From highly rated spas and hotels offering top-notch creature comforts to long-abandoned mansions that may be haunted, here are the top 23 tourist attractions in Warwick.

Whether you’re a tourist looking to experience old-time England, or you’re in town on business, or just planning a family day out, Warwick has something for you.

Here’s the Experimental Escape roundup of the 23 top tourist attractions in Warwick.

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    A brief look at Warwick

    If you’d rather skip the history lesson, you can go straight for theWarwick tourist attractions.

    History reveals that Warwick started out as a burh (fortress) built by Alfred The Great (some suggest they were actually built by Alfred’s sister Æthelflæd) in 914 AD to repel foreign invasions.

    Later on, William the Conqueror built Warwick Castle (which we shall take a look at in a little bit), and the town of Warwick slowly started to develop.

    However, as old as Warwick may be, you’re not likely to be able to see a lot of those oldest buildings, since Warwick had to face the…

    Great Warwick Fire of 1694

    Can you imagine a single spark setting off a fire that went on for 6 hours?
    The Great Warwick Fire of 1694. Image courtesy https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/

    It is said that a single spark from a torch sparked this fire on September 5th, 1694.

    It rapidly spiralled out of control, and developed into a massive conflagration that enveloped almost the entire town, and kept burning for 6 hours.

    Most of the Warwick that you will see on your Warwick trip would be Warwick as it was rebuilt after the fire...and developed thereon.

    Did you know?

    Warwick was made an ‘Earldom’ in 1088. Richard Neville, the 16th Earl of Warwick was called The Kingmaker because of his role in deposing not one but two monarchs of England.

    Castles in Warwick

    Given its beginning as a fortress to repel foreign invasions, its status as an Earldom, and its extensive role in English political history, it should come as no surprise that Warwick has a famous castle of its own - Warwick Castle - with its own share of attractions.

    Warwick Castle

    You may take an entire day to take in the majesty of Warwick Castle!
    An aerial view of Warwick Castle. Image courtesy https://www.warwick-castle.com/.

    Originally built as a wooden fortress by William the Conqueror in 1068, the stone castle you will see today was built in the 12th century.

    Even though the castle would become primarily a country house in later years, some of the finest examples of 14th century military architecture can still be seen today.

    Machicolation

    Two prominent towers in the castle - Caesar’s Tower and Guy’s Tower - are machicolated.

    Visualize machicolations as floor-level apertures on an outer wall of a fortress.

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    This is a good example of old English military architecture.
    An example of machicolation. Image courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/ (Continentaleurope).

    These apertures would be used by the defenders to hurl stones, boiling oil, or whatever else, on attackers massed up at the fortress walls outside.

    The Castle Garden

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    A view of the spectacular Warwick Castle Garden. Image courtesy https://www.trover.com/ (Melanie Hartshorn).

    Spread out over 64 acres, the Warwick Castle Garden is a vision of beauty.

    It includes a small island, a conservatory, and a peacock garden.

    The gardens were designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, one of England’s best landscape designers.

    Website: https://www.warwick-castle.com/explore/castle/attractions/castle-exteriors/gardens/

    The Castle Dungeon

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    A reenactment in progress at Warwick Castle dungeon. Image courtesy https://www.warwick-castle.com/.

    A whole range of re-enactments take place at the Castle Dungeons regularly.

    There are a few restrictions on who can visit the dungeon, however. You should refer to their website before planning your visit.

    Website: https://www.warwick-castle.com/explore/castle/attractions/the-castle-dungeon/

    Activities at Warwick Castle

    From castle tours to Easter hunts to special enactments of jousts and what not - a whole range of activities await you at Warwick Castle, at various times of the year.

    Did you know?

    Warwick Castle was featured in an episode of Most Haunted (Season 8, Episode 2).

    Website: https://www.warwick-castle.com/

    Address: Warwick CV34 4QU, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: Every day of the week, 10am to 4pm.

    Entry: Tickets start at £12 for one adult and one toddler (under 5). Ticket prices vary according to which activity/activities you want to experience.

    How you can get there

    It’s a 10-15 minute walk/short drive from Warwick Station.

    One final word on Warwick Castle: Does this castle tickle your interest? If it does, keep watching this blog. We will come out with a detailed post on things to do in Warwick Castle soon!

