Discovery Days Primarily allocated to the 2nd Thursday of the month, but can be subject to change If you have a suggestion you would like to make for a future discovery day please contact the Discovery committee.



Thursday 9th May 2019

The Lord Lycester Hospital and The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick

What we will see

A guided tour ofThe Lord Lycester Hospital -a historic group of medieval timber-framed buildings on Warwick High Street dating mainly from the late 14th Century. Of historic significance, they represent one of the finest examples in Britain of medieval courtyard architecture. Clustered round the Norman gateway into the town, the 12th Century Chantry Chapel sits above it. In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I the buildings became, under the patronageof Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a place of retirement for old warriors who had fought in the Elizabethan era wars. These soldiers are known to this day as the Brethren and with the Master, still live within the walls of the building. Master and Brethren are a living legacy of almost 450 years of history. Every morning they meet in the Chapel and pray together the words written by their founder Robert Dudley. You can often see the Brethren in ceremonial uniform as they give tours through the buildingsand gardens.

A guided tour of St Mary –the Churchenshrines much of the history of England, and has great architectural beauty and significance.The Church dominates the overall view of the centre of Warwick with its imposing tower, rebuilt along with much of the church in 1704 by Sir William Wilson after the Great Fire of Warwick. There has been a church on the site since Saxon times, but the saxon church was rebuilt by Roger de Newburgh in 1123. However, the magnificent mediaeval Beauchamp Chapel escaped the devastating fire of 1694 and houses the tombs of past Earls of Warwick including Richard Beauchamp’s tomb described in Simon Jenkin’s book ‘England’s 1000 Best Churches’ as “one of the masterpieces of medieval art” and was awarded a 5-star rating.St Mary’s also contains The Chapel of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment and Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery’s garter banner hangs outside the Chapel. There is also the Norman Crypt dating back to 1123 AD and contains one of only 2 remaining ducking stools in England.

Lunch is not included in this discovery day.Between tours please make your own arrangements


The Lord Lycester Hospital is a medieval building and unsuitable for disabled and wheelchair access.At St Mary’s-wheelchair access is provided to the main Nave, Shop and Regimental Chapel only.Some areas of the Church maybedimly lit, much of the Church floor and steps are uneven, there are steep steps to the crypt and low doorway access to some areas.

Where to meet


Outside the entrance to Lord Leycester Hospital, 60 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4BHThen in the afternoon –Outside the entrance to the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Old Square, Warwick, CV34 4RA




The 1.5hour tour of The Lord Lycester Hospital starts at 10.30 a.m.
Please arrive no later than 10.15 a.m. ready for the tour start.

The approximately 1hour tour of The Collegiate Church of St Mary starts at 1.45 p.m.
Please arrive no later than 1.30a.m. ready for the tour start.



Wear suitable shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather on the day.

Car Parking &Transport Warwick has a variety of parking with a multi-storey carpark, various smaller carparks, and paid street parking around the town centre.If you need any assistance getting to this event –please call Paul 
Cost £11.50
Payment Payment instructions will follow with booking confirmation.Please ensure your place is booked before any payment is made.
Booking Book by email to 
Should you not have access to email please contact Paul Boon 
The closing date for booking is 25thApril 2019