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Recommended attractions for the Best of the English Countryside


Ambleside (Lake District (England))
Ambleside Tourist Information Centre, Market Cross Central Building
Phone:  01539.432.582
Hours:  9AM to 5:00PM daily
Web:   www.ambleside.u-k.org

Rydal Mount, Rydal
Wordsworth lived here from 1813 until his death in 1850. Highlights of Rydal Mount are the poet's study and
his 4+ acre garden.
Phone:  01539.433.002
Hours:  March through October 9:30AM to 5PM daily; November through February, Wenesday through Monday 10AM to 4PM; closed mid-January to February 1
Web:   www.rydalmount.co.uk/
Admission:   4.50GBP; Entrance to the garden is 2.00GBP

Avebury
Alexander Keiller Museum
This museum displays prehistoric artifacts from Avebury and other excavations in the area. It's a must visit for those who want a better understanding of the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge.
Phone:  01672.539.250
Hours:  April to October 10AM to 6PM daily; November to March 10AM to 4PM daily
Web:   www.english-heritage.org.uk/default.asp
Admission:   4GBP

Avebury
Web information about Stonehenge and Avebury.
Web:   www.stonehenge-avebury.net

Avebury, On A361 between Swindon and Devizes
Visitors can freely explore this 28-acre site with more than 100 ancient stones, the largest of which weigh 50 tons.
Phone:  0345.484.950

Bakewell (Peak District)
Bakewell Golf Club, Station Road
9 holes, Par 68
Phone:  01629.812.307
Greens fees:   20GBP Visitors by prior arrangement.

Bakewell Tourist Information Centre, Old Market Hall, Bridge Street
Phone:  01629.813.227
Hours:  Easter to October 9:30AM to 5:30PM daily; November to Easter 9:30AM to 1PM daily
Web:   www.cressbrook.co.uk/bakewell.htm

Chatsworth House
One of English's outstanding country houses, Chatsworth has been the home of the Dukes of Devonshire since 1686. Its 175 rooms are lavishly furnished and the grounds and gardens are among the best in the country.
Phone:  01246.565.300
Hours:  March 15 through December 19 11AM to 4:30PM daily
Web:   www.chatsworth-house.co.uk/
Admission:   9.50GBP

Haddon Hall
Often called "the most romantic house in Britain," Haddon Hall is a medieval gem lovingly restored in the 1930s. The largely unfurnished home displays remarkable craftsmanship and the country-style gardens are heavenly.
Phone:  01629.812.855
Hours:  April 1 to September 30, 10:30AM to 4:30PM daily; October 1 to October 31, Thursday through Sunday 10:30AM to 4:00PM
Web:   www.haddonhall.co.uk
Admission:   7.25GBP

Peak District National Park Authority, Aldern House, Baslow Road
Phone:  01629.816.200
Web:   www.peakdistrict-tourism.gov.uk/peakdistrict/page0.htm

Bath
Avon Valley Cycle Shop, behind Bath's rail station
Bicycles are great for getting around Bath. You can rent them here.
Phone:  01225.442.442
Price:   14GBP for a day

Bartlett Street Antiques Centre, Bartlett Street
More than 60 dealers display everything from furniture to jewelry.
Phone:  01225.466.689

Bath Abbey, Orange Grove
A fine example of the Perpendicular style, restored on the order of Queen Elizabeth I beginning in 1574. The vaults contain Saxon and Norman artifacts.
Phone:  01225.422.462
Hours:  April through October, Monday through Saturday 9AM to 6PM; November through March, Monday through Saturday 9AM to 4:30PM; Sundays all year from 1PM to 2:30PM and from 4:40PM to 5:30PM during the summer
Web:   www.bathabbey.org/
Admission:   3GBP

Bath Tourist Information Office, Abbey Chamber, Abbey Church Yard
Phone:  09067.112.000
Hours:  In summer, Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 6PM and Sundays 10AM to 4PM. Off-season, Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 5PM and Sundays 10AM to 4PM
Email:  tourism@bathnes.gov.uk
Web:   www.visitbath.co.uk

Bizarre Bath Walking Tour, Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage
On this 90-minute tour, guides indulge in all sorts of antics, generally to the enjoyment of their charges.
Hours:  Nightly at 8PM during the summer
Web:   www.pisle.com/bathweb/events/bb/bizarre.html
Admission:   3.50GBP

