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“beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Guy's Cliffe House

Guy's Cliffe House
Ranked #12 of 45 things to do in Warwick
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Warwickshire's Hidden Gem - Guy's Cliffe House for details and bookings for our public tours, please visit the Guy's Cliffe House website
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

went to an open afternoon there and was so lovely to be able to go in and look around! the volunteers were very knowledgable and took the time to chat to people. very nice indeed!

Visited July 2013
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“ghost tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

Brilliant staff with informative anecdotes.
Stunning place with great views, an its own church
Will be back

Visited November 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great for ghost hunting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014

By far one of the creepiest places in England! Although very pretty and would be great for wedding photos, the building itself attracts ghost hunters from near and far due to its reputation for being haunted!

Visited February 2014
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Warwick, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“romantic ruin - excellent and richly informative tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

What could be more poignant than a formerly grand mansion, standing on a cliff, now partially demolished, abandoned and desolate? Gaping staircases you cannot climb; stone balconies you long to stand on to gaze at the view; empty windows you feel sure a shadowy figure should flit past.

Just such a gaunt mansion is Guy’s Cliffe House, our local romantic ruin, perched atop a cliff above the Avon, catching the imagination of all who pass by on the other side of the river.

Gothic stone tracery, an ornate balcony, evidence of a flambuoyant builder, remain to tantalize you. For one of those who occupied the house embellished it with Roman, classical, mediaeval and Gothic elements.

I'd like to see it made safe for people to enter and explore, and for new timber staircases and walkways to be constructed, so we could climb to those balconies and gaze at the view. And I’d like to see the original formal gardens restored so people can wander around in them and enjoy the romantic setting. For those formal gardens have vanished, overgrown by trees and shrubs.

I feel that Guy’s Cliffe House is a poignant illustration of what happens when wealthy property owners do not successfully pass on their property to an equally rich and prudent and competent heir. One developer/house-breaker deliberately demolished part of the Guy’s Cliffe House, then all the contents were auctioned off, and and accidental fire and neglect did the rest.

8 foot tall bamboo now crowds close to the cave in the cliff, where Guy of Warwick, in the tenth century, returned from the Holy Land and mysteriously chose to live for two years, rather than reuniting with his wife and child in the house above.

And next to the house, the lovely chapel of Mary Magdalene contains Guy’s figure in stone, representing him as 8 ft tall.

It’s like another world – untouched, just left as it is. So many windows. You feel somebody should appear in them.

We couldn’t fail to wonder and imagine as we took the guided tour around the house and grounds on 25 August 2013, guided by our host Adrian, with an excellent, fluent and richly informative talk.

If you’re in the area of Warwick then don’t forget to book a guided tour round Guy’s Cliffe after you’ve visited Warwick Castle!

Visited August 2013
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Historic, fascinating and slightly spooky!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

We visited on a Heritage Open Days weekend, having been interested in the history of the buiilding since we spotted it on a nearby walk. Not normally open to the pulic though group visits may be possible, the building is an unsafe ruin but the chapel is used by the Coventry Freemasons and has been restored. Historic records go back to the 15th century and beyond. A pity the funding is not available to restore/stabilise the mansion to enable public access to all areas.

Visited September 2013
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GCHDT, Events Organisor & Webmaster at Guy's Cliffe House, responded to this review, 15 September 2013
Thanks for your review and for your HOD visit. Regular tours of Guy's Cliffe House are available to book online via our website at: guyscliffehouse.co.uk plus we also run Paranormal Investigations & this year a Guy's Cliffe Christmas Dinner...
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