Warwickshire Travel Guide

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Introduction and Overview

The Warwickshire Travel Guide outlines a number of local attractions and places of interest for visitors. The area guide includes travel information on local events, facts & figures, entertainment, transport, maps and accommodation giving an insight in to the county.

The county is located in the West Midlands region and is known as Shakespeare's county. Shakespeare's home town of Stratford Upon Avon is an extremely popular destination for many tourists from around the world, with much to see and do for fans of the legendary literary figure.

Warwickshire has a number of attractions of interest to visitors, these include Warwick Castle, one of the best visited attractions in the UK. Other grand buildings include the impressive Kenilworth Castle, a grand medieval fortress.

Warwickshire has its fair share of manors and stately homes such as Baddesley Clinton, a great example of a moated medieval manor house in England. The house dates back to the 14th century, and has been altered little for hundreds of years, benefiting from panelled rooms, family portraits and come complete with a dramatic history.

The countryside of Warwickshire is in keeping with the romantic image of the best of rural England, with country lanes and villages along the way. It is a great county to tour around in with lots of interesting villages to discover each with its own distinct character.

Increasingly popular among visitors is to stay in local small hotels and family run accommodation to get a real feel of the local culture, customs and village life.

Warwick sits on the banks of the River Avon, much of the town was destroyed by fire back in 1694, though its famous castle remained. Warwick is noted for its fine historical buildings and most of the attractions of Warwick lie within a manageable radius meaning visitors can walk between them.

The historic town of Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire; the town is synonymous with its most famous attraction Warwick Castle.

The town has plenty of charm and character visitors can stroll around the market stalls, independent shops, enjoy the open spaces and parks of the surrounding countryside. Warwick has a rich tradition for events and festivals with a number of concerts, pantomimes, drams and literary festivals taking place in the town.

A visit to see the attractions and the castle can be undertaken in a day with the minimum of fuss.

The city of Coventry is located just over 10 miles north of Warwick, historically the city was in Warwickshire, boundary changes mean the city now falls in the West Midlands county. Coventry is surrounded by scenic Warwickshire countryside and offers a number of city attractions too.

The city is well known for its industries that include watch making, the ribbon industry and car manufacture. Local attractions in include Coventry Cathedral, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry Transport Museum, War Memorial Park and the Central Six Retail Park.

Leamington Spa became Royal Leamington Spa after Queen Victoria came to the town back in 1838 and has remained a popular destination for tourists ever since. Leamington is located close to the centre of England, at Lillington, there is a tree called the Midland Oak, to the north-east of the town. There is a plaque proclaiming that the tree marks the very centre of the country.

The town’s mineral waters were first discovered in 1586, but the Royal Pump Room and Baths were not opened until 1814. Currently the Pump Room houses the Town's Art Gallery & Museum, the Royal Spa Centre is a theatre for the arts and Library and Tourist Information Centre.

The charming spa town is noted for its Victorian and Georgian architecture, tree lined avenues and scenic gardens. The town is a favourite among shoppers with a choice of smaller independent shops and larger stores including everything from quaint small shops to boutiques to well known high street names.

Nuneaton is situated on the edges of the Warwickshire coalfields, the industries in the town have been ribbon weaving, engineering and mining. Nuneaton grew at a fast pace due to its large textile industry. The Rope Walk Shopping Centre offers shoppers a wide range of shops to enjoy.

The Nuneaton Carnival Procession & Gala is Warwickshire's largest Carnival and takes place on the third Saturday of June. It is full of fun and worth a visit should you be visiting then.

Kenilworth is a market town located 5 miles north of Warwick. Local attractions include the famous Kenilworth Castle, the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey located in Abbey Fields Park and St Nicolas’ Church. The town hosts a number of activities and events throughout the year.

Stratford-Upon-Avon has a historic mix of heritage, culture and drama and is synonymous around the world as Shakespeare’s home town. The internationally famous town attracts many visitors from around the world. Located on the River Avon, the town has some wonderful scenery and inspiring backdrops making Stratford-upon-Avon, an attractive destination.

Visitors can explore the five houses with connections to Shakespeare such as Anne Hathaway’s Cottage to get an insight in to his life, the town is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Shakespeare, among the most prominent cultural venues in the UK.

Visitors can then enjoy some of his renowned works performed throughout the year performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which has two theatres in Stratford. There are also other attractions in the town, you can venture out on a boat on the River Avon.

To explore the local area the sightseeing buses allow you to via hop-on and hop-off, there are also historic houses in the area. There are many types of shops in Stratford from boutiques to a farmers and craft market. If you enjoy exploring and looking for different types of gifts, you are sure to find something here.

The county of Warwickshire is synonymous with Shakespeare and the famous town of Stratford Upon Avon is a mecca for tourists from around the world who flock to see the indelible mark Shakespeare has left. Other popular tourist draws also reside in the county including Warwick Castle and Kenilworth Castle.

There are great examples of fine historical architecture in the county and this helps retain much to the heritage of the area. The Midland location of the county and the road and rail links mean it is located conveniently for visitors to come and enjoy its attractions.

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