Situated moments from Stratford upon Avon, we’ve put together our pick of the top 5 museums near Birnam Mews, perfect for a fun family day out in the local area…
Top 5 museums near Birnam Mews
1. Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Museum
Just a 5 minute drive from Birnam Mews, The Stratford Butterfly Farm is home to the UK’s largest tropical butterfly park, with hundreds of the world’s most beautiful butterflies flying around for visitors to see. The tropical environment features splashing waterfalls and fish filled pools, as well as a whole host of other displays, including the Rainforest Flight Area, the Wildflower Garden and the Minibeast Metropolis. A perfect day out for the whole family to enjoy, the butterfly farm is situated in the heart of Stratford upon Avon.
At the River Arrow, a circular, waymarked trail guides you around all that the fantastic reserve has to offer. The one mile loop takes around 30 minutes, along the winding banks of the River Arrow which are edged with Willows, Alder, Oak and Hawthorn. Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, each viewpoint along the river offers excellent sighting opportunities, including birds and insects such as grey wagtails and several scare county beetles.
2. The MAD Museum
The UK’S only Mechanical Art Venue is on the doorstep for residents at Birnam Mews, reachable in just 7 minutes by car. Situated in the centre of Stratford upon Avon, the MAD Museum is a fun day out for all the family. The quirky attractions include interactive display pieces of mechanical art, and over 50 contraptions to test your inner inventor. A fantastic way to spend an afternoon, the clever museum combines witty, engaging design to promote science, technology, engineering, maths, art and design!
Most famously known as the birthplace of playwright William Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon has a number of attractions to explore, including a tour of the very house he grew up in. If virtual reality is more up your street, the new Shakespeare XR gives visitors the chance to virtually see inside the house, or discover Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the 500 year old cottage which was once home to Shakespeare’s wife, all just a 10 minute drive from the development.
Fun fact: Birnam Mews is named after the famed forest, Birnam Wood, referenced in Shakespeare’s Macbeth!
4. Tudor World
The only museum in the country devoted to the Tudors, Tudor World is an independent family museum set within a 16th Century historic building. Enjoy the opportunity to write with a quill and dress up as a Tudor at the interactive exhibition in Stratford upon Avon. A 10 minute drive from Birnam Mews, the museum features an after hours ghost tour, led by lantern light through the attraction.
5. Wellesbourne Wartime Museum
Located in an underground emergency wartime command and control bunker, the Wellesbourne Wartime Museum houses a collection of aviation artefacts, as well as displaying the history of the Wellesbourne Mountford airfield. An 8 minute drive from Birnam Mews, the former World War 2 Royal Air Force Station is the perfect spot for aircraft enthusiast.