Charlecote Park - National Trust

Visitors in the garden at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire.
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The home of the Lucy family for over 700 years, the mellow brickwork and great chimneys of Charlecote seem to sum up the very essence of Tudor England. There are strong associations with both Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare, who knew the house well - he is alleged to have been caught poaching the estate deer. The rich early Victorian interior contains many important objects from Beckford's Fonthill Abbey and, outside, the balustraded formal garden opens onto a fine deer park landscaped by 'Capability' Brown. Visitors can see a video film of life at Charlecote Park in the Victorian period.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

Admission prices:
£6.60, child £3.30, family £16.00. Groups £5.60
Grounds only: £3.30, child £1.65
Reduced rate when arriving by public transport, cycle or on foot. Croquet set available £2.50 per hour (deposit required)

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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Charlecote Park

  • 12 September 2015

A Victorian home set in landscaped deer park. Overlooking the river Avon on the edge of Shakespeare’s Stratford, Charlecote Park has been part of this corner of rural Warwickshire for centuries. Still the Lucy family home after 900 years, you can explore the vision of the Victorian owners George Hammond Lucy and his wife, the formidable Mary Elizabeth, who extended their home and filled it with treasures from their European travels. Linger in the rooms open to our visitors in the central portion of the house to discover more about the collection brought together by generations of the family whose tastes, lifestyle and varied fortunes are all reflected here. Today, the kitchen is brought to life in cooking and costume. Across the courtyard you can explore the laundry and brewhouse which once hummed with the activity of a busy working estate. Discover the stables which house the family’s carriage collection, each with its own story to tell. Stroll through the gardens that Mary Elizabeth loved so dearly, from the formal parterre to the shady woodland garden with rare plants and borders full of colourful herbaceous planting. Picnic, play and wander through the wider parkland, inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown, with views across the river Avon. Our historic herds of Jacob sheep and fallow deer roam freely here and you can see them at close quarters all year round.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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Charlecote Tudor Detectives

Study buildings, costumes and artefacts to reveal hidden secrets.

How to obtain

Call 01789 470277 or email for more information.

Houses and Homes

The true stories of children who lived at Charlecote.

How to obtain

Call 01789 470277 or email for more information.

Charlecote Park - National Trust
Charlecote Park
CV35 9ER

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01789 470277


01789 470544

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