Warwick

The county town of Warwick is famed for its historic buildings and castle and as a favoured UK home for international businesses. Located on the River Avon, the eastern side of the town merges with the town of Leamington Spa, whilst to the west of Warwick lies open countryside and the attractive villages of Claverdon, Preston Bagot and Wootton Wawen and the market town of Henley-in-Arden. To the north are Leek Wootton and Kenilworth, whilst due south of the town lies Wellesborne with Stratford-upon-Avon to the south-west.

There are two stations in Warwick from which it takes around one hour and a half to reach London Marylebone – the main station in the town is just north of the centre, whilst Warwick Parkway is located to the west of the centre of town and is useful for commuters based in the rural area that surround Warwick. From the Warwick stations it is a journey of around forty minutes to the centre of Birmingham.

The M40 runs a few minutes’ drive from the town which runs all the way to London and passes Banbury and Oxford. The A46 Warwick Bypass heads north from the town to Coventry and runs south to join the Fosse Way and takes motorists to the picturesque Cotswolds area.

The history of Warwick is believed to extend all the way back to the Stone Age. During the 10th century it became a fortified town to defend against the Danes who occupied northern England. The castle was founded by William the Conqueror and today is known as one of the finest defensive castles in the world. In the medieval era the earls of Warwick were amongst the most powerful in the kingdom and possessed the strength to make or break kings. Today there are many historic buildings still standing in the town including the Eastgate and Westgate, St Mary’s Church, the timber-framed Lord Leycester Hospital, the Baroque town hall, Neoclassical buildings on Northgate Street, and handsome Regency houses on the High Street.

To the north of the historic centre are 20th century residential developments and modern homes. South of the town are industrial areas and business parks – Warwick is home to the UK headquarters of IBM, Volvo, Calor Gas, and the National Grid. The town is also home to the historic independent Warwick School for boys and the King’s High School for girls, along with Myton and Aylesford state schools.

Warwick Racecourse holds meets throughout the year and is a few minutes’ walk from the station. There are also cricket, hockey, and football clubs based in the town, and music events that range from the classical to contemporary are held both outdoors and inside many of the historic buildings.

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