Great Western Antiques Centre, Bartlett Street
The 30 dealers here feature costumes, trains, and many other antiques.
Phone:  01225.424.243
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 9AM to 5PM

Jane Austen Centre, 40 Gay Street
Lovers of Jane Austen shouldn't miss this in-depth look at the author's life in Bath. This fine townhouse is on the street where Austen lived.
Phone:  01225.443.000
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 10AM to 5:30PM; Sundays 10:30AM to 5:30PM
Web:   www.janeausten.co.uk
Admission:   5.95GBP

Museum of Costume, Bennett St.
Contains costumes dating as far back as 1660.
Phone:  01225.477.789
Hours:  11AM to 4PM daily
Web:   www.museumofcostume.co.uk
Admission:   6.25GBP

No. 1, Royal Crescent
The lovely townhouse in Bath's most famous structure provides a fascinating look at life in late 18th-century England.
Phone:  01225.428.126
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 10:30AM to 5PM, closing one hour earlier in November. Closed late November through mid-February.
Web:   www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk
Admission:   4GBP

Pulteney Bridge, Bridge Street and the Grand Parade
Designed in 1771 by Robert Adam, this lovely bridge is lined with shops like Florence's Ponte Vecchio, it's inspiration.

Roman Baths, Bath Abbey Churchyard
Dating to 75 AD, the baths here are one of Britain's best Roman sites.
Phone:  01225.477.785
Hours:  April through September, 9AM to 6PM daily; October through March, Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 5PM
Web:   www.romanbaths.co.uk/
Admission:   9.50GBP

Theatre Royal, Sawclose
Following its restoration in 1982, this theater is the most beautiful in Britain. The theater presents musicals, a Shakespeare festival, and various and sundry theatrical performances throughout the year.
Phone:  01225.448844
Hours:  Box Office: Monday through Saturday 10AM to 8PM. Performances: Monday through Saturday 7:30PM; Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30PM
Web:   www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Tickets:   12GBP

Bourton-on-the-Water (Cotswolds)
Birdland, Rissington Road
There are more than 350 different species of birds at this 8+ acre park. Many are rare and there's a nice collection of hummingbirds and a large penguin colony.
Phone:  01451.820.480
Hours:  April though October 10AM to 6PM daily; November through March, 10AM to 4PM daily
Web:   www.birdland.co.uk
Admission:   4.95GBP

Broadway (Cotswolds)
Broadway Golf Course, Willersey Hill
Designer: James Braid; 18 holes, Par 72
Phone:  01386.853.683
Fax:  01386.858.643
Web:   www.broadwaygolfclub.co.uk
Greens fees:   On Application. Visitors may not play Saturdays in the summer; restricted play on Sundays

Broadway Tourist Information Centre, 1 Cotswold Court
Phone:  01386.852.937
Hours:  March through December, Monday through Saturday 10AM to 1PM

Broadway Tower Country Park, Broadway
Climb the tower for a breathtaking view of 12 counties.
Phone:  01386.852.390
Hours:  Early April to late October from 10:30AM to 5PM daily. 11:00 to 3:00, Saturday and Sunday.
Web:   www.broadway-cotswolds.co.uk/tower.html
Admission:   3.50GBP

Burford (Cotswolds)
Burford Tourist Information Centre, the Old Brewery on Sheep Street
Phone:  01993.823.558
Hours:  January through October, Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 5:30PM
Email:  Cotswolds@westoxon.gov.uk

Buxton (Peak District)
Buxton and High Peak Golf Club, Town End, Waterswallows Road
18 holes, Par 69
Phone:  01298.262.63
Web:   www.buxtonandhighpeakgolfclub.co.uk/
Greens fees:   30GBP Visitors by prior arrangement.

Buxton Tourist Information Centre, The Crescent
Phone:  01298.25.106
Hours:  January through October 9:30AM to 5PM daily
Email:  tourism@highpeak.gov.uk

Cavendish Golf Club, Gadley Lane
18 holes, Par 68
Phone:  01298.234.94
Greens fees:   35GBP Visitors by prior arrangement.