    The Old Shire Hall Dungeon

    Dare you drop in?
    An inside view of the dungeon. Image courtesy https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/.

    Home to the Warwick Assizes in the old days, the Old Shire Hall was used by Her Majesty’s Court Service till 2010.

    It mainly comprises thoroughly modern facilities such as a Great Hall, a Judges’ Hall, a High Sheriff’s Room, and cells.

    In 2018, however considerably less modern (and less hospitable) dungeons beneath the Shire Hall were opened to the public.

    Planning business conferences

    If you’re thinking of planning a corporate team building event, the best choice would be Warwickshire’s premier escape room.

    However, if you need to organize a business conference in Warwick, you can consider The Old Shire Hall as a venue.

    Website: https://www.theoldshirehall.co.uk/

    Address: 5-9 Northgate St, Warwick CV34 4SP, United Kingdom.

    How you can get there

    Exit Warwick Castle via Castle Lane, which leads to Castle Street, and then Church Street. Follow Church Street till you get where Northgate Street branches off, and it’s one or two minutes up Northgate Street.

    Museums in Warwick

    Yearning to learn about the days of yore, and broaden your horizons about all things Warwick?

    Then you best visit one of the museums in Warwick!

    The Warwickshire Museum

    Things to check out at The Warwickshire Museum:

    If you’re a tourist, you probably will only have the time to explore their collection, and maybe participate in one of their special events.

    On the other hand, if you live in or near Warwick, the workshops and activities can prove a Godsend when it’s your turn to organize the kids’ sleepover, or a school trip.

    Website: http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/museum-service/

     

    Now, riddle me this - how many museums do you think The Warwickshire Museum is?

    One? Nope.

    It’s actually two separate museums - Market Hall Museum, and St John’s House Museum.

    Market Hall Museum

    The Market Hall Museum is operated by Heritage and Culture Warwickshire.
    The facade of the Market Hall Museum. Image courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/.

    The Market Hall was built centuries ago, as a place where tradesmen from the town market could gather at times of bad weather.

    It’s a fascinating place to visit if you’re interested in archaeology, geology, or social and natural history.

    Some of the exhibits you must check out are:

    The Warwickshire Bear - a real full-sized stuffed bear, posed as standing on its hind legs, leaning on a rough wooden staff. This image is associated with the Earldom of Warwick. Keep an eye out for this sign as you traverse the roads of Warwick.

    Oisin the Deer - The full skeleton of a Giant Irish Deer on the ground floor of the museum is a top draw.

    The Sheldon Tapestry - This is the only fully surviving one of a group of 121 tapestries commissioned by Ralph Sheldon. It’s a massive - from ceiling to floor - map of Warwickshire.

    The Spicer Family tribute - A tribute to one of Britain’s most famous taxidermists.

    Website: http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/museum-service/market-hall-planning-your-visit/

    Address: Market Hall, Market Pl, Warwick CV34 4NS, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: Tuesday through to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Sunday and Monday closed.

    Entry: General entry to the museum is free.

    How you can get there

    On Church Street, just beyond where Northgate Street branches off, a turn left brings you to New Street, which leads to Market Pl.

    From Warwick Station, it’s a 10 minute drive via the A429.

    St John’s House Museum

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    St John's Museum in Warwick. Image courtesy http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/.

    A 10 minute walk from Market Hall Museum is St John’s House Museum, the other half of The Warwick Museum.

    Originally established as The Hospital of St John The Baptist, the St John’s House building has been used over the years as a:

    • Private residence
    • Boys’ school
    • Girls’ school
    • Artists’ studio
    • Command post for certain elements of the British Army

    Before becoming a museum in 1960.

    One of the most popular exhibits in St John’s Museum is a life-size replica of a Victorian kitchen and classroom, complete with benches, blackboards, charts, and diagrams as they would have been during those times.

    Another top exhibit is an entire floor dedicated to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. You can think of it as a museum on the regiment.

    The grounds of the museum have been developed as St John's Brook Gardens, featuring aspects of natural history. You may be able to enjoy a picnic here.

    Website: http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/museum-service/st-johns-house-museum-planning-your-visit/

    Address: St Johns, Warwick CV34 4NF, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: Tuesday through to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Sunday and Monday closed.

    Entry: Free.

