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The British Isles has so many beautiful areas to visit so it can be hard to choose between the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the New Forest, to name but a few, when planning a short break. But, to forget the beautiful midland counties is to miss out on some very special gems.  From Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon to the birthplace of Rugby football, from The National Space Centre, to the Medieval magnificence of Warwick Castle; there are an abundance of things to do and see around the East Midlands and West Midlands and Catthorpe Manor Estate provides the perfect base from which to explore.

Catthorpe Manor Estate

Lilbourne Lane



LE17 6DF

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Rugby School Tours & Museum

‘The school behind the game.’ See the influence of the school in the sporting and cultural heritage of this sport. Visits by prior arrangement only.

A: 10 Little Church Street, Rugby, Warkwickshire. CV21 3BY (4.8 miles)

T: 01788 556169   W: www.rugbyschool.co.uk


The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum.

Established in the 1980s, the museum houses a rich collection of international rugby memorabilia and tells the story of the game, the ball and the building. Its prestige attracts fans of rugby from all over the world.

A: 5 St. Matthew Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3BY. (5 miles)

T: 01788 567777   W: www.webb-ellis.co.uk


Rugby Theatre

Amateur theatre, with regular shows, from compelling modern dramas to farce and musical theatre.

A: Henry Street, Rugby, Warks. CV21 2QA (4.8 miles)

T: 01788 541234 W: www.rugbytheatre.co.uk


Rugby Art Gallery & Museum and Rugby Visitor Centre

Well-equipped extensive library and the home of Rugby Visitor Centre. Plus, exhibitions of contemporary and modern art with vibrant displays of Roman and local history.

A: Little Elborow St, Rugby, Warkwickshire. CV21 3BZ (4.7 miles)

T: 01788 533201   W: www.ragm.org.uk www.enjoyrugby.co.uk


Cineworld, Rugby

A: Junction One, Leicester Road, Rugby. CV21 1RW (5 miles)

T: 0871 200 2000   W: www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/rugby      


Elliott’s Field Retail Park

A shopper’s paradise, on the outskirts of Rugby. With major chains including Debenhams, Next and M&S.

A: Elliott’s Field, Rugby, Warkwickshire. CV21 1SR (3.5 miles)

T: 0161 828 5777   W: www.elliottsfield.co.uk


The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre, Rugby.

Swimming, keep-fit classes, climbing wall, sport’s hall and crèche.

A: Bruce Williams Way, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 5LJ (4.9 miles)

T: 01788 565369   W: www.better.org.uk/leisure/the-queens-diamond-jubilee-centre#


Draycote Water

Cycle or walk the 5 mile route around this large Seven Trent reservoir. With local sailing club welcoming all abilities.

A: Kites Hardwick, Warwickshire. CV23 8AB (9.9 miles)

T: 01788814418   W: www.draycotewater.co.uk


Lutterworth Leisure Centre

Swimming pool, racquet sports and fitness centre.

A: Coventry Road, Lutterworth, Leicestershire. LE17 4RB (7.4 miles)

T: 01455 200 800   W: www.harboroughleisure.co.uk/lutterworth



Experience the fun and excitement of driving tanks and other military vehicles over courses set around a World War II bombing range. Booking Essential.

A: Southfields Farm, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire. LE17 6NW (11.6 miles)

T: 01858 880239   W: www.armourgeddon.co.uk



Coventry Cathedral

Celebrated as the UK’s favourite 20th century building, Coventry Cathedral is known all over the world as a beautiful and unique venue.

A: Coventry Cathedral, 1 Hill Top, Coventry. CV1 5AB (16.6 miles)

T: 024 7652 1234   W: www.coventrycathedral.org.uk


Coventry Transport Museum

In the heart of Coventry city centre, this huge museum is home to the world’s largest collection of British road transport. Free Admission.

A: Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry. CV1 1JD (19.7 miles)

T: 024 7623 4270   W: http://www.transport-museum.com


Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Located in the heart of Coventry city centre, next to the historic Cathedral, the Herbert is the perfect place to learn more about the history of Coventry and immerse yourself in some art and culture.

A: Jordan Well, Coventry. CV1 5QP (16.8 miles)

T: 024 7623 7521   W: www.theherbert.org


Stratford Upon Avon

The historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, home to the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Mary Arden’s Farm, Anna Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens, the UK’s largest butterfly paradise, boating on the River Avon and much more. A must-do day out for all the family.

A: Visitor Information Centre, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon. CV37 6GW (34 miles)

T: 01789 264293   W: www.discover-stratford.com  www.shakespeare.org.uk   www.rsc.org.uk     www.butterflyfarm.co.uk    www.avon-boating.co.uk   


Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Get up close and cuddly with rescued horses and donkeys.

A: Banbury Rd, Kineton, Banbury, Warwickshire. CV35 0RP (31 miles)

T: 0870 040 0033   W: www.redwings.org.uk


Warwick Race Course

Enjoy a day at the races. Please contact for events and availability.