Poole's Cavern, Green Lane
With the longest stalactite in Derbyshire, this limestone cave has many spectacular formations.
Phone:  10298.269.78
Hours:  Easter through October, 10AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.poolescavern.co.uk
Admission:   5.80GBP

Cheltenham (Cotswolds)
Cotswold Hills Golf Club, Ullenwood
Designer: M.D. Little; 18 holes, Par 71
Phone:  01242.515.263
Web:   www.cotswoldhills-golfclub.com/
Greens fees:   33GBP for 18 holes; You must have your own clubs and visitors must phone in advance

Chipping Campden (Cotswolds)
Campden Needlecraft Centre, High Street
One of England's most highly regarded needlework centers.
Phone:  01386.840.583

Chipping Campden Tourist Information Centr, 2 Rosary Court, High Street
Phone:  01386.841.206
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.chippingcampden.co.uk

Harts Silversmiths, The Guild, The Silk Mill, Sheep Street
Originally part of the crafts guild founded by C.R. Ashbee in London in 1888, the studio was taken over by George Hart in 1908.
Phone:  01386.841.100

Hidcote Manor Garden, 4 miles northeast of Chipping Campden
One of Britain's best loved gardens, it contains a series of garden "rooms" covering ten acres.
Phone:  01386.438.333
Hours:  Garden: March through October, 10:30 to 6:00, Saturday through Wednesday. October, 10:30 to 5:00, Saturday through Wednesday. Closed November through February. Shop/Restaurant: March through October, 10:30 to 5:00, Saturday through Wednesday. November through part of December, 12:00 to 4:00, Saturday and Sunday.
Web:   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-hidcotemanorgarden/
Admission:   6.60GBP

Cockermouth (Lake District (England))
Cockermouth Golf Club, Embleton
Designer: James Braid; 18 holes, Par 69
Phone:  01768.776.223
Greens Fees:   20GBP Play is restricted for visitors Wednesdays and weekends

Wordsworth House, Main Street
The poet was born here and lived here as a child. Some of his personal effects and furniture are on display.
Phone:  01900.824.805
Hours:  April through October, Monday through Saturday 11Am to 4:30PM.
Admission:   4.50GBP

Coniston (Lake District (England))
Brantwood, outside Coniston
This 250-acre estate was the home of John Ruskin. In addition to many drawings and personal effects belonging to the artist, there's a fine collection of drawings by Turner.
Phone:  01539.441.396
Hours:  Mid-March to mid-November 11AM to 5:30PM daily; mid-November to mid-March, Wednesday through Sunday 11AM to 4:30PM
Web:   www.brantwood.org.uk/
Admission:   5.50GBP

Coniston Boating Centre
Rents launches, canoes, and rowboats.
Phone:  01539.441.366

Cotswolds
Cotswold Falconry Centre, Batsford Park
Watch falcons, eagles, hawks, and owls soar here.
Phone:  01386.701043
Hours:  February to Mid-November, 10:30AM to 5:30PM daily; performances at 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 3PM and 4:30PM
Web:   www.cotswold-falconry.co.uk/
Admission:   5GBP

Cotswolds
This web site provides information about the area.
Web:   www.cotswolds-calling.com

Glastonbury
Chalice Well, at the foot of Glastonbury Tor
At this, the legendary burial place of the Holy Grail, you can drink the water, which is thought to have curative powers, and enjoy the quiet gardens.
Phone:  01458.831.154
Hours:  10AM to 5:30PM in summer; 10AM to 4PM off season
Web:   www.chalicewell.org.uk/
Admission:   2.85GBP

Glastonbury Abbey
The ruins of the ancient church are rife with myth and legend. Whether or not King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are buried here is a matter of conjecture, but the church is generally acknowledged to be the oldest Christian church in Britain.
Phone:  01458.832.267
Hours:  10AM to 4:30PM daily, sometimes open earlier and later depending on season.
Web:   www.glastonburyabbey.com
Admission:   4GBP

Glastonbury Tourist Information Centre, The Tribunal, 9 High Street
Phone:  01458.832.954
Hours:  Sunday through Thursday 10AM to 4PM; Fridays and Saturdays from 10AM to 4:30PM
Email:  glastonbury.tic@ukonline.co.uk
Web:   www.glastonburytic.co.uk/

Somerset Rural Life Museum, Abbey Farm on Chilkwell Street
Located in the 14th-century Abbey barn, this museum chronicles Somerset country life.
Phone:  01458.831.197
Hours:  April through October, Tuesday through Friday 10AM to 5PM; Saturdays and Sundays 2PM to 6PM; November through March, Tuesday through Saturday 10AM to 5PM
Web:   www.somerset.gov.uk/somerset/culturecommunity/museums/somersetmuseums/rurallife/

