One of the most historic and magnificent towns in the UK, Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, and is situated on the River Avon. Warwick has many fine attractions, a magnificent castle, stunning parks and gardens, gift shops, antique centres and traditional tea rooms as well as trendy boutiques, art galleries and fine restaurants. The perfect place for a short break or longer stay, there are a large number of Warwick hotels from which to choose.
There are signs of settlement in Warwick as far back as the Neolithic period, and the area has had constant habitation since at least the sixth century. Warwick Castle was established in 1068 as part of the Norman conquest of England. A great fire in 1694 destroyed much of the old medieval town, but a number of older medieval timber-framed buildings did survive and still exist on the outskirts.
Things to do
A trip to Warwick is not complete without a visit to Britain's ultimate castle, Warwick Castle. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in a thousand years of amazing history, and with a huge line-up of interactive exhibits and live shows, there is always something to see. Highlights include a live bird of prey show, jousting tournaments, the sword in the stone show and the castle dungeon, a live actor experience that is sure to leave you chilled.
Back in the town, visit some of the stunning old buildings dotted around the area. The Lord Leycester Hospital never has been a medical building, surprisingly enough. Part of a historic group of timber-framed buildings dating from the late 14th century, the building was the home of Warwick’s medieval guilds for almost 200 years.
Learn about Warwick's history at St John's Museum, housed in a Jacobean mansion. The museum showcases local history collections, and galleries include a Victorian kitchen and schoolroom, displays on childhood, toys and games, costumes and an under-fives discovery room.
Guys Cliffe House is a ghost-hunter’s paradise, a truly spooky building surrounded in mystery, with caves, cellars, house ruins and even a Masonic Temple to investigate. You can either opt for the daytime history tour or an overnight ghost hunt, if you are feeling brave!
Food and drink
With Warwick being such a historic town, it isn't too difficult to find some classic eateries. There are many wonderful tea rooms and old pubs in which to stop and partake of some lunch.
Thomas Oken Tea Rooms is a quintessential English tea room within a beautiful timber-framed Tudor house, set against the wall of the fabulous Warwick Castle. Wylie's is another great tea room with friendly staff, a warm welcome and delicious food.
For some great pub grub, try Tom O'The Wood, a traditional English pub within a stone’s throw of the Grand Union Canal. This ancient pub is nestled in the tranquil village of Rowington, just seven miles from Warwick.
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