    How you can get there

    It’s a 5 minute walk from Warwick Station via Station Road and the A429.

     

    If you’re getting a bit tired of exhibits and museums, and you want to sit somewhere and relax, you should skip ahead.

    On the other hand, if you’re interested in military history, keep reading.

    Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum

    Visit the museum, and you may almost be able to hear muskets firing and canons roaring.
    Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum in Warwick. Image courtesy https://artuk.org/.

    The Warwickshire Yeomanry served as a yeomanry regiment for the British Army from 1794 to 1956.

    Yeomanry regiments typically referred to volunteer regiments raised from land-owning farmers called...yeomen, of all things.

    The museum’s collection of uniforms, weapons, medals and memorabilia is fascinating, especially for those with an interest in Britain’s military history.

    Website: https://www.warwickshire-yeomanry-museum.co.uk/

    Address: The Court House, Jury Street, Warwick CV34 4EW, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. For other days, or to visit at other times, you need to get in touch with them on their website.

    Entry: Free.

    How you can get there

    Further up St John’s House on the A429 is Jury Street, which is where the Yeomanry Museum. It’s just ahead of the town council.

    It’s a 15 minute walk/5 minute drive from Warwick Station.

    Parks and gardens in Warwick

    Fancy a walk?

    A quiet sit-down, breathing in fresh, natural air, and taking in spectacular views?

    Or, perhaps, you want to get some physical activity.

    Whatever it be, you’re sure to find Warwick’s parks and gardens a fit.

    St Nicholas’ Park

    Can you see yourself basking in the sun, and enjoying the natural splendour?
    A view of St Nicholas' Park, Warwick. Image courtesy https://www.flickr.com/ (Tony Worrall)

    Almost next to St John’s House lies St Nicholas’ Park, otherwise known as ‘St Nick’s’.

    Spread out over 40 acres, the park is an oasis of greenery with splendid views, and a host of things you can try out.

    If you just want to walk, you should try the western side of the park. The eastern side has most of the facilities like children’s corner, skate park, and so on.

    The River Avon

    River Avon borders the park to the south.

    Head for the river bank, and you’ll find an excellent spot for a picnic.

    If you’re in the mood, there are boats and canoes for hire.

    The Leisure Centre

    A large indoor leisure centre can be found inside the park, with facilities like a swimming pool, a sports hall, and a children’s corner.

    The Pagoda

    There’s a pagoda, which is very popular among the locals. You can pop in and relax, if you want to.

    Other activities

    St Nicholas’ Park also features a mini golf course, a skateboard/bmx park, a paddling pool, and a cafe.

    Be Military Fit holds sessions in the park frequently.

    Website: http://www.stnicholaspark.co.uk/

    Address: Warwick CV34 4QY, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: Every day of the week, 8am to 6pm.

    Entry: Free.

    How you can get there

    It’s a 5 minute drive from the station via the A429, and a 10 minute walk from St John’s House, via the A429 and Gerrard Street.

    The Mill Garden

    Can you imagine one person's love of plants created this entire garden?
    Mill Garden. Warwick Castle can be seen in the background. Image courtesy https://visitwarwick.co.uk/.

    The Mill Garden is a testament to Arthur Measures’ love for plants.

    It was that gentleman who created the beautiful garden we now see, bit by bit, over a period of 60 years.

    Adding to the splendour is the fact that Warwick Castle is right next to it and you can actually see Caesar’s Tower (of Warwick Castle) looming behind the garden.

    It’s a private garden, but members of the public can enter on specified open hours.

    Website: https://visitwarwick.co.uk/placeofinterest/the-mill-garden/

    Address: 55 Mill St, Warwick CV34 4HB, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: April to October; Every day of the week, 9am to 6pm.

    Entry: £2.50 per adult.

    How you can get there

    To reach it from Warwick Castle, you need to walk up Castle Lane, and then via the A425, till you get to the roundabout, from where you can get Mill Street.

    From Warwick Station, a short drive via the A429 will take you to the roundabout.

    Priory Park

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    A view of Priory Park in Warwick. Image courtesy https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/.

    Originally a priory (a monastery headed by a prior/prioress), the park has existed, in one form or another, from 1124.

    The priory building was proposed to be demolished in 1926; an American diplomat called Alexander W. Weddell bought the priory, and shipped material used in the building to the United States where it was used to build Virginia House in Virginia.

