News center
Let's strategize together to create a beneficial solution.

Incredible moated castle opening to the public for one day only

Oct 12, 2023

Maxstoke Castle near Coleshill, Warwickshire featured in BBC 2's Digging for Britain but, being privately owned, not many people know about it

Did you know there's a moated castle on the outskirts of Birmingham that not many people know about? Maxstoke Castle is a 14th century fortified manor house.

Surrounded by four acres of formal and informal gardens, the castle has been in the same family for more than 400 years. Privately-owned, it isn't open to the public - except for one day a year when the owners throw open their doors to welcome people in to help raise funds for local charities.

Just three miles from Coleshill, you can step inside this incredible building and wander its grounds as part of a fundraising event taking place on Sunday June 11. All proceeds will help to raise funds for Maxstoke Church and the National Gardening Scheme. It's a unique opportunity to walk around and go inside this stunning castle.

Read more: Amazing castles within an hour of Birmingham

The castle was commissioned by Sir William de Clinton and its licence to crenellate, that is to fortify it with battlements, dates from February 1345. Centring around a large courtyard, it features four turrets plus a grand turreted entrance, beautifully-landscaped gardens and a black and white timbered building within the castle walls.

Maxstoke Castle near Coleshill - in pictures

In the spring and summer, the gardens are full of beautiful booms. Inside, there are vaulted ceilings with exposed beams. Paintings and stag heads line the walls and there is an abundance of classical furniture, including a grandfather clock.

Maxstoke Castle was recently included on BBC 2's Digging for Britain. Evidence of what appears to be one of the first skirmishes of the English Civil War has been unearthed by archaeologists at a nearby HS2 dig. It has been in the continuous ownership of the Dilke (later Fetherston-Dilke) families for over 400 years.

The open day is usually mid June and this year it is happening on Sunday June 11 from 11am to 5pm. There will be teas and refreshments plus plant and gift stalls in the grounds. Tickets will be available to purchase on the day upon arrival at the castle grounds.

Admission costs £9 for adults and £6 for over 65s and children aged eight to 17. Children under eight go free. Depending on numbers, you may have to wait to gain entry for health and safety restrictions. Find out more via the Maxstoke Castle website. No dogs allowed and unfortunately the castle is not wheelchair friendly.

Maxstoke Castle is near Coleshill in Warwickshire. The postcode is B46 2RD. It takes around 25 minutes to get there, traffic permitting, via the M6. Parking is free. You can catch a train from Birmingham New Street to Coleshill Parkway. It takes around 16 minutes. You would then need to get a taxi to the castle.

For more great days out, follow Brummie Mummies on Facebook and Instagram, listen to our podcasts and sign up to our sign up to our free Brummie Mummies newsletter

Read more:

The magnificent view that is well worth the two-hour drive from Birmingham

How to get to Birmingham's nearest beaches by train - including one of the best in the world