The Local Area: Highlights
Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town on the banks of the River Avon has more than 800 years of history. Most famous for being Shakespeare's birthplace and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), you can enjoy boating on the river, lovely walks and enjoy many of the historic buildings as well as undertaking some shopping and enjoying the many cafes, bars and restaurants. This lovely town is under 30 minutes away from the Warwick campus so you should definitely pay a visit during your time with us.
The county town of Warwickshire is famous for its magnificent castle and historic charm. Full of independent shops and cafes, nice parks and historic buildings, it is well worth a visit. No visit would be complete without also visiting Warwick Castle, the castle's history started over 1,100 years ago when William the Conqueror ordered a wooden structure to be developed. Warwick Castle is now known as Britain's Ultimate Castle enjoyed by many visitors. Make sure to leave enough time to see the great shows and one of the world's largest working replica siege machines, the Trebuchet. Find out more about Warwick.
Kenilworth is a small town only a couple of miles from the Warwick campus, home to numerous shops, pubs and restaurants as well as Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden.
Royal Leamington Spa, set on the winding River Leam is known for its Regency architecture and broad boulevards. Great for eating out, walks in its lovely park and shopping, it's also home to some lively nightlife and very popular with Warwick students.
The closest city to the University is Coventry, the UK's city of culture for 2021 and known for it's cathedral ruins and Lady Godiva! Coventry is just a couple of miles away from the University and provides the closest main train station. Find out more here.
The University of Warwick is also a short train journey away Birmingham, England's 2nd largest city. You can expect festivals, theatres, sport, architectural gems, shopping and great eating out from this diverse and multicultural city. Find out more.
Getting around in the UK is very simple – there are regular buses and trains that can take you in every direction. There are train stations at Canley and Coventry and of course in Birmingham.
For local travel, there is also a bus interchange at the Warwick campus with busses to Leamington, Kenilworth and Coventry.
There is always the option to share taxis as well and there are taxi ranks on campus and Ubers operate frequently on the Warwick campus.
Central London is only an hour's journey away by train so very easy to access from Coventry Train Station. Of course we also include the visit to London in the middle weekend. July is a great time of year to take advantage of the best that London has to offer so here's a few suggestions:
Outdoor Cinema: enjoy some classic films under the stars at one of the Rooftop Film Club's venues.
Food: pop-up food stalls, restaurants and bars set up all over London in the summer. If it’s a traditional afternoon tea or a top cheap eat your looking for – London has an endless selection of great options to choose from.
Parks and Gardens: There is a large selection of beautiful gardens to visit during the summer months in London – with a total of 8 Royal Parks throughout the city.
Alternative things to do in London
If you're looking for something alternative to do whilst in London, why not try a City Bike Tour or a London Underground and Tube Tour? There are plenty of unique opportunities that London has to offer.