    Virginia House was built in 1928 in Richmond, Virginia.
    Virginia House. Image courtesy https://www.virginiahistory.org/.

    If you’re just looking for greenery (and some wildlife, like rabbits and buzzards), Priory Park is your best bet.

    If you’re a tree aficionado, you should check Priory Park out. There are a lot of ‘specimen trees’ in the park, including some centuries-old oak trees.

    There’s even a trail through the park, if you’re interested in walking trails.

    Website: https://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/info/20311/major_parks/1065/priory_park

    Address: 17 Garden Ct, Priory Rd, Warwick CV34 4XW, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: 24 x 7.

    Entry: Free.

    How you can get there

    The Coventry Road entrance is a 5 minute walk from Warwick Station.

    Hill Close Gardens

    Yet another park in Warwick!
    Hill Close Gardens in Warwick. Image courtesy http://hillclosegardens.com/.

    These gardens were built to give people living in townhouses with no gardens a chance to have gardens of their own.

    They’re maintained with a lot of their original characteristics, including summerhouses, high hedges, and heritage flowerbeds.

    Activities in Hill Close Gardens

    You can check out their plant nursery, and even order some of the plants and produce they have on sale.

    They also organize workshops on various aspects of gardening, monthly gardeners’ walks on seasonal topics, and some children’s events.

    Website: http://hillclosegardens.com/

    Address: Bread and Meat Cl, Warwick CV34 6HF, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: Monday through to Friday, 11am to 4pm. Saturday and Sunday closed.

    Entry: £4.50 per adult. £1 per child (between 5 and 16 years old). Entry is free for children under 5 years old.

    How you can get there

    From Warwick Station, enter Priory Park, and exit on Cape Road.

    Ask for the roundabout near the podiatry clinic; from the roundabout, take Theatre Street and walk down it till you find Linen Street to your right.

    A few more minutes’ walk through Linen Street should see you at Hill Close.

    Churches and other buildings in Warwick

    From churches to secretive meeting places, Warwick has a number of buildings tourists and others would be interested in.

    The Collegiate Church of St Mary’s

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    The Collegiate Church of St Mary's at Warwick. Image courtesy https://www.bbc.co.uk/.

    Remember I mentioned Priory Park used to have a priory dating back to at least 1124?

    Well, the Church dates back to 1123, which was when Roger de Beaumont, the second Earl of Warwick, created it.

    Did you know?

    The Collegiate Church of St Mary’s is a collegiate church, which means that it is (or used to be) run by a group (college) of ‘secular clergy’, who do not have to take some of the religious vows which a member of the ‘regular clergy’ would have to.

    The Church and Warwick Castle remain the most imposing features of the Warwick skyline.

    Things at The Collegiate Church of St Mary’s That You Must Check Out

    Beauchamp Chapel, a.k.a. The Chapel of Our Lady.

    The tombs and other monuments of various historical figures like Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick.

    The choir, and church music.

    Beauchamp Tower

    One of the most famous features of the Church is the Beauchamp Tower, which rises to a hundred and thirty feet.

    It’s a hundred and thirty four steps to the top of the tower.

    Provided you don’t have any medical reason for not climbing all those steps, you should climb those steps and take in the view from the top!

    Finally, they organize events all through the year, so, regardless of when you happen to pass through Warwick, make sure you drop in and enquire about whether there’s something going on!

    Website: http://www.stmaryswarwick.org.uk/

    Address: Old Square, Warwick CV34 4RA, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: Every day of the week, 10am to 4:30pm.

    Entry: Entry to the church is free. You need to pay a small fee to climb the tower though!

    How you can get there

    It’s less than a 5 minute walk up Church Street from the Yeomanry Museum; from Warwick Castle, it’s a short trek up Castle Street (towards Church Street) and then follow Church Street.

    From Warwick Station, it’s a 10 minute drive via the A429, the A425, and finally through Northgate Street.

    Lord Leycester Hospital

    The surviving old architecture makes this a must-visit for Warrwick tourists!
    An old rendering of the Lord Leycester Hospital. Image courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/.

    Why would a hospital, of all places, be a must-visit tourist attraction?

    That’s because this is not just another hospital.

