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Warwick Castle

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Only 12 miles from Billesley Manor and with so much to see and do, Warwick Castle is the ultimate family day out! Book your tickets in advance from £20 per person, with access to the attractions and shows, including:

  • The Falconer’s Quest – the UK’s largest birds of prey show
  • Zog and the Quest for the Golden Star
  • Horrible Histories Maze
  • Towers, Walls and Ramparts
  • 64 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens, including Pageant Field, the Peacock Garden and Central Courtyard

Experience a full day out with more than 1,100 years of jaw-dropping history, magic, myth and adventure!

Shakespeare Houses

Visit Shakespeare’s Family Homes

Only 4 miles from Billesley Manor in the quaint village of Shottery is Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the idyllic home of Shakespeare’s wife. Make the most of your time and visit all of the Shakespeare Homes, including his birthplace and New Place. Discover the fascinating stories behind the ordinary boy from Stratford upon Avon, who went on to do extraordinary things.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Company

There are three permanent theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon: the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre, which both share a building on Waterside, and The Other Place, which is a short walk away on Southern Lane.  Synonymous with the works of the great Bard himself, Stratford upon Avon’s theatres are the pinnacle to any visit to the playwrights town.

The Butterfly Farm

Stratford Butterfly Farm

Come rain or shine, enjoy the unique pleasure of discovering hundreds of the world’s most beautiful butterflies flying in an exotic environment of tropical blossom with splashing waterfalls and fish filled pools. Situated in the historic market town of Stratford-upon-Avon.  Perfect for couples and families alike.

Ragley Hall

Ragley Hall, Park and Gardens in Warwickshire

With 26 acres of formal gardens, created by Victorian designer Robert Marnock. Areas such as the Rose Garden, which overlooks the Avenue of trees heading west, are carefully tended by their gardening team and blossom gloriously from spring and through summer.

Other areas have been left wild for visitors of all ages to explore. Watch the deer in the woodland from the hide, take a wildlife walk and see and hear a variety of wildlife, play hide and seek behind the thick trunks of trees that are two or three hundred years old, or take a moment to sit quietly on one of the brightly coloured park benches and enjoy the spectacle of the many contemporary garden sculptures.

Shakespeare Distillery

Shakespeare Distillery – Independent Artisan Spirits

Just a stone’s throw away from Billesley Manor, Shakespeare Distillery is a must-visit.  A local artisan gin and rum producer, their onsite visitor centre won Gold in the New Tourism Business category at the 2020 West Midlands Tourism Awards and received a 2021 Traveller’s Choice Award from Tripadvisor.

Tour their distillery, take part in a cocktail masterclass, create and distil your own gin in their gin school or cruise the river Avon whilst tasting their Warwickshire made spirits.

Cruise on the River Avon

Avon Boating – Stratford-upon-Avon

Enjoy the tranquillity of the River Avon and take it the sights of Holy Trinity Church, the final resting place of William Shakespeare, and The Royal Shakespeare Theatre.  Punts, canoes, electric and rowing boats available.

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Our wedding was at Billesley Manor Hotel on the 12th of July 2019 and it was a fantastic day with the perfect venue. Naomi and the rest of the team at the hotel were brilliant from start to finish! We had a few difficulties in the run up to the wedding with an accident my wife had a few months before, but Naomi was always on hand to answer any questions, no request for a meeting was too much and to make us feel at ease that everything would be ready for the big day. The team at Billesley manor are knowledgeable helpful and have many contacts around the area, if suppliers are needed, most of which have worked with the hotel previously so everything runs smoothly. The day itself could not have gone better in our eyes and many of our guests have commented on how lovely the venue and all of the staff were! A big thank you to them all!
- Jason Woodfield

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We got married on the 23rd of March 2019 at Billesley Manor and honestly it was a dream wedding. All the way up Naomi and her team did a fabulous job of organising everything we wanted (all while managing the refurbishment which was completed in the nick of time!). Billesley is a beautiful venue, and we barely had to worry about a thing on the day. The staff were extremely professional and went out of their way to fulfil our requests. The food was delicious and the catering staff did a cracking job considering there were a lot of us! We could not rate Billesley or Naomi higher, we'd give 6 stars if we could!
- Dan Sellwood

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My wedding was held on these stunning grounds. Nothing was ever too much for the staff. It was such an amazing place. The memories always brings a smile to my face. Would definitely recommend for future events.
- Claire Cofield-Cater

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We had our wedding here on 25th May 2019. We loved the hotel from the start. You and your wedding guests will be completely relaxed and overwhelmed with the stunning grounds, amazing food and beautify decorated Topiary sweet. The wedding coordinator (Naomi) was very professional and nothing was to much trouble throughout the time I was planning the wedding. They definitely went the extra mile and made the day special. The day went so smoothly and it completely exceeded my expectations. Would highly recommend to anyone.
- Hayley Cleaver

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I had my wedding here in December 2019, from the first time we stepped in the hotel when looking at potential venues we instantly fell in love and fondly remember the kindness and warmth of the venue and staff, we knew then it was the right place. The hotel and grounds are amazing and the staff are so friendly. Naomi was attentive to all my requests, I would class myself as a bride that requires every single detail to be meticulously planned and it was. Naomi and her team took care of everything on the day, even setting out my lanterns and petals and rearranging them on the evening. Every detail was taken care of, they told us to relax and enjoy it and we did. Our guests have all said how wonderful the day was including the beautiful venue, friendly and helpful staff and gorgeous food. My family and I were there over 3 days and every member of staff was amazing, from receptionists, to bar and waiting staff, Naomi and the toastmaster, they were all on hand throughout the day making every guest feel valued. Absolutely no request was too much, including guests bringing their own food which the chef kindly heated up and a last minute request for a private family breakfast was catered too. I think it’s down to the staff at the Billesley Manor why I thought the whole wedding planning process was a breeze, not sure what people stress about!!!
- alice reynolds