Warwick (England)

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 Castle
Warwick Castle painted by Canaletto in 1751
Plan of the castle

Understand

Warwick was founded in 914.

Get in

By air

Coventry Airport (IATA: CVT) is about 10 miles / 20 minutes journey by car, though was closed to commercial traffic in December 2009.

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.

By road

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.

By train

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.

See

Do

Warwick is also well known for Warwick Racecourse, located near the west gate of the medieval town.

Go next

Warwick is a prime jumping off point for visits to nearby Kenilworth, Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon.

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