The historic, medieval town of Warwick is probably best known for its fabulous Castle.
The town is situated just north of Motorway M42, Junction 15 and is some 11 miles (17 kms) south of the cathedral city of Coventry
and four miles (6.4 kms) south of Kenilworth
. It is approximately 2.5 miles (4 kms) west of Royal Leamington Spa
Warwick can trace its roots back to 914 AD when Ethelfleda (daughter of Alfred the Great) established a defensive settlement on the River Avon.
Remnants of Town Walls
In medieval times, Warwick was transformed into a ‘walled town’. Remnants of the walls can be seen at the East and West gatehouses. The east gatehouse is now incorporated as part of the King’s High School.
Warwick's Great Fire of 1694
A disaster befell the town in 1694 when a great fire destroyed much of it.
The story is, during the fire the townspeople were allowed to take their furniture and other belongings into the medieval Collegiate Church of St Mary
However it appears that unfortunately, some smouldering items were brought into the church setting it on fire as well. Much of the medieval church was burnt, although both the Chancel and Beauchamp Chapel
(pronounced Beecham) survived.
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Castle Street's Tea Rooms & Restaurants
A walk through the narrow streets that lead from Warwick Castle
, up Castle Lane will take the visitor to quaint Castle Street
with its group of timber framed buildings huddled around Oken’s House. This beautifully preserved small street has ‘Tea Rooms’, restaurants and other visitor orientated buildings. For the photographer, there is a beautifully framed view of the Collegiate Church of St Mary
On the corner of Castle Street
and High Street
is the 17th
century Aylesford Hotel. The building was originally a fine Town House. On turning out of Castle Street
into the High Street
and down a block or so are the medieval Lord Leycester Hospital
and the Queen's Own Hussars Museum
. There is also the 14th
century Chantry Chapel built over the West Gate by Thomas Beauchamp, 12th
Earl of Warwick
The short historic Smith Street is the oldest shopping street in Warwick and definitely worth a stroll.
Warwick Tourist Information Centre
can be found in The Court House, 21 Jury Street, Warwick
Heart of Warwickshire Sightseeing Tours
- By Car
Take M40 Motorway and exit at junction 15 to A429 to Warwick town centre
- By Coach
- By Local Bus
- By Mainline Rail from London
From London Marylebone (MYB) to Warwick Central Railwqay Station (WRW).
The WRW is centrally situated, only a ten minutes walk from Warwick Castle and the town centre. Approximately hourly service with a journey time of about 1 hour 40 minutes – This is the quickest train route from London.
Warwick Parkway Railway Station is situated about 1½ mile (2.4 km) from Warwick town centre.
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