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The University of Warwick is located in the Midlands, at the centre of England, and has easy access to many sites of interest. The cities of Coventry and Birmingham are within easy reach, as are the towns of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Kenilworth, and Royal Leamington Spa.


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Coventry is the nearest city to the University of Warwick and it is famous for its cathedral and the story of Lady Godiva. Linked to the campus by a regular bus service, is a busy manufacturing city (Jaguar, the Peugeot Motor Company) with a population of 300,000.

Coventry and Warwickshire website

Further information about Coventry on the University's site


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Birmingham is the UK’s second city and birthplace of J. R. R. Tolkien, and is home of the multi-million pound Bullring development and the iconic Selfridges building. Its proximity to the University of Warwick and its good transport links with Coventry make it a suitable destination for shopping and nights out. Other attractions include the National Exhibition Centre (10 minutes by train from Coventry and one of the country's most popular concert venues), Symphony Hall (home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), and the National Indoor Arena. Birmingham International Airport is less than half an hour from campus.

Birmingham tourist and visitor information

Further information about Birmingham on the University's site


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Kenilworth is the nearest major town to the University of Warwick and is a peaceful town in Warwickshire, and Abbey Fields offer an open space to spend a sunny afternoon. Kenilworth Castle, built in 1120, is located on the outskirts of Kenilworth and has recently seen the re-opening of the Elizabethan Garden.

Kenilworth website

Further information about Kenilworth on the University's site

Royal Leamington Spa

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Royal Leamington Spa is a Regency town located approximately 8 miles from campus. It offers a wide choice of restuarants, cafes, and shops. Riverside public gardens bloom in the centre of town opposite the historic Pump Room, where Queen Victoria drank the natural spring waters with their health-giving minerals in the 19th century.

Royal Leamington Spa website

Further information about Royal Leamington Spa on the University's site


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The town of Warwick is very close to Royal Leamington Spa. The River Avon passes through the historic town, which contains a number of visitors’ attractions, including Warwick Castle, the Lord Leycester Hospital (not a medical hospital!), St. John's museum, the Market Hall, and more. Warwick Castle, which has played a crucial role in 1000 years of British history, overlooks the town. Standing on a site first fortified one thousand years ago, the famous Warwick Castle is the finest medieval fortress in the country set in 24 hectares of grounds and gardens. Visitors can enjoy re-enactments of battles and gain a flavour of life from centuries ago with the resident band of fully costumed actors.

Warwick tourist information

Further information about Warwick on the University's site


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Stratford-upon-Avon is famous the world over as the birthplace of Shakespeare and is located only 15 miles from campus. Stratford also offers you the chance to take a trip by canal barge or rowing boat on the River Avon, which flows through the centre of the town. Evenings may be spent sampling traditional British hospitality on one of Stratford's many pubs and restuarants, or settling down to watch a play at one of the three Royal Shakespeare Company's theatres. Visit Anne Hathway's cottage (where Shakespeare's wife once lived), take a trip along the River Avon, see Harvard House and the museum of British pewter, see the Stratford Armouries, or visit the nearby manor and art gallery of Compton Verney.

Stratford-upon-Avon website

Stratford-upon-Avon tourist information

Shakespeare's Country

Further information about Stratford-upon-Avon on the University's site

Further afield

See what life was like back in time at the Black Country Living Museum.

See the world's first bridge constructed from cast iron at Ironbridge (part of a World Heritage Site).

If planning to look around more of the country during your stay, the following web sites may also be of interest:

Visit Britain

Visit England

English Heritage (an organization that looks after historical sites)

National Trust (an organization that looks after historical sites and land)

Smartphone apps

Those with iOS and Android devices may be interested in the following apps:

English Heritage app

Photography by: Terry Lin