Shakespeare’s county, Warwickshire, is in many ways the heart of England. Stratford-upon-Avon is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his time is preserved in countless motte-and-bailey forts, romantic Elizabethan love nests and imposing stately homes. The county is latticed with canals and stairway locks, perfect for pub lunches and picnics. The county town is Warwick, a step back into the Middle Ages with streets overhung by timber-framed houses and market squares. There is industry here too: although Coventry is technically not part of Warwickshire it’s right in the middle, and the county’s central role in the development of cars is celebrated at Royal Leamington Spa in the British Motor Museum.