    A brief history of Lord Leycester Hospital

    The Hospital started out as a chapel (The Chapel of St James) in 1126.

    Slowly, over the next 3 centuries, it was expanded, with additions of living quarters, public rooms, and a guild hall added.

    In 1571, the First Earl of Leicester established the Hospital as one for injured soldiers and their wives.

    An administrative system of 12 resident Brethren, in the charge of a Master was created to run the hospital; this system continues to this day.

    The Hospital was not a victim of the 1694 fire; however it has undergone at least two major renovations. Today, it is a Grade I listed building.

    Things to check out at Leycester Hospital

    • The Hospital is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of British medieval courtyard architecture.
    • Inside the Guild Hall, there sits today the very same table which was used over six hundred years ago in meetings of the United Guild of Warwick.
    • Various kinds of swords from the 1700’s and 1800’s are featured in the Guild Hall.
    • The Masters can occasionally be seen going about their business in ceremonial uniform.
    • The Master’s Garden features (among other things) a Victorian apple pit, a 2000 year old artefact from Egypt, and a summer house that used to be a favourite of the American author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

    Would you like to dine in a 500 year old cafe?

    Then you should reserve one of your meals for the Brethren’s Kitchen at Leycester Hospital. Its cream teas are especially well-known.

    Did you know?

     Parts of the critically acclaimed BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen were filmed at the Hospital.

    Website: https://www.lordleycester.com/

    Address: 60 High St, Warwick CV34 4BH, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: Tuesday through to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Monday closed.

    Entry:

    • £8.50 for adults, £5.00 for children between 5 and 18 years of age.
    • Free entry for children younger than 5.
    • Students and adults over 60 can avail of concessional £6.50 tickets.
    • Finally, £20.00 gets you a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children.

    How you can get there

    It’s a short walk from the Yeomanry Museum on High Street.

    From Warwick Station, the best route would be a ten minute drive via the A429, the A425, and finally, Jury Street. You can follow the same route for a walk, or trek the A445, past the Roebuck Inn, past the Chapel Street intersection, and finally through High Street.

    Baddesley Clinton

    How do you feel about visiting a house with secret hiding spaces, surrounded by a moat?
    A view of Baddesley Clinton with its moat. Image courtesy https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/.

    Fine, Baddesley Clinton isn’t exactly in Warwick, but a short drive away, but it’s got one badass feature that makes it a write-in into a list of tourist attractions in Warwick.

    Priest holes

    During the Reformation, the house was owned by the Ferrer family.

    The family remained Roman Catholic during that time, and had several priest holes built throughout Baddesley Clinton to give shelter to Catholics.

    If you do visit the house, make sure you ask to be shown all the priest holes.

    The house itself is a moated manor, with quite spacious grounds replete with flora and fauna.

    Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/baddesley-clinton

    Address: Rising Ln, Knowle, Solihull B93 0DQ, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: Every day of the week, 9am to 5pm.

    Entry: £12.60 for adults, £6.30 for children, £31.50 for families, and £11.60 per person for groups larger than 15 people.

    How you can get there

    The best way is to take the train from Warwick to Lapworth (you may have to change trains at Dorridge). From Lapworth station, it’s a half hour walk/5 minute drive via Station Lane, Rising Lane, and Haywood Lane.

    Guy’s Cliffe House

    Dare you tread within?
    Guy's Cliffe House in Warwick. Image courtesy https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/.

    Guy’s Cliffe House is a Gothic manor in the Guy’s Cliffe hamlet on River Avon.

    The hamlet is named after the legendary Guy of Warwick, who is presumed to have lived in the area.

    The House was built in 1751, and, at its height, used to include a mill, stables, and extensive grounds.

    Subsequently, it fell into disrepair.

    A secretive meeting place

    In the 1950’s, a part of the house was leased to the Freemasons, who used to meet there.

    The Sherlock Holmes connection

    A section of the 1994 Grenada production The Last Vampyre, starring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, was filmed at Guy’s Cliffe House.

    A haunted house?

    The house is rumoured to be haunted. It was featured on Most Haunted in 2019 (Season 23, Episode 9).

    That doesn’t make you nervous about checking it out, does it?

    Website: http://guyscliffehouse.co.uk/

    Address: Warwick CV34 5YD, United Kingdom.

    How