Warwick (pronounced "WORR-ick") is the historic county town of the English county of Warwickshire, situated on the River Avon and probably best known for its imposing and well-preserved medieval castle and other relics of the past within the town. Population 26,000.
Warwick was founded in 914.
Birmingham International Airport (IATA: BHX), is larger and not too far away and serves the region with frequent domestic and international flights. There are several direct arrivals a day from all major UK and European destinations, and one or two from more far-flung places such as Delhi, Dubai (twice daily), Islamabad, Luxor, New York and Toronto.
Warwick is approximately a 2 hr drive north-west of London on the M40 (Junction 13). Watch for signs taking you off the motorway to the town and castle.
A train service is operated to Warwick from London (Marylebone) and Birmingham (Snow Hill and Moor Street stations) by Chiltern Railways . NB: It is important that you get off the train at Warwick station, not Warwick Parkway station. During the daytime, there are normally two trains per hour on weekdays.
Long distance cross-country trains, operated by Cross Country Trains serve the neighbouring town of Leamington Spa.
- Warwick Castle. Open daily October–March 10am-5pm, April–September 10am-6pm, closed Christmas Day only, last admission 1/2 hr before closing; complicated seasonal pricing plan: adults £12.95 - £16.95, child £7.95 - £8.95, family £34 - £45; senior and student concessions available; car parking £2.50 - £5. - one of the premier tourist attractions of the country, the former medieval fortress of Warwick Castle is now run by Madame Tussauds (of London Waxworks Museum fame), with effective reconstructions of life in the castle through the centuries. Don't forget to visit the haunted tower and the dungeon!
- Lord Leycester Hospital, High Street., ☎ +44 1926 491422. Tue-Sun 10:00-16.30. A retirememt home for ex-servicemen, in a historic set of timber-framed buildings dating mainly from the late 14th Century, with a 12th century chapel. It has never been a hospital in the modern medical sense of the word, but somewhere offering hospitality. £4.90.
- Collegiate Church of St Mary, ☎ +44 1926 403940. Old Square. Noted for its medieval Beauchamp chapel, burial place of the earls of Warwick, the remnant of the Great Fire which destroyed much of Warwick in 1694.
- Warwickshire Museum, Market Place
- St John's House Museum
Warwick is also well known for Warwick Racecourse, located near the west gate of the medieval town.