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Heritage Open Days Highlights in Warwickshire

In this, the fourth and final in our series of guides to the 2015 Heritage Open Days, we take a look at some of the Warwickshire architectural gems that you can visit during the Heritage Open Days between 10 and 13 September 2015.

The County of Warwickshire is famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare whilst the County Town, Warwick, is probably best known for its magnificent medieval castle. These are attractions that should certainly form part of any visitor's itinerary but the County's showing during the Heritage Open Days ( a total of 80 listings) is a clear reminder that there's plenty of other places to see. Below are just three from that list that we think worth visiting.

Bagot’s Castle

Bagots Castle. Photo supplied by Visit Coventry and Warwickshire

Although little more than ruins now, Bagot’s Castle in the village of Baginton on the outskirts of Coventry, is believed to have been the work of Geoffrey Savage and built at some point during the reign of Henry I in the 12th Century. Elements were rebuilt over time, specifically by William Bagot in the 14th century (hence the name) and there is plenty to see of both the original and remodelled version - from evidence of the moat to medieval fishponds and the remains of a summer house.

Hill Close Gardens

Hill Close Gardens. Photo supplied by Hill Close Gardens

A rare group of stunningly restored Victorian detached gardens with their own summer houses,  Hill Close Gardens in Warwick are varied and each has an individual feel. There are very few opportunities to enjoy preserved Victorian ‘pleasure gardens’ and these particular examples have been restored with true care and attention and designed to reflect their original owners. The site also has a Victorian greenhouse and modern visitor centre.

Ford’s Hospital Alms Houses

Courtyard of the Ford's Hospital Almhouses. Photo supplied by Visit Coventry and Warwickshire

Built in the 1520s,  Ford's Hospital Almhouses were originally designed to accommodate six pauper men and their wives as well as a priest who was to use the chapel. Miraculously, the almhouses managed to survive the dissolution of the monasteries and became property of the city of Coventry in the early 17th century. They have now been repurposed and modernised as apartments and during Open Heritage Days there will be a display of a number of articles, artefacts and photographs presented by the residents of the building. Discoveries include remnants of a 14th century tiled floor. 

Fancy making a weekend of it? 

If you want to be within striking distance of the myriad of heritage properties that will be throwing open their doors between 10 and 13 September, we have a number of deals in Warwickshire with availability (at the time of writing) on those dates. Why not stay take advantage of our  Warwick Castle? With prices starting at £59.50 per person per night, you'll stay at the 4 star Best Western Plus Manor Hotel and get free tickets to the famous Warwick Castle. Alternatively, for £59.50 per person you could stay at The Best Western Plus Windmill Village Hotel and experience a 25 minute spa treatment, and enjoy a full English breakfast in the morning.

More of our guides to the 2015 Heritage Open Days

Greater Manchester Dorset Cheshire
Our Guide to Heritage Open Days in Greater Manchester Our Guide to the Heritage Open Days in Dorset Guide to Heritage Open Days in Cheshire

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