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A look back at last year's annual Shakespeare Celebrations in Stratford help make Warwickshire a top tourist destination.
A look back at last year's annual Shakespeare Celebrations in Stratford help make Warwickshire a top tourist destination.

WARWICKSHIRE has been named as one of Europe’s top destinations for travellers this summer. The English county received the accolade in Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2016 list, which highlights the European destinations that should be on travellers’ radars right now.

Lonely Planet’s Editorial Director, Tom Hall, said: “Warwickshire is best known for Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, but Warwickshire has so much more to offer. Experience the wonderful mix of Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture of Charlecote Park. Whether travellers are seeking sublime scenery, historic market towns or perfect ruins, Warwickshire has them all, making the county one of our top European picks this summer.”

Stratforward has welcomed the announcement. Its chairman Sara Aspley said: "This is fantastic news. Lonely Planet is the world's leading travel media company with tens of thousands of dedicated followers across the globe. What they say influences travel decisions worldwide and I am confident that this will add to the numbers of visitors heading our way this year and beyond."

"I have no doubt that everything going on in Stratford-upon-Avon this year to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death - from the recent Shakespeare Celebrations Weekend to the opening of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom to the public for the first time, the re-opening of New Place on 1 July, the remodelling and renovation of parts of the Swan Theatre, not to mention the world-class productions currently taking place at the RST, have all contributed to the county being named as one of the places to visit this year."

Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2016 Destinations are as follows

  1. Peloponnese, Greece
  2. Aarhus, Denmark
  3. Venice, Italy
  4. The Dordogne, France
  5. Lviv, Ukraine
  6. Warwickshire, England
  7. Extremadura, Spain
  8. East Coast Tenerife, Canary Islands
  9. Texel, the Netherlands
  10. Northern Dalmatia, Croatia


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