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The Local Area: Highlights

Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford

Stratford-upon-AvonLink opens in a new window, a medieval market town on the banks of the River Avon has more than 800 years of history. Most famous for being Shakespeare's birthplaceLink opens in a new window and home to the Royal Shakespeare CompanyLink opens in a new window (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.

Warwick

The county town of Warwickshire is famous for its magnificent castleLink opens in a new window 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 WarwickLink opens in a new window.

Warwick

Kenilworth

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.

Leamington Spa

Royal Leamington SpaLink opens in a new window, 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.

Coventry

Nearby cities

The closest city to the University is Coventry, the UK's City of CultureLink opens in a new window for 2021 and is known for its 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 hereLink opens in a new window.

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 moreLink opens in a new window.

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 on Warwick campus with buses to Leamington, Kenilworth and Coventry.

There is also the option of sharing taxis and there are taxi ranks on campus. Ubers operate frequently on the Warwick campus too.


Central London

Discover the beautiful riverside of London with attractions and bars

Central London is only an hour's journey away by train 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 all that London has to offer. Here are a few suggestions:

Unique bars and views: Many London pubs have unique outdoor spaces to discover. Beer gardensLink opens in a new window and rooftopsLink opens in a new window are a great way to enjoy views and London vibes over a drink or bite to eat.

Outdoor Cinema: enjoy some classic films under the stars at one of the Rooftop Film ClubLink opens in a new window's venues.

Street markets: Grab your wallet on a Sunday morning and explore the eclectic Brick LaneLink opens in a new window, Portobello RoadLink opens in a new window, Borough MarketLink opens in a new window, Columbia RoadLink opens in a new window and much moreLink opens in a new window!

Food: pop-up food stalls, restaurants and bars set up all over London in the summer. If it’s a traditional afternoon teaLink opens in a new window or a top cheap eatLink opens in a new window you are looking for – London has an endless selection of great optionsLink opens in a new window 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 ParksLink opens in a new window 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 TourLink opens in a new window or a London Underground and Tube TourLink opens in a new window? There are plenty of unique opportunities that London has to offer.

Useful links:

www.timeout.com/londonLink opens in a new window
www.visitlondon.comLink opens in a new window
www.londontown.comLink opens in a new window
www.tfl.gov.ukLink opens in a new window
www.secret-london.co.ukLink opens in a new window

National Portrait GalleryLink opens in a new window

National Portrait Gallery

Leicester SquareLink opens in a new window

Leicester Square

Nelson's ColumnLink opens in a new window

Trafalgar Square

Piccadilly CircusLink opens in a new window

Piccadilly Circus

Houses of ParliamentLink opens in a new window

Houses of Parliament

Royal Courts of JusticeLink opens in a new window

Royal Courts of Justice

London Film MuseumLink opens in a new window

London Film Museum

The Royal Opera HouseLink opens in a new window

The Royal Opera House

London Transport MuseumLink opens in a new window

London Transport Museum

The Cartoon MuseumLink opens in a new window

The Cartoon Museum

The National GalleryLink opens in a new window

The National Gallery

The British MuseumLink opens in a new window

The British Museum

Millennium BridgeLink opens in a new window

Millennium Bridge

The London DungeonLink opens in a new window

The London Dungeon