Grasmere (Lake District (England))
Dove Cottage
Wordsworth lived here for ten years as a young man and the house contains many of his personal effects. Coleridge recuperated here for a time. The Cottage also houses the Centre for British Romanticism.
Phone:  015394.35544
Hours:  9:30AM to 5:30PM daily
Web:   www.wordsworth.org.uk
Admission:   6GBP

Grasmere Tourist Information Centre, Red Bank Road
Phone:  05139.435.245
Hours:  April through October 9:30AM to 5:30PM; Monday through Sunday

Kendal (Lake District (England))
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kirkland
This beautiful Georgian building houses a nice collection of John Ruskin, Kendall's native son.
Phone:  01539.722.464
Hours:  April to late October 10:30Am to 5PM; Monday through Saturday; November to March, 10:30Am to 4PM; Monday through Saturday
Web:   www.abbothall.org.uk/
Admission:   4.75GBP

Keswick (Lake District (England))
Derwentwater Marina, Portinscale
Rents canoes, sailboats, windsurfers, and rowboats on Derwentwater. Instruction also available.
Phone:  01768.772.912

Field & Stream, 79 Main Street
Sells licenses for fishing in Derwentwater or Bassenthwaite
Phone:  01768.774.396

Keswick Golf Club, Threlkeld Hall
Designer: Eric Brown; 18 holes, Par 71
Phone:  01768.779.324
Web:   www.keswickgolfclub.com/
Greens Fees:   20GBP Visitors must book at least 7 days in advance

Keswick Mountain Bikes, Southey Hill
Rents bikes and provides lots of information about rides in the area.
Phone:  01768.775.202
Web:   www.keswickmountainbikes.co.uk/

Keswick Tourist Information Centre, Moot Hall, Market Square
Phone:  01768.772.645
Hours:  April through September 9:30AM to 5:30PM daily; October through March 9:30AM to 4:30PM daily
Web:   www.keswick.org

Lacock
Fox Talbot Museum, at Lacock Abbey
The photographer's prints, some dating from as early 1833, are displayed in the medieval barn on the Abbey grounds.
Phone:  01249.730.459
Hours:  March through October 11AM to 5:00PM daily
Admission:   4GBP

Lacock Abbey, High Street
Begun in the 13th century and seized by Henry VIII, the abbey was converted to a private home in the 16th century. Today, the chapter house, sacristy, and cloisters from the original church remain. And the house has an octagonal tower overlooking the Avon.
Phone:  01249.730.227
Hours:  Easter through October from 1PM to 5:30PM Wednesday through Monday
Admission:   7.40GBP includes admission to the Fox Talbot Museum

St. Cyriac Church, Church Street
This mostly 15th-century church is a good example of the Perpendicular style. The east window is a highlight and the church contains the tomb of Sir William Sharrington.

Lake District (England)
Lake District
This web site provides information about the Lake District.
Web:   www.cumbria-calling.com

Matlock (Peak District)
Matlock Golf Club, Chesterfield Road, Matlock Manor
18 holes, Par 68
Phone:  01629.582.191
Web:   www.matlockgolfclub.co.uk/
Greens fees:   30GBP Visitors welcome on weekdays

Oxford
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
The oldest public museum in Britain, the Ashmolean houses a marvelous collection of antiquities, British and European paintings, musical instruments, and jewelry.
Phone:  01865.278.000
Hours:  Tuesdays through Saturdays 10AM to 5PM; Sundays 2PM to 5PM
Web:   www.ashmol.ox.ac.uk/
Admission:   Free

Bodleian Library, in Radcliffe Camera
With more than 5 million volumes, this is one of the largest ? and most respected ? libraries in the world.
Phone:  01865.277165
Hours:  Tours on weekdays at 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 2PM and 3PM; Saturday at 10:30AM and 11:30AM; off-season hours vary
Web:   www.rsl.ox.ac.uk/
Admission:   4GBP

Carfax Tower
Climb the tower for splendid views of Oxford.
Phone:  01865.792.653
Hours:  April through October, 10AM to 5PM daily; Off season, Monday through Saturday 10AM to 3:30PM
Admission:   1.60GBP

