Warwick (England)Warwick (pronounced "WORR-ick") is the historic county town of the English county of Warwickshire, standing on the River Avon. Its chief landmark is the well-preserved medieval castle.
Birmingham Airport (BHX) has a wide range of domestic and European flights. Intercontinental destinations include Istanbul, Newark (New Jersey, USA), the Gulf States, Amritsar and Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. By train from the airport to Warwick takes about an hour, changing either in Birmingham or Leamington Spa.
Direct trains run between Warwick and London Marylebone (90 mins), Birmingham Snow Hill and Moor Street stations (30 mins), and Stratford-upon-Avon (30 mins), all operated by Chiltern Railways . Other long distance services involve changing in Birmingham or Leamington Spa.
Warwick station is central and near the main sights. Don't get off at Warwick Parkway two miles west: it's handy for the cemetery and for motorists on the bypass A46, but not for much else.
Warwick is a 2 hr drive north-west from London on the M40. The usual approach for the castle and centre is to exit at Junction 13 and follow A425 north to town.
National Express coaches run to London Victoria (3 hr 30 min), and via Stratford-upon-Avon, Bristol and Exeter to Torquay.
address: CV34 6AHMedieval fortress, now part of Merlin Entertainments, who also run Madame Tussauds, Alton Towers, Legoland, Chessington, Blackpool Tower . . . so whether your heart sinks or soars at this corporate portfolio will tell you whether their concept of life in Warwick Castle is for you. Extra charges for the haunted tower and dungeon, where medieval unfortunates were trapped, too poor to exit through the gift shop.
phone: +44 1926 491422address: High Street CV34 4BH"Hospital" here means hospitality, shelter or hospice. The oldest parts are Norman, but since Elizabethan times it's been - and remains - a retirement home for ex-servicemen. Charming set of 14th C timber-framed buildings, the main areas being the Guildhall, Brethrens' Kitchen, and Knot Garden.
Collegiate Church of St Maryphone: +44 1926 403940address: Old Square CV34 4RAFounded in the 12th C; the fine 14th C Beauchamp chapel is the burial place of the Earls of Warwick. The Nave and Tower were rebuilt 17th C after the Great Fire.
address: Market Place CV34 4SAEarly life in the city and surrounding country.
address: St Johns CV34 4NFSet in a Jacobean mansion, this is only open school holidays - term time it's booked out for school use. It covers Victorian life, and incorporates the museum of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment of Fusiliers.
phone: +44 1494 718773address: Chesterton CV33 9LGThis striking castle of a church was founded in the 11th century and restored in the 19th century. It used to serve the village of Chesterton, but the population died or fled when the plague hit in the 13th century.
address: Banbury Road, Gaydon CV35 0BJWorld's largest collection of historic British cars.
address: Hampton Street, CV34 6HNThis is nowadays a National Hunt course ie "steeple-chasing" or jumps / hurdles, with regular race meetings during winter. Flat racing is no longer held here. The racecourse is at the west edge of town centre.
phone: +44 1926 499968address: 27 Lakin Rd CV34 5BUA genial place with its own "Slaughterhouse" micro-brewery. A wide range of home-brewed and other ales are on offer. Compact and cosy, can feel "snug" ie crowded. limited menu of food but the pies are good.
phone: +44 871 902 1633address: Stratford Rd, CV34 6TW
phone: +44 1926 492759address: 17 High St, CV34 4AT