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Local Attractions - The Village of Wilmcote

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Mary Arden's House and Working Farm

Walk through the rooms of the house where Shakespeare's mother grew up and take a trip back in time. Experience the Elizabethan way of life and interact with the daily domestic routine of a working farm. Watch the farmer's wife prepare and cook her home - grown food in the farmhouse kitchen. Enjoy authentic Tudor entertainment with musicians and dancers setting the scene for high days and holidays and learn Tudor table manners as the household prepares for meal time. For more information visit


Beautiful Canal Walks of Wilmcote  

Beautiful Canalside Walks

Just a 5 minute stroll from The Cider House or Harpe Cottage takes you to the canal tow path; you can either turn left for a gentle 20 minute walk which brings you back round to the village and past Mary Ardens House or turn right for the walk to Stratford along the landscaped tow path. This walk will take you approximately 1 hour and leads you to the canal basin in the heart of Stratford. After a busy day of sightseeing and shopping the preferred route of return is to take the train from Stratford station back to Wimcote.

Wilmcote Rail Station  

Wilmcote Rail Station

As a small village we are very fortunate to have a train station with direct links to Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham, Warwick Parkway and onwards to London Marylebone. Prices: £1.50 one way and £1.80 return ticket to / from Stratford upon Avon station (prices correct as of May 2013).
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Stratford Park and Ride  

Stratford Park and Ride

Park your car in a fully secure site with CCTV and supervisors always present. Parking is free and there is a bus direct to Stratford town centre every 10 - 15 minutes. Return bus fares into town are £1.70 for adults and 75p for children (not available before 9.00am Mondays - Fridays). Open from 7.30am until 11.00pm with the first bus leaving at 7.35am and the last return bus (from Wood Street) at 11.15pm. For more information please visit:

Stratford upon Avon Open Top Bus Tour  

Stratford Sightseeing Tour Open Top Bus (Mary Arden's House)

Take advantage of the Stratford Sightseeing Tour Open Top Bus which stops at Mary Arden's House and will take you on a 60 minute tour around Stratford upon Avon taking in many of the well known attractions. Tickets cost £12.50 for adults and £6.50 for children and are valid for 24 hours meaning you can 'hop on, hop off at any stop. For more information please visit:

Wilmcote Village Store  

Wilmcote Stores

Wilmcote Village Store sits opposite Mary Arden's House and is only a 200 meter walk from either cottage. You can buy your daily newspaper, magazines, lottery tickets, greeting cards and local gifts. There specialties include: fresh local fruit & vegetables, local Butchers fresh meats & sausages, daily fresh bakery products including continental style loafs and artisan breads, fresh croissants and morning goods, a wide selection of wines, local and continental beers and dairy products.
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