Cherwell Boathouse, Bardwell Road
Rent a punt and enjoy Oxford from the river.
Phone:  01865.515978
Hours:  Mid-March to Mid-October 10AM to dusk daily
Web:   www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk/
Prices From:   10GBP per hour, plus 50GBP deposit

Magdalen Bridge Boathouse, opposite the Botanic Gardens
Rent a punt and enjoy Oxford from the river.
Phone:  01865.202643
Hours:  Mid-March to Mid-October 10AM to dusk daily
Prices From:   10GBP per hour, plus 30GBP deposit

Museum of the History of Science, Old Ashmolean Building, Broad Street
This interesting museum contains more than 10,000 objects and scientific instruments from the 1600s.
Phone:  01865.277.280
Hours:  Noon to 4:00PM Tuesday through Saturday; and 2:00PM to 5:00PM Sunday
Web:   www.mhs.ox.ac.uk
Admission:   Free

Oxford City
This website contains information about Oxford.
Web:   www.oxfordcity.co.uk/

Oxford Tourist Information Centre, 15-16 Broad Street
See website for scheduled walking tours of the college and city.
Phone:  01865.726.871
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 5PM and Sundays and bank holidays in summer from 10AM to 3:30PM.
Web:   www.visitoxford.org
Admission:   Walking tours are 6.50GBP

Painswick (Cotswolds)
Owlpen Manor, just south of Painswick
This house with three gables was built between 1450 and 1720. You can tour the interior and stroll through the lovely gardens.
Phone:  01453.860261
Hours:  May through September, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 2PM to 5PM
Web:   www.owlpen.com
Admission:   4.80GBP for the house and gardens; 2.80GBP garden only

Painswick Golf Club
18 holes, Par 67
Phone:  01425.812.180
Greens fees:   17.50GBP Members only on Saturday afternoon and Sundays

Painswick House, Gloucester Street, Route B4073, Painswick Stroud
The owners allow visitors to tour the lovely private gardens of this 18th-century manor house.
Phone:  01452.813.204
Hours:  January through October, from 11AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   4GBP

Painswick Tourist Information Centre, Painswick Library, Stroud Road
Phone:  01452.813.552
Hours:  April through September, Monday through Saturday 10AM to 6PM
Web:   www.visit-glos.org.uk/cities/Frameset-1.htm

Sawrey (Lake District (England))
Hill Top, Near Sawrey
Beatrix Potter, the author and illustrator of the Peter Rabbit stories lived in this house now managed by the National Trust.
Phone:  01539.436.269
Hours:  April through October, Saturday through Wednesday 10:30AM to 4:30PM
Web:   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scripts/nthandbook.dll?ACTION=PROPERTY&PROPERTYID=152
Admission   5GBP

Stonehenge
Stonehenge, Junction of A303 and A344/A360
This 5,000-year-old complex is one of the best known prehistoric sites in the world.
Phone:  01980.624.715
Hours:  Summer: 9:00AM to 7PM; Spring and Fall: 9:30AM to 6PM; Winter: 9:30Am to 4PM
Web:   www.english-heritage.org.uk/stonehenge
Admission:   5.50GBP

Stourhead
Longleat House, Six miles north of Stourhead on B3092
There's something for everyone at this superb Elizabethan estate built for the Marquess of Bath. In addition to the magnificent palace and furnishings, there's a wild animal park and an assortment of theme park attractions.
Phone:  01985.844.400
Hours:  April through October10AM to 5:30PM daily; November through Easter guided tours at set times between 11AM to 3PM daily
Web:   www.longleat.co.uk/
Admission:   9GBP house and gardens only

Stourhead Gardens, near the village of Stourton
Although there is a country house here, the gardens are the reason to visit. One of the best examples of the 18th-century predilection for "natural" landscaping, they are magnificent all year long.
Phone:  01747.841.152
Hours:  9AM to 7PM (or dusk) daily
Web:   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scripts/nthandbook.dll?ACTION=PROPERTY&PropertyId=324
Admission:   5.80GBP; 4.30GBP off season

Stow-on-the-Wold (Cotswolds)
Anthony Preston Antiques Ltd., The Square
Furniture and furnishings from England and France.
Phone:  1451.831.586
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 6PM
Web:   www.antonypreston.com/

