The county town of Warwickshire’ is famous for its magnificent castle and historic charm. Located near the River Avon, 11 miles south of Coventry. It has a modest population of just over 30,000 and is well known for its beauty and history.
Warwick Castle was built during the Norman conquest of England. The earldom of Warwick, created in 1088, built town walls, of which Eastgate and Westgate survive. The castle grew into a fortress, then a country house.
The Great Fire of Warwick in 1694 destroyed much of the medieval town. A few structures remain and many have been lovingly preserved.
Unlike other Midlands towns, Warwick was largely untouched by the Industrial Revolution. As such, it retains the feeling of a small, country town.
Warwick has a modest literary claim to fame. The current and historic Norman style of Warwick inspired two locations in The Lord of the Rings (Edoras and Minas Tirith respectively). J.R.R. Tolkien was married in Warwick, so the town held special significance for him.
The heart of Warwick is in its Market Place. Here, visitors will find cafés, pubs and shops and a thriving Saturday market. Just off the Market Place is Swan Street, the town’s busiest shopping street.
There are many attractions and museums to visit in Warwick as well as beautiful parks and gardens and charming buildings of outstanding quality from every period from the last 1,100 years.
Warwick boasts a variety of natural and landscaped gardens. These include Victorian Hill Close Gardens and Mill Garden to the public spaces of Priory Park, St Nicholas Park and the Pageant Garden.
Leycester Hospital can be found by the city’s West Gate. These timber-framed buildings date back to the 14th century and provide a tranquil and historic atmosphere. The Collegiate Church of St Mary has a tower with city views and a Norman crypt.
Visitors can enjoy a calendar of diverse and exciting events throughout the year, including the popular Folk Festival, Beer Festival, Thai Festival and Literary Festivals, as well as Retro Warwick and the renowned Victorian Evening.
It is also a great place to stay if you want to explore the countryside in Warwickshire or travel the River Avon. You can get to Warwick by taking the M40 between London and Birmingham, or the train via Reading and Leamington Spa.