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Warwickshire rated among top 10 European summer travel destinations

Published 24/05/2016

Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, a county rated as one of Europe's top places to visit this summer
Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, a county rated as one of Europe's top places to visit this summer
Warwick Castle in Warwickshire.
Chesterton Windmill in Warwickshire.
Lillington Library in Warwickshire, is one of England's youngest buildings to receive protected status (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
The William Webb Ellis statue at the Rugby School, Warwickshire.
Astley Castle in Warwickshire has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2013 for the best new building of the year (RIBA)
Kenilworth Castle's gardens, which were originally commissioned by the Earl of Leicester to impress Queen Elizabeth I in 1575.
Arbury Hall, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
People enjoy the sun along the river in Stratford-upon-Avon

Warwickshire has been named as one of Europe's top destinations to visit this summer.

It was described by travel guide experts as "brimming with beauty" and praised for its "bucolic hills, sublime castles and historic market towns".

Lonely Planet ranked t he county as number six in its Best in Europe 2016 list.

Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon is hosting events throughout the year to mark the 400th anniversary of his death, while visitors to Warwick Castle can see its restored 22-tonne trebuchet - a huge catapult - in operation.

The Peloponnese in Greece took the number one spot in Europe this summer, followed by Aarhus, Denmark in second place and Venice, Italy at number three.

Lonely Planet's editorial director, Tom Hall, said: " Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2016 list offers up our recommendations for travellers seeking an authentic experience in Europe this summer - for those looking for local recommendations, or for those hoping to absorb some traditional life while they're away.

"Whether they are firm holiday favourites that have something new to offer, or places you may never have come across, these destinations should be on any traveller's wish list this summer."

:: This is Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2016 list:

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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