Antiques
This web site provides information about antique stores in the Cotswolds.
Web:   www.cotswolds-antiques-art.com

Baggott Church Street Ltd., Church Street
Four show rooms filled with antiques from the 17th to 19th centuries.
Phone:  01451.830.370
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Web:   www.baggottantiques.com/

Huntington's Antiques Ltd., Church Street
Dozens of rooms in two stories with some of the finest antiques in Britain.
Phone:  01451.830.842
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 5:30PM

Sleepy Hollow Farm Park, 32 Sleepy Hollow, Moreton-in-Marsh
Rare and exotic domesticated and wild animals can be observed here.
Phone:  01386.701.264
Hours:  Easter through September from 10:30AM to 6PM daily
Admission:   3.25GBP

Stow-on-the-Wold Tourist Information Centre, Hollis House, The Square
Phone:  01451.831.082
Hours:  Easter through October, Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 5:30PM, Sundays 9AM to 5PM; November through Easter, Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 4:30PM

Stratford-upon-Avon
Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Cottage Lane, Shottery
This is the home Shakespeare's wife lived in prior to their marriage. Many of the furnishings from the period have been preserved and the thatched-roof cottage has lovely gardens.
Phone:  01789.292100
Hours:   March 20 to October 19, Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 5PM and Sundays 10AM to 5PM; off season Monday through Sunday 10AM to 4PM
Web:   www.shakespeare.org.uk/homepage
Admission:   5.20GBP

Hall's Croft, Old Town
One of the finest Tudor houses and gardens in Stratford, this was probably the home of Shakespeare's daughter and her husband.
Phone:  01789.292107
Hours:  June to August, Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 5PM and Sundays 10AM to 5PM; April to May 11AM to 5PM daily; November to March, 11AM to 4PM daily
Web:   www.shakespeare.org.uk/homepage
Admission:   3.50GBP

Harvard House, High Street
This half-timbered Elizabethan townhouse was the home of the mother of the founder of Harvard University.
Phone:  01789.204.507
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday 10Am to 4PM; Sundays 10:30AM to 4:30PM
Web:   www.stratford-upon-avon.co.uk/soaharv.htm

Mary Arden's House and the Shakespeare Countryside Museum, Wilmcote
Visit the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother, and a neighboring Tudor farmstead, Palmers Farm (previously thought to be Mary Arden's childhood home).
Phone:  01789.293455
Hours:  June to August, Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 5PM and Sundays 10AM to 5PM; April to May, Monday through Saturdays, 10AM to 5PM, and Sundays 10:30AM to 5PM; November to March, Monday through Saturday, 10:00AM to 4:00PM, 10:30AM to 4:00PM Sundays
Web:   www.shakespeare.org.uk/homepage
Admission:   5.70GBP

Nashs' House, Chapel Street
Nash married Shakespeare's granddaughter and he built this house on the site of the house where Shakespeare died. It's furnished from the period and there's a knot garden.
Phone:  01789.292.325
Hours:  June to August, Monday through Saturday, 9:30AM to 5PM and Sundays 10AM to 5PM; April to May, Daily, 11AM to 5PM; November to March, Daily, 11AM to 4PM
Web:   www.shakespeare.org.uk/homepage
Admission:   4GBP

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, CV37 6BB
Three theaters offer performances year 'round. You can purchase tickets in advance.
Phone:  08706.091.110
Hours:  Box office open Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 8PM
Web:   www.rsc.org.uk
Tickets From:   5GBP

Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street
This home of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust contains information about Shakespeare events in the area and a costume exhibition.
Phone:  01789.204.016
Hours:  Various hours for all the properties
Web:   www.shakespeare.org.uk
Admission:   13GBP for a ticket that includes admission to all the Shakespeare properties in Stratford.

Shakespeare's Birthplace, Henley Street
The literary genius was born in a small room here in 1564. The half-timbered house and gardens are filled with memorabilia.
Phone:  01789.204.016
Hours:  June to August, Monday through Saturday 9:00AM to 5PM and Sundays 9:30AM to 5PM; September to October, Monday through Saturday 10AM to 5PM and Sundays 10:30AM to 5PM; November to March 10AM to 4PM and Sundays 10:30AM to 4PM; April to May, Monday through Saturday 10AM to 5PM and Sundays 10:30AM to 5PM.
Web:   www.shakespeare.org.uk/homepage
Admission:   6.70GBP

Stratford-upon-Avon Tourist Information Centre, Bridgefoot
Phone:  01789.293.127
Hours:  March through October, Monday through Saturday 9AM to 6PM, Sundays 11:30AM to 4:30PM; November to Easter, Monday through Saturday 9AM to 5PM

Tewesbury (Cotswolds)
Tewkesbury Park Golf and Country Club, Lincoln Green Lane
18 holes, Par 73
Phone:  01684.295.405
Fax:  01684.292.386
Greens fees:   30GBP Visitors by prior arrangement.

