Sunday, 29 July 2012

Alcester


Alcester is an ancient Roman town in Warwickshire. Close to Stratford on Avon it has many archaeological sites around the town. With peaceful Tudor cottages and other equally historic buildings, Alcester used to be a walled Roman town. Around the middle of the 12th century it was known for its Benedictine Monastery. This is a very picturesque market town where the rivers Alne and Arrow meet. 


Some of the finest buildings in the town are around Butter Street and Malt Hill Lane near the church with its fine Old Rectory Georgian building. The town holds an annual Mop Fair in October which lasts for two days and where the town comes to life with amusements, stalls and a variety of fair entertainment. Every May the town plasys host to The Alcester Forest of Arden Food Festival.

With Stratford on Avon so close by and with a wealth of beautiful countryside surrounding Alcester there is a lot to see and do. Ragley Hall is a well known local attraction set in 400 acres of parkland and a great place for families with its adventure playground, maze and woodland walks and picnic areas. Coughton Court, owned by the National Trust is just 2 miles north of Alcester with its beautiful house and grounds and Longbarn village is home to a number of of small businesses nestling in the countryside. 







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