A: Hampton St, Warwick. CV34 6HN (28.1 miles)

T: 01926 405560   W: www.warwick.thejockeyclub.co.uk


Warwick Castle

Often described as “Britain’s Ultimate Castle”, Warwick Castle is a wonderful blend of Medieval Fortifications and Victorian State Rooms, which create a great adventure for all the family.

A: Warwick Castle, Warwick. CV34 4QU (28.7 miles)

T: 0871 265 2000   W: www.warwick-castle.com


Kenilworth Castle

Once home to Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Today you can walk in the beautifully recreated Elizabethan garden and scale the heights of the tower built to woo the Queen.

A: Castle Green, Off Castle Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire. CV8 1NE (22.3 miles)

T: 0370 333 1181   W: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenilworth-castle/


Twycross Zoo

With over 500 animals and 150 different species. Plus visitor centre and flagship snow leopard enclosure.

A: Burton Rd, Atherstone, Warwickshire. CV9 3PX (25.2 miles)

T: 08444741777   W: www.twycrosszoo.org


Leamington Spa, Royal Pump Rooms

Grade II listed building famous for its spa and baths.

A: Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. CV32 4AA (19.6 miles)

T: 01926 742700   W: www.warwickdc.gov.uk


Quarry Park Disk Golf

Disc golf is a great activity for all ages and abilities. With a picnic area and shop onsite.

A: Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. CV32 6RW (19.8 miles)

T: 0845 052 5277   W: www.quarrypark.co.uk


The Ricoh Arena

Award winning multi-purpose international event venue and home of The Sky Blues.

A: Phoenix Way, Coventry. CV6 6GE (16.8 miles)

T: 0844 873 6500   W: www.ricoharena.com


Ryton Organic Gardens­

10 acres of organic gardens buzzing with wildlife and blooming with flowers. Home to the UKs leading organic charity.

A: Wolston Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV8 3LG (11.5 miles)

T: 024 7630 3517   W: www.rytongardens.co.uk


Delta Force Paintballing

Whether you are a paintballing fan or a novice, Delta can accommodate. For 8 years old and over.

A: Mobbs Wood Farm, Brinklow road, Coventry. CV7 9JN (15.1 miles)

T: 08444775115   W: www.paintballgames.co.uk/paintball-coventry-centre


Coombe Abbey Country Park

For a family day out, or a quiet little picnic. Extensive walking, adventure playground, visitor centre and lakes.

A: Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry. CV3 2AB (13.6 miles)

T: 024 7645 0450   W: www.coombeabbey.com




Leicester Cathedral

Leicester Cathedral is at the physical heart of Leicester city and county.

A: Peacock Lane, Leicester. LE1 5DE (20.1 miles)

T: 0116 261 5200   W: www.leicestercathedral.org.uk       


King Richard III Visitor Centre

Located right next to the spot where the King’s remains were found. Discover more about the last Plantagenet King. An attraction not to be missed by history fans.

A: 4A St Martins, Leicester. LE1 5DB (20.1 miles)

T: 0300 300 0900   W: www.kriii.com


National Space Centre

All-weather attraction for all the family

A: Exploration Dr, Leicester. LE4 5NS (24.8 miles)

T: 0116 261 0261   W: www.spacecentre.co.uk


Foxton Locks

Experience all that this unique waterways landmark has to offer – colourful narrowboats, the famous grade II listed flight of 10 locks, the longest in the UK, and the new Boiler House virtual experiences.

A: Bottom Lock, Gumley Rd, Foxton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. LE16 7RA

W: www.foxton-locks.co.uk


Wistow Maze

Enjoy a great day out exploring one of the country’s largest maize mazes, set in 8 acres of living maize and sunflower crop. Seasonal and weather related opening times; please check availability before setting off.

A: Kibworth Rd, Leicester. LE8 0QF (19.7 miles)

T: 07884 403889   W: www.wistow.com/maze.asp


Botanic Gardens

Landscaped collection of plants from all over the world, including sculptural tours. Seasonal opening times.

A: Glebe Rd, Oadby, Leicester. LE2 2LD (21.2 miles)

T: 0116 271 2933    W: www.le.ac.uk/institution/botanic-garden 


Fosse Park

Large retail Park on the outskirts of Leicester with many major chains.

A: Fosse Shopping Park, Fosse Park Avenue, Leicester. LE19 1HY (19.1 miles)

W: www.fosseshoppingpark.co.uk




Coton Manor

Ten acres of peaceful gardens and 17th century manor house. Tea rooms and plant nursery. Seasonal opening times.

A: Coton, Northamptonshire. NN6 8RQ (12.6 miles)

T: 01604 740219   W: www.cotonmanor.co.uk


Holdenby House

Elizabethan mansion, gardens and falconry centre. Seasonal opening times.

A: Holdenby House, Northampton. NN6 8DJ (13.5 miles)

T: 01604 770074   W: www.holdenby.com


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