Warwick
Warwick Castle
This is the finest medieval castle in Britain. It contains one of the world's best collections of medieval arms and armor. And the gardens, laid out by Capability Brown, are beautiful.
Phone:  08704.422.371
Hours:  March through November 10AM to 6PM daily: December through February 10AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.warwick-castle.co.uk/
Admission:   12.95GBP

Wells
Bishop's Palace, Market Place
Surrounded by a swan filled moat, the palace contains many surviving quarters from the 12th and 13th centuries.
Phone:  01749.678.691
Hours:  Easter through October Monday through Friday 10:30AM to 6PM; Sundays Noon to 6PM
Web:   www.bishopspalacewells.co.uk
Admission:   4GBP

Cathedral Church of St. Andrew
This Gothic church begun in the 12th-century has been beautifully restored. The magnificent Western fašade contains 300 sculptures and the fan vaulting and stained glass inside are exceptional.
Phone:  01749.674483
Hours:  7AM to 7PM daily in summer; 7AM to 6PM daily off season
Web:   www.wellscathedral.org.uk/
Admission:   A 5GBP donation is appreciated.

Cheddar Caves, Cheddar
The underground caverns here are more than a million years old. Filled with stalactites, stalagmites, and other brilliantly colored formations, they are a spelunker's dream. In addition to exploring the cave, visitors can take an underground "fantasy adventure," walk along the cliff tops or climb Pavey's Lookout Tower for views of the countryside. Good for those who are active.
Phone:  01934.742.343
Hours:  Easter through September 10AM to 5PM daily; October through Easter 10:30AM to 4:30PM
Web:   www.bath.co.uk/cheddarshowcaves
Admission:   6.90GBP

Chewton Cheese Dairy, Priory Farm, Chewton Mendip
Cheddar is made here most mornings and you can watch the process or purchase a wheel to send back home.
Phone:  01761.241.666
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily; Guided tours April through October at 11:30AM, 12:15PM, 1PM, and 1:45PM.
Web:   www.chewtoncheesedairy.co.uk
Admission:   Free; guided tours are 2.50GBP

Wells Tourist Information Office
Town Hall Market Place
Phone:  01729.672.552
Hours:  April through October, 9:30AM to 5:30PM daily, November through March 10:00AM to 4:00PM daily
Web:   www.wells.gov.uk/site/tourism

Wookey Hole Caves & Paper Mill, Wookey Hole, outside Wells
The caves here were first inhabited 60,000 years ago. You can visit them and then tour the mill where paper is made by hand.
Phone:  01749.672.243
Hours:  April through October 10AM to 5:00PM daily; November through March 10:00AM to 4:00PM daily. Closed December 17 to 25.
Web:   www.wookey.co.uk
Admission:   9.90GBP

Windermere (Lake District (England))
Ashton's Windermere Cycles, 12 Main Road
Rents bikes and provides info about rides in the area.
Phone:  01539.447.779

The World of Beatrix Potter, The Old Laundry, Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere
This rather commercial spot offers a multi-media presentation about the life of the author of the Peter Rabbit stories. It also sells every conceivable souvenir. For true fans only.
Phone:  01539.488.444
Hours:  Easter through September from 10AM to 5:30PM daily; October through Easter 10AM to 4:30PM daily
Web:   www.hop-skip-jump.com/
Admission   5GBP

Windermere Golf Club, Cleabarrow, Bowness-on-Windermere
Designer: G. Lowe; 18 hole, Par 67
Phone:  01539.443.123
Web:   www.windermeregolfclub.net
Greens Fees:   30GBP Visitors should contact the pro shop at least 7 days in advance.

