Georgian feel about it, the Jephson Gardens (bottom of the Parade) are particularly lovely this time of the year. I was born in Warwick and moved to Leamington when I was 16 it is a great place to live and between the two towns you should find plenty to see and do. My pages will also give you a lot more ideas.
I would second Kenilworth Castle: [original VT link] and
Charlecote Park: [original VT link], but others you might try are Coughton Court, which has particularly lovely gardens: [original VT link] and Compton Verney, which has grounds landscaped by Capability Brown: [original VT link].
Surprised no one has mentioned Hidcote Gardens - one of the finest gardens in England. From there you're not far from Chipping Campden which people rave about but to be honest (I live about 8 miles away) I think these days that whilst Chipping Campden would look great if you took the cars away, the top end of Broadway high street (the dead end bit) looks far better because of the lack of cars. Broadway makes a big effort for tourists, Chipping Campden tends not to.
Other gardens and houses you might want to consider:
Baddesley Clinton - a ridiculously quaint moated manor house, with a small garden and nice grounds.
Packwood House (near Baddesley Clinton) - bigger house, more gardens
Just be aware that if you're doing several National Trust properties in a day you might find the cost getting silly. Not sure if it's still an option but years ago there was a combined ticket for Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House because I don't think there was a tea room at Baddesley Clinton and it wouldn't be a proper visit without tea and cake...
Thanks all! I've decided to do a round trip around North Cotswolds. Easy drive, with lots of stops along the way - mixture of towns and countryside. I'll do the victorian garden in Warwick either sunday or tuesday (still have time for that)
Thanks all for your recommendations!! They were really helpful!
That sounds like a great day out. Have fun. :)
If you take the A429 south from Warwick, when you get to Moreton-in Marsh you have a choice to go straight on or turn left or right.
Straight on will take yuu to Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water, Left will take you to Chipping Norton and right will take you to Chipping Campden, Broadway and Broadway Tower. The views from Broadway Tower are spectacular.
It's all easily done in a day.
Fingers crossed you have decent weather! :-)