Nuneaton is a large town in north Warwickshire close to the county border with Leicestershire. The town was made famous in the 19th century for its connection to the great author George Eliot, who was born and lived locally. The residents of the town enjoy excellent motorway links, schools and shopping opportunities.
The town lies directly north of Coventry by around nine miles, with the Leicestershire town of Hinckley to the north-east. Heading eastwards from the Nuneaton is the countryside of south Leicestershire and twenty miles to the west is the major city of Birmingham. Between Birmingham and Nuneaton are villages such as Fillongley, Nether Whitacre, and Ansley. To the immediate south of Nuneaton is the town of Bedworth. Other nearby towns include Atherstone and Lutterworth.
Nuneaton lies on the A444 that runs from Coventry in the south t Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire in the north. The A5 runs just to the north of the town and provides access to Rugby, Lutterworth and the M1 in the south, and towards Tamworth to the north-west of Nuneaton. The M6 runs south of Nuneaton – taking the A444 south brings motorists to Junction 3 in just a few minutes. From Junction 3 the M6 heads west all the way to the centre of Birmingham and in the opposite direction joins the M1 at Catthorpe. The M69 also runs close to Nuneaton on the eastern side of the town and runs to Leicester.
The town was mentioned in Domesday Book in 1086 as a small village and was originally known as Etone. The town grew around a nunnery from the 12th century, hence the name of Nuneaton, which was destroyed with the Dissolution of the Monasteries. From the 17th century Nuneaton grew as the Warwickshire coalfield upon which the town stands was increasingly exploited.
Nuneaton today is popular amongst commuters working in Coventry and Birmingham. Nuneaton Railway Station is just north of the town centre – connections to Birmingham New Street take around 30 minutes, to Rugby take 15 minutes, to Leicester the journey is around 20 minutes and south to Coventry is also 20 minutes from Nuneaton.
There are major businesses within the town including the headquarters of Holland and Barrett, and several online marketplace companies have large distribution bases in the town. There are two major shopping centres in Nuneaton – the Abbeygate Centre in the middle of the town and the modern Ropewalk Centre on the south side of the A444 ring road.
There are many primary and secondary schools in Nuneaton including the Nuneaton Academy, Etone College, and the King Edward VI College. There are three leisure complexes in the town, several rugby clubs, a cricket club that plays in the Warwickshire Premier League, and two football clubs, one of which plays in the Conference.