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Places to visit within 2.5 hrs drive of Coventry?

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gettingaway Mon 25-Mar-13 14:52:12

Any ideas? For adults without kids. Thanks

eatyourveg Mon 25-Mar-13 21:39:46

Bath, Oxford, Peak District, Norfolk, Hay-on Wye, Winchester - what are you after, city break or getaway in the country?

myhandslooksoold Mon 25-Mar-13 21:41:20

You can get to Derbyshire, Chatsworth house, bakewell, hope, all vv lovely, with lots of walks, browsing shops, lovely pubs with fires etc

starfishmummy Mon 25-Mar-13 21:52:31

I think you will find Norfolk and Manchester are a bit further than 2.5 hrs!!

KLou111 Mon 25-Mar-13 22:00:05

Stratford upon Avon, train to London is only 50 mins if that's an option?

gettingaway Mon 25-Mar-13 22:57:39

country would be lovely. have already been to peak district, lake district and oxford. loved them all esp the lakes.

will look up all suggested, thanks.

KLou111 Tue 26-Mar-13 06:41:15

Warwick? Warwick castle is a good day out, although can be expensive. Western super mare is only a 2 hour drive and our nearest seaside (I live in Rugby).

eatyourveg Tue 26-Mar-13 07:54:34

starfishmummy Coventry to Downham Market in Norfolk is less than 2.5 hours, google maps have it as 2 and a quarter. Coventry to Manchester it states is less than 2 hours so both do/able if OP wanted. I'd go for Hay if you don't want city. You can walk in the Brecon Beacons and visit the bookshops at your leisure (hate being rushed by dc when I'm in a bookshop) - just over 2 hours and the route looks fairly straight forward

gettingaway Tue 26-Mar-13 12:36:50

i am leaning towards stratford upon avon. can anyone tell me more about how to best enjoy it in a day?

also have added warwick castle on my list. have found a 2 for 1 coupon to go there smile

Notquite Tue 26-Mar-13 12:48:47

Do Warwick Castle not only without your own children but during term time to avoid other people's: it gets incredibly busy, with massive queues at the entrance. It is lovely and very atmospheric when quiet though.

Straford: if you visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, your ticket will also get you into other houses owned by the Birthplace Trust, such as Anne Hathaay's Cottage. There is an open-topped bus shuttling round between them. Otherwise, the theatre is on the riverbank, so a

KLou111 Tue 26-Mar-13 12:49:04

Are you looking at going now or in a few weeks etc? Once it's warmed up, you can hire a boat on the river, that's good fun.
There are plenty of cafes and pubs for lunch (all different price ranges too, not all expensive).
Also you've got Shakespeare's birthplace you can look around. Might be best to see if there is a guide online. There is an information centre right in the middle too.

Notquite Tue 26-Mar-13 12:53:09

..pleasant place to mooch (or watch a play even).

I'm sure the offer will be over by the weekend, but the Dirty Duck, a very popular and touristy/thespy pub near the theatre, was doing two main courses for a tenner last week. I never usually go in there, but was lured in by a glimpse of empty seats and an open fire last week with a friend and very pleasant it was.

gettingaway Tue 26-Mar-13 12:57:46

notquite we dont have any children so thats a good tip as can go any weekend.

KLou wanted to go this weekend and then have a list to visit over the next few months too. very busy time coming ahead so it nice to go see places in the weekends. doing my research from now.

Withalittlesparkle Tue 26-Mar-13 12:59:06

I personally wouldnt bother with Warwick Castle. Even with 2 for 1 its really expensive and your entrance ticket will only get you in to the castle, a lot of the displays you have to pay extra for.

Stratford would be a great option, but agree its better in the slightly warmer weather.

Withalittlesparkle Tue 26-Mar-13 12:59:53

Oh and the there are loads of national trust/english heritage places within a short drive from Coventry so you dont even need to spend 2.5 hours driving!

gettingaway Tue 26-Mar-13 15:25:04

withalittlespakle can you name a few? thanks

Withalittlesparkle Tue 26-Mar-13 20:51:14

Baddesley Clinton
Packwood house
Upton house
Charlecote park

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