The Bancroft Gardens are located at the river Avon, directly in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The Garden is home to Lord Gowers memorial of William Shakespeare but also features a 15-century stone bridge and the Country Artists fountain. The garden is popular with street entertainers and offers the possibility to take a boat trip on the river and the canals.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife, has spend her childhood in this timber framed cottage and young William came to visit her here during their romance before their marriage. The former farmhouse dates back to the 15th century but some of its building structure suggests that its origins date back much further than this. It is possible to take a tour of the house which is administered by The Shakespeare Trust and you can see the bed in which Anne was born and a wealth of original features. Also open to the public is the traditional cottage garden which has won several awards.
There are a tea room, free parking facilities and gift shop on site. Due to its structure the house offers only limited access for wheelchair users but it is possible to take a virtual reality tour on site.
Summer(Jun-Aug) Mon-Sat:9am-5pm Sunday:9am-5pm
Mid-season(Apr-May & Sept-Oct) Mon-Sat:9.30am-5pm Sunday:10am-5pm
Winter(Nov-March) Mon-Sun :: 10am-4pm
Westfield Derby is Derby's main shopping centre. It houses approximately 150 stores including cafes and hairdressers. The centre also includes an "Eat Central" or food hall. A 12 screen cinema is due to open in Spring 2008 and there is a childrens' soft play area called "Playworld". The centre has occasional events, details of which can be found on the website. They also offer a concierge service and have disabled facilities.
Opening times are:
Monday - Wednesday, 9am to 7pm
Thursday & Friday, 9am to 9pm
Saturday 9am to 7pm
Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm
The Cotswold Way is a designated 'National Trail' that runs along the Cotswold Escarpment for a distance of 102 miles between the Gloucestershire village of Chipping Campden and the town of Bath. The starting point - or end point, depending on which direction you are going - is outside the Town Hall in Chipping Campden, where it is marked by a large stone with a plaque.
Whilst the Cotswold Way has been actively promoted as a long distance path, it was only in 1998 that it received government endorsement to be developed as a National Trail and it was launched as such in 2007, making it the newest of the 15 specially designated trails.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park
This site is the scene of the last major action in the war of the Roses where Henry Tudor defeated Richard III. The result of the battle saw the end of rule of England by the Plantagenets and the start of the Tudor reign. The battle was fought August 22, 1485.
Features include a battle re-enactment annually on the weekend closest to the anniversary. There is a battlefield trail, visitor center (as of summer 2007 writing undergoing renovation), restaurant and gift shop.
There is a £1.50 parking charge for cars. To visit the battlefield costs are £3.25 for adults, £2.25 for children and £8.50 for families. Open 11:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. April to October and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Nov and December Sundays only.
Pickford's House is Derby's museum of Georgian Life and Costume. Some rooms in the house are decorated and set out as they might have been in Joseph Pickford's time in the Georgian period and one of the cellars is equipped as an air-raid shelter of the 1940s. There are displays of toys, costumes and textiles on the upper floors. The costume and accessories collection dates from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.
There is parking at the rear of the house. There is disabled access to the ground floor and basement, but not yet to the upper floors. Also there are no toilets on the ground and basement floors. Baby changing facilities are available.
Entry is free of charge. Opening times are:
Monday: 11am - 5pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 1pm - 4pm
The museum closes over the Christmas hoiliday period.