Windermere Lake Holidays Afloat, Gilly's Landing, Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere
Rents everything from canoes to cabin cruisers for use on Lake Windermere.
Phone:  01539.443.415
Web:   www.windermere-lake-holidays-afloat.co.uk

Windermere Tourist Information Centre, Victoria Street
Phone:  01539.446.499
Hours:  September to June, 9AM to 6PM daily; July and August, Sunday through Thursday, 9AM to 6PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM to 6:30PM; Off season, daily, 9AM to 5PM

Woodstock
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
England's grandest palace, Blenheim rivals Versailles in splendor and opulence. Filled with priceless objects and surrounded by spectacular gardens, Blenheim was the birthplace of Winston Churchill.
Phone:  8700.602.080
Hours:  February to November,10:30AM to 5:30PM daily; November and December, 10:30 to 5:30, Wednesday through Sunday
Web:   www.blenheimpalace.com
Admission:   13GBP

York
Castle Howard, Malton
One of Britain's grandest homes, this 18th-century palace was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim. The grounds and furnishings are superb. In fact, Brideshead Revisited was filmed here.
Phone:  01653.648.444
Hours:  March to late October 11AM to 4PM daily
Web:   www.castlehoward.co.uk
Admission:   10GBP

Castle Museum, The Eye of York, off Tower Street
Recreated streets, rooms, and scenes from Victorian, Edwardian, and Georgian England, as well as a nice collection of arms and armor.
Phone:  01904.687.687
Hours:  9:30AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/
Admission:   6.50GBP

Jorvik Viking Centre, Coppergate
Built on top of an archaeological dig, this attraction transports visitors via "time car" to 10th-century Viking York.
Phone:  01904.643.211
Hours:  April through October 10:00AM to 5:00PM daily; November through March 10:00AM to 4:00PM daily
Web:   www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk
Admission:   7.45GBP

Merchant Adventurers' Hall, Fossgate
This 14th-century, half-timbered house belonged to one of York's richest guilds.
Phone:  01904.654.818
Hours:  April through September 9AM to 5PM, Monday through Thursday, 9AM to 3:30PM Friday and Saturday, Noon to 4PM Sunday; October through March, Monday through Saturday 9AM to 3:30PM
Web:   theyorkcompany.co.uk/
Admission:   2.50GBP

National Railway Museum, Leeman York Road
With more than 100 locomotives and royal "palaces on wheels" on display, this is a must for any train lover.
Phone:  01904.621.261
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily
Web:   www.nrm.org.uk
Admission:   Free

Original Ghost Walk of York, leaves from the King's Arms pub, 3 King's Staith
This tour claims to be the first and its informed guides make it a memorable ? if creepy ? experience.
Phone:  01904.764.222
Hours:  Tours leave the King's Arms nightly at 8PM
Admission:   3.50GBP

The Ghost Hunt of York, The Shambles
Learn about York's other-wordly denizens and psychic goings-on in this lively tour.
Phone:  01904.608.700
Hours:  90-minute tours leave nightly at 7:30PM
Admission:   4GBP

The Red House Antiques Centre, Duncombe Place
Ten showrooms on two floors located near York Minster.
Phone:  01904.637.000
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 5:30PM; Sundays 10AM to 5PM

Theatre Royal, St. Leonard's Place
This beautiful theater was refurbished in 1994. It presents plays, concerts, and other performances throughout the year.
Phone:  01904.623.568
Hours:  Box office: Monday 10AM to 6PM, Tuesday through Saturday 10AM to 8PM
Web:   www.theatre-royal-york.co.uk

York Minster, Duncombe Place
One of the world's great churches, this 13th-century cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. The stained glass windows are rivalled only by those at Chartres.
Phone:  01904.557.216
Hours:  Subject to change. Generally 10AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday and Sundays 1PM to 5PM; closing earlier in winter.
Web:   www.yorkminster.org
Admission into the Minster:   5GBP
Combined Ticket:  7GBP

York Tourist Information Centre, De Grey Rooms, Exhibition Square
Free two-hour walking tours of the city leave daily at 10:15AM and gather at the Art Gallery in Exhibition Square. There are two additional tours during the summer at 2:15PM and 6:45PM
Phone:  01904.621.756
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 9AM to 5PM; Sundays 10AM to 3PM

Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens
This museum, housed in St. Mary's Abbey, has wonderful gardens and many outstanding Roman, Viking, and Anglo-Saxon artifacts.
Phone:  01904.687.687
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk/
Admission:   4GBP