If you are setting off for a Stratford-Upon-Avon get-away, be sure to make a mark in your calendar for a trip to nearby Alcester and a stay in one of the gorgeous Alcester hotels. A quintessential English market town, Alcester is an architectural gem with a warm community set in the attractive ‘Shakespeare’s Countryside’. It is just seven miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon and is situated on the River Arrow.
This little town’s history extends back to the Romans. Consequently, this certain characteristic has made the town the subject of numerous archaeological digs. In fact, Alcester is now one of the best understood Roman settlements in the country. Our Alcester Hotels and Travel Guide will give you an overview of what to do and where to stay in this interesting English town.
Alcester Hotels and Accommodation
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Alcester offers its visitors a warm and friendly welcome with a good choice of places that would definitely suit everybody. If you want to spend a romantic and luxurious stay in Alcester, The Arrow Mill Hotel is one good option. The rates normally start from £100/night. A truly historic building that dates back to the 11th century, Arrow Mill is surrounded by a spectacular and secluded riverside setting, making it one of the most special Alcester Hotels.
If you want to have a unique experience as you stay at Alcester Town, the Barceló Billelsey Manor Hotel is the best for you. This is situated just minutes from the M40 – which is outside Stratford-upon-Avon. This manor is a fine Elizabethan house set in 11 acres of English grounds that truly captivates the very essence of Central England. Room rates start from £82/night.
If you are on a tight budget, there are also a good number of great Alcester hotels with affordable room rates to choose from. Kings Court Hotel is a 16th century Tudor farmhouse that is perfectly set in beautiful gardens. Room rates normally range around £44/night. It offers charming en suite rooms (some with discounted rates), a great restaurant, hotel bar, tranquil courtyard area and superb service. Also, The Stag At Redhill Inn can give you a unique and individual service that every guest deserve – with room rates starting from £45/night.
Things to do in Alcester
There is definitely a good number of places to visit in Alcester and its surrounding areas. You should not miss the three historic houses in the area. The Coughton Court has been the home of the Throckmorton family and is presently owned by the National Trust.
Another is the Ragley Hall that has been the home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford. Mary Arden’s House (the beloved mother of Shakespeare) is another good place to visit. Alternatively, if you are searching for an exciting day out, quickly head for The Ranch Caravan Parks or the Mill Garden.
Where to Eat
Although the town of Alcester is small, it has quite a surprising number of public houses, restaurants and take away food outlets. If you want to explore true Indian classical cuisine, The Cellar Indian Restaurant and Bar will undoubtedly give you the most sumptuous and intimate dining experience in your Alcester get-away. Also, The Frog @ Bidford On Avon is a family friendly pub that offers a stunning location on the banks of the River Avon.
If you want some coffee/tea-break on a breezy afternoon, why not come to Venue Xpresso coffee shop plus original art gallery. Another is The Tudor Rose Tearooms and Restaurant have a range of traditional food along with and extensive take-away menu. To add to the delight, it has just opened a bakery section, which offers a wide range of cakes, bread, savouries, ice cream,sandwiches and drinks.
When to go
Since the town of Alcester has a rich list of attractions combined with festive local events, you can deeply enjoy being here anytime of the year! There is the Annual Mop in October and the Town Crier’s Competition in April. An overload of parades and markets held in this beautiful town also, attract a wide following of different people from all over the globe.