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Early modern and eighteenth century places to visit and things to do close to Warwick

Whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate, postdoc or a visitor, you might like to consider seeing or doing some of the places and things listed on this page.

Coventry History Centre - contains lots of local archives

The Weaver's House, Coventry, restored to show how it looked in 1540

Stoneleigh Abbey - built on the site of a dissolved abbey, this is an eighteenth century house that has associations with Jane Austen

Kenilworth Castle - parts of the castle were rebuilt by Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, to entertain Queen Elizabeth

Warwick - much of the town is of historical interest but particulary notable are:

  • Warwick Castle - privately run; the family papers are in the Warwickshire Record Office, along with many other local archives
  • The Lord Leycester Hospital - a late C14th building converted by Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester to cater for soldiers in the sixteenth century.
  • St Mary's Church contains the tombs of Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, and Fulke Greville who was an Elizabethan polymath. The church tower was rebuilt after a fire that destroyed much of the town in 1694.
  • Warwick Words History Festival runs in the first week of term (with tea-time talks up to Christmas) and often has talks about early modern themes, including ones by our own faculty

Stratford is home to :

Birmingham has

pictures courtesy of English Heritage showing Kenilworth Castle: