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The most venerable historic site here is Warwick Castle, which is positioned on the banks of the River Avon and looms over the town centre.
Dating back to medieval times, the castle is great for exploring, with its underground dungeon and battlements and towers. The plush stately home even offers its own accommodation with grand, four-poster-bedded hotel rooms and glamping sites.
Warwick’s compact old centre has been well preserved, with several superb historic monuments worth visiting. Most notable is the timber-framed Elizabethan-era Lord Leycester Hospital, St John’s House Museum (housed within a Jacobean mansion) and the Market Hall which traces the town’s history.
These three attractions are all within walkable distance from the Castle. In fact, strolling leisurely through the town centre is a pleasant experience which gives you a chance to browse through antique shops or stop for a cup of tea.
Warwick racecourse is another highlight. One of the oldest in the country, it entertains visitors with jump racing throughout the year.
Right by the racecourse is a 9-hole golf course which is popular with locals and tourists alike. The closest hotel to the racecourse is a mere 3-minute walk away: a charming B&B called The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel on Crompton Street.
Warwick hosts a packed calendar of events. July and August are the busiest months and include a folk festival, historic pageants, a chili food festival, a regatta, a bike race and even a Thai Festival with everything from delicious Thai food to Thai boxing.
Winters are also fun in Warwick, with carol concerts in the Castle and the grand Warwick Christmas Regency Ball. If you’re going to any of the events, search and book your accommodation via TravelSupermarket before your trip. This way, you know that you’re guaranteed a hotel room at a good rate.
Warwick is a mere 20 minutes’ away from Stratford-upon-Avon by car and yet it feels less touristy, making it an ideal place to rest your head after a day of travel. Warwick is also 6.5km (4 miles) from historic Kenilworth Castle where the longest siege in English history took place more than 750 years ago. The Castle is now maintained by English Heritage and is open to the public.
Warwick has a select range of places to eat from grand banqueting in historic houses to Spanish tapas bars and Thai restaurants. You can savour fresh seafood in gourmet restaurants or have a traditional fish and chip takeaway.
Plus, the town has a microbrewery offering award-winning handcrafted beers and ales. Most of the town’s best restaurants are in the old centre, a short walk from your hotel or B&B, so you can leave your car behind while you unwind in the evening.