Explore smaller towns and villages

Escape the crowds for a truely unique experience

Explore smaller towns and villages

Explore other Towns & Villages

Visit other towns and villages in Shakespeare Country for a truly unique experience. Visit Stoneleigh, an idyllic village with red brick cottages. Try Southam, with its restored Holy Well. It is a small historic coaching and market town with a chequered history. Similarly, the two market towns of Alcester and Henley-in-Ardenretain much of their historic charm. Follow Alcester's Heritage Trail and discover historic buildings, a wonderful selection of exciting pubs and tearooms, plus a wide choice of traditional, independent shops. Don't miss Roman Alcester, a museum which traces the town's links to the Romans and their continuing influence.

The medieval street town of Henley-in-Arden originated as a clearing in the Forest of Arden and has a rich variety of architecture - red brick, black and white half-timber and plaster sit side by side and blend to give the town its unique character. Visit the Heritage Centre and be sure to buy an ice cream!

Shipston-on-Stour saw some of the busiest sheep markets in the country and, today, its elegant Georgian buildings, traditional coaching inns, 15th-century parish church, shops and tea rooms give the town its distinctive character. Shipston has a good selection of independently run restaurants and shops which include specialists in clocks, contemporary art and traditional toys.

"I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it"


If you want to enjoy a quiet break away from all the crowds there are many other towns and villages in Shakespeare Country. There is still lots to do including visiting historic markets, tea rooms, inns and coach houses.

All of the towns are conveniently located within reach of the larger attractions so you can spend the day exploring then return to the comparative tranquillity of these quieter towns.

Some of the towns have recently had an influx of designer shops and restaurants so you will be sure to find something to tick all your boxes.

Moreton-In-Marsh in Shakespeare Country
Moreton-in-Marsh was granted its market charter in 1227 and the market is still held every Tuesday throughout the year. Many of the old buildings on the High Street date back to the 17th century.
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Nuneaton, home to author George Elliot who was born and lived in the town. Many locations in her works were based on places in or near the town and there is a statue of her in Newdegate Square.