Warwickshire Castles, Shakespeare & Countryside Sightseeing

Taking off from former RAF base Wellesbourne, Stratford-upon-Avon airfield and heading off towards Warwick. Over this 30 minute, 45 minute or deluxe 60 minute tour you will be able to choose to from dozens of fabulous warwickshire countryside castles, houses and tourism sites.  These include the remains of Kenilworth Castle, described by architectural historian Anthony Emery as “the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages”.  It was also the place of the longest ever siege in English history and becoming a base of operations for the War of the Roses.  

You can relax and enjoy an introductory flight in to the world of Shakespeare. Warwickshire and Cotswold countryside is breathtaking, and you will take a bird’s eye view, an experience that can only be seen from our classic aircraft. See the famous Warwickshire historical sights, such as Ragley Hall, Warwick Castle and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The tours will take you over the home town and birthplace, of William Shakespeare.  Across the county you will also see Coughton Court, used as the training and organisational camp for one of the world’s most famous planned terrorist attacks against British Government. The Gunpowder plot, orcastrated by Guy Fawkes in 1605 and is remembered each year on the 5th November as bonfire night. Afterwards enjoy the flight over Evesham and into the depths of the Cotswold towns.

You can fly over the spectacular Warwick Castle founded in 1068 by William the Conquer. The castle is steeped in history and has hosted numerous lavish Royal parties and for many famous people such as Winston Churchill.  Warwick Castle is considered to be one of the finest medieval castles in Europe.   

Then souring above Shakespeare’s birthplace, Ragley Hall the ancestral seat and estate of the Marquess of Hertford and host to film sets such as Doctor Who, Vanity Fair and Scarlet Pimpernel. See Compton Verney estate dating back to 1442, the gardens designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the 1700’s can be viewed on your pleasure flight tour.

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Warwick CastleBuilt by William the Conqueror in 1068 and probably the finest medieval castle in Europe. Played host to most Kings and Queens and Prime Minister in English history. Outstanding
Guys CliffeNamed after Guy of Warwick, the legendary English hero talked about in the 13th century. The house is now in ruins. In WW1 and WW2 it was used as a school for evacuated children. In 1992 whilst filming Sherlock Holmes the building caught fire. The house has many dark and haunting secrets.
Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon is the medieval market town and16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. Possibly the most famous writer in the English language. The home of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Billesley ManorFrom the time of the Norman Conquest the manor house at Billesley was one of a number of
central England properties belonging to the increasingly influential Trussell family who deposed King Edward II.
Coughton CourtCoughton estate has been owned by the Throckmorton family since 1409. It holds a place in English history for its roles in both the Throckmorton Plot of 1583 to murder Queen Elizabeth I of England, and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Ragley HallA stately home and the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Hertford. Used in several film locations including the 1982 television version of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
EveshamDating back to 709 the town lies within the Vale of Evesham on a flood plain of the River Avon. The town was founded around one of Europe's largest Abbey's. One the tower survives now after King Henry VIII disbanded Catholic monasteries.
BroadwayOften referred to as the "Jewel of the Cotswolds", Broadway village lies beneath Fish Hill on the western Cotswold escarpment. The "broad way" is the wide grass-fringed main street, centred on the Green, which is lined with red chestnut trees and honey-coloured Cotswold limestone buildings, many dating from the 16th century.
Chipping CampdenA wealthy Cotswold market town. "Chipping" is from Old English "cēping", meaning, a market-place". In the middle ages the town enjoyed the patronage of wealthy wool merchants who built their own elegant church.
Shipston on StourAn 8th century market town which flourished in the local wool trade. Following a fall in the demand for local wool, the local economy was in part sustained by the opening in 1836 of a branch line running from the horse-drawn Stratford and Moreton Tramway. In 1889 the line was upgraded to allow the operation of steam trains from Moreton to Shipston. The town has been known to flood in more recent years.