Warwick in Warwickshire... 10 miles from
Warwick is the home of very close friends, so we visit frequently, hence it is the second of our 10milesfrom locations! The county town of Warwickshire, Warwick means dwellings by the weir, and the River Avon runs through the town, as does the Grand Union canal. The Visitor Information Centre is in the Old court house, and a town map and town trail are available to let you wander the old streets and explore.
Best known for....
Warwick castle, dating from the 14th century, and an excellent day out, offering a wide variety of events and activities for all the family, including Birds of Prey flights, jousting shows and concerts at different times. Check for opening dates and times.
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Worth seeking out...
Lord Leycester Hospital is a medieval half-timbered courtyard building containing the Guildhall with lovely gardens, and still functions as a home for ex-servicemen. It has a well recommended café, the Bretheren’s Kitchen, which has been serving food for 500 years!
St Marys church is a landmark at the top of the town. At times, you can climb the spiral staircase in the Beauchamp tower for wonderful views. The path next to the church is Tink a Tank lane which is supposed to sound hollow due to a tunnel underground leading to the castle.
There are some interesting and pretty gardens in Warwick. Again, you must check opening hours.
The Mill Garden, next to the castle is a secret garden with lovely views.
Hill Close gardens are recently restored Victorian allotment gardens with original summerhouses which have been restored mainly by volunteers. A real hidden gem!
Guys Cliffe Walled Garden is also recently restored and worth a visit.
Museums in town include the St Johns Museum, the Warwickshire museum in the Market Hall and the Yeomanry museum.
Leamington Spa has an interesting Pump room museum, art gallery, and beautiful Jephson gardens alongside the river.
Stratford-upon-Avon is close by but will get it's own page!
Kenilworth is a pretty market town with a photogenic ruined castle and seasonal gardens – English Heritage.
The British Motor Museum at Gaydon is an amazing collection of vehicles, well displayed and well worth a visit! The tours are excellent!
Chedham’s Yard is a heritage site with demonstrations of Blacksmiths, wood turners etc.
Wellesbourne Wartime museum is a small, volunteer run museum with WW2 aircraft including a Vulcan. Both of these have limited opening hours, so do double check!
Compton Verney - art gallery, gardens, park and adventure playground
In addition to many of the things listed above, a few ideas for families are:
Coombe Abbey Park with lake, playpark and a Go Ape course.
St Nicholas park in Warwick has lots to do including pedalo hire in summer.
Quarry park has disc golf!
Walks and Nature Check maps and opening times first.
Recommended walks include:
Riverside walk from Warwick to Leamington Spa along the Mayors Path
Canal walk past Hatton locks flight of 21 locks
Saxon Mill and on to Milverton
Ryton Pools Country Park
Chesterton Windmill and site of Roman fort
This is a link to 3 great walks produced by Visit Warwick
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Market every Saturday
Folk Festival in July
History and Literary Festival in October
Coventry is hosting "City of Culture 2021" with lots of events planned
Lots of parking options, mostly paid. Campervans and smaller motorhomes can park in the daytime on some car parks, but buy 2 tickets if you take up more than one space.
Places to eat £ under £10pp ££ £10-20pp £££ over £20pp
Lots of great places to eat, so these are just our favourites and recommendations of friends! As usual, please check opening times, prices and current reviews.
Coffee cakes and Snacks
£ Bretheren’s Kitchen, Wylies Tea room, Pastelaria, Hatton Locks café,
The Chip Shed Fish and Chips
Paw Paw Chinese take away
££ The Art Kitchen, Aubergine- Middle Eastern, Piccolinos- Italian, Saxon Mill, Cape of Good Hope – by the canal, Old Coffee Tavern, Zetland Arms, New Bowling Green, Anchor Inn Leek Wootton
£££ La Mesa, The Stag at Offchurch, Tasca Dali Accommodation
Plentiful accommodation of all types in the area. Campers are well served in the area, and Warwick Racecourse has a club site.
We are campervan owners ourselves, and we ask you, please, if you visit the area in a campervan or motorhome, please only dispose of your rubbish, grey waste and toilet waste in proper, designated facilities. Doing anything else gets all campers a bad name, and will only result in it becoming harder for all of us to access lovely places. Leave only Footprints!