The Best Family Days Out in Warwickshire
Time to make some memories with our guide to the very best Warwickshire days out – fun for all the family whatever the weather.
Here at Hilltop Hideaways we’re big believers that a day out with the kids shouldn’t have to cost a fortune, so there are plenty of tips for fun-filled free days out in the Midlands too!
Rooted in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, just a stone’s throw from the tourist magnets of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and the Cotswolds, there are no shortage of fun days out right on our doorstep.
Here we give you our top picks of the best family days out in the Midlands to enjoy while you glamp, camp and enjoy some quality together time with us.
Top of the list for many a family planning a day out with the kids while staying with us is a trip to Warwick Castle. ‘Britain’s ultimate castle’ – there is so much to see and do, so arrive early and make a full day of it. From climbing towers to daring the dungeons, there are 64 acres to explore here. The kids will love the interactive attractions and walk-through adventures, including the new Horrible Histories Maze. There are daily shows and activities too – like the spectacular birds of prey display.
St Nicholas Park, Warwick
To marvel at the splendour of Warwick Castle without the admission cost, head to St Nicholas Park, a brilliant place to let the kids run free. You get beautiful views of the castle across the river and can even hire a boat or pedalo to paddle even closer. There’s a fab park, amusement rides, mini golf and a lovely little café to enjoy (selling amazing homemade ice creams). And it’s all dog-friendly too.
Market Hall Museum, Warwick
Offering free entry, Market Hall Museum is located in the Market Hall, a 17th century landmark in the heart of Warwick. The museum tells the story of Warwickshire, displaying geology, natural history and early history of the county. Highlights include the Sheldon Tapestry Map of Warwickshire, the second largest early Roman coin hoard in Britain and a live observation bee hive.
Compton Verney Art Gallery
Here 120 acres of stunning parkland and lakes surround an award-winning art gallery and it’s a great place to take the kids. There is a big outdoor adventure playground, a family-friendly café and lots of regular family events and activities – from forest school sessions to hands-on art activities.
Shakespeare Houses, Stratford-upon-Avon
Of course, one of the biggest draws around here. And if you’re planning a day out with the kids, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Shakespeare Houses offer so much. In the town itself you’ll find Shakespeare’s Birthplace and his final home at New Place. But for the best child-friendly days out, we like Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in the village of Shottery (a stone’s throw from Stratford) where he wooed his bride to be. There are loads of special activities for the kids to enjoy here – from arts and crafts to a woodland treasure hunt. And we love Mary Arden’s House, a few miles out of the town. Here you can experience a Tudor working farm (home to Shakespeare’s mother) with farm animals to feed, falconry to watch, archery to try, a lovely play area and wildflower meadow. ‘Full story’ tickets are available if you want to explore all the Shakespeare Houses – and you can always hop on the open-top bus which connects them.
Butterfly Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon
The UK’s largest tropical butterfly paradise, we love it here. Come rain or shine, enjoy hundreds of the world’s most beautiful butterflies flying in an exotic environment of tropical blossom with splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools. There are plenty of creepy crawlies too – for anyone wanting to hold a tarantula! Right next to Stratford’s Recreation Ground, go to the park afterwards or hire a boat on the Avon.
Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon
You don’t need to catch a show to enjoy a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. It’s a really child-friendly venue, with a great café, a dress-up area (where kids can try on RSC costumes – all free of charge) and lots of family events throughout the year. There are regular exhibitions too – and you can take a trip up the Theatre Tower for a spectacular view.
Mad Museum, Stratford-upon-Avon
This is the UK’s only mechanical art venue – and hugely popular with families. Interact with eccentric artworks, contraptions and machines, build marble runs, there’s something for kids of all ages.
Hatton Country World
Perfect for anyone planning days out with toddlers, Hatton Country World is a big farm park set in 100 acres and with 450 creatures great and small to meet. From sheep shearing to pony rides or small animal holding, it’s a great day out for animal lovers. There’s a large adventure park too, plus trampolines, bouncy castles, rides and a big soft play barn.
Another free day out (donations on admission welcomed) you’ll find Redwings Horse Sanctuary not far from us in the village of Oxhill. Home to 90 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys, you can go on ‘walk and talk tours’ to meet the residents. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
Charlecote Park – National Trust
A Victorian home set in a spectacular landscaped deer park, this National Trust property makes a great family day out. Explore the stables, see Cook in the kitchen, take part in the range of special activities and events or simply picnic and play in the parkland where the deer roam free along the riverside.
From medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle has been at the centre of England’s affairs for much of its 900 year history. Today, you can scale the heights of the tower built to woo Queen Elizabeth I and marvel at the mighty Norman keep. Explore the exhibition in the Gatehouse, and imagine the majesty of the Great Hall playing host to medieval monarchs and early Tudor kings.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
A little further afield – but well worth the trip to Burford in the Cotswolds for a magical day out here. Forget driving round a safari park to see big game, here you’re on foot, getting up close to all sorts of animals – from monkeys to rhinos, lions to penguins. There’s a brilliant ‘sky walk’ too – where you can stand face-to-face with giraffes, and a fab miniature train. With a large wooden adventure park and acres to explore, pack a picnic and enjoy. Dogs are welcome too – the only area out-of-bounds is the wolf enclosure!
There you have it – no shortage of fun for all the family and all within easy reach. Go and explore!