Things To Do
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.