' an ancient Roman town in a beautiful part of south-west Warwickshire ...’
Alcester is a charming market town situated six miles from Stratford upon Avon in rural South Warwickshire. Parking is free, and the beautiful surrounding countryside, with its delightful small villages, is easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. Cycles can be hired at the Greig community centre in Kinwarton Road, and there are free leaflets available giving details of suggested bike trails and walks.
The town centre, a picturesque mix of architectural styles including 17th century black and white cottages and Georgian town houses, offers unique shopping and a great range of restaurants, cafes and pubs. In summer, the town’s prize-winning floral displays make a stunning picture.
One of a handful of English towns to retain its ancient Court Leet, Alcester has a year-round programme of events, both daytime and evening, including parades, Mop fairs, street markets and the annual Town Criers competition.
The town’s history goes back to Roman times and beyond, and the fascinating results of local archaeological excavations can be seen in the Roman museum in Globe House. There are two stately homes: Ragley Hall, home of the Marquess of Hertford, whose house and gardens are seasonally open to visitors, and National Trust–run Coughton Court.