Warwick is a world renowned medieval town on the northern edges of Banburyshire. Famous for it’s magnificent castle, Warwick boasts beautiful open countryside, riverside settings, parks and gardens. It was recently named one of the best places to visit in Europe by the Lonely Planet guide!
A small but perfectly formed town, Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire and lies close to Stratford-upon-Avon, Coventry and Royal Leamington Spa.
You’ll find an exciting mix of the old and the new; history and legend side-by-side with a fresh outlook in the town’s offerings. You’ll also find vibrant independent businesses such as traditional English tea rooms, gift shops, fashion, antique centres, art galleries and fine dining restaurants. Head to the centre of town, the Market Place which has a well known at the weekend. Swan Street and Smith Street (the oldest street in Warwick) have a lot of interesting shops, pubs and restaurants to check out.
Here’s what you can expect to find in Warwick and it’s surrounding area…
The main draw(bridge?) is undoubtedly Warwick Castle, the majestic medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. It’s the perfect place for families to visit, with many events and educational activities taking place across the year. Run by Merlin Entertainment Group, they even provide accommodation with Warwick Castle Breaks.
Other Things To Do In Warwick:
- The Mill Garden
- Warwickshire Museum
- Thai Festival (held in the summer)
- Lord Leycester Hospital
- Charlecote Park
- Guy’s Cliffe
- St. John’s House Museum
- Warwick Racecourse
- Warwick Market
How To Get There:
From Banbury, take the B4100 ‘Warwick Road’ north, past Hanwell, Warmington and Gaydon. By the M40 it turns to the A452 which you continue on until the town centre.
You can also travel effortlessly on the M40 motorway; Warwick is off junction 13. It takes round 25-35 minutes by car depending on traffic.
To travel via Banbury station would require using the Chiltern Railways service north to Warwick. There are many services throughout the day as it is only two stops away. Please note that there are two services; one direct (takes around 21 minutes) and one that requires changing at Leamington Spa (takes around 34 minutes). Also, there is another stop before Warwick called Warwick Parkway which is on the edges of the town. This is mainly used by commuters.
Standard class ticket prices start from £8.20 per person.
National Express run service 319 from Banbury Bus Station to the centre of Warwick. It also stops at Leamington Spa so takes round 50 minutes depending on traffic.
Prices are around £6 per person. You may need to book in advance.
Check the local tour guides that offer inclusive trips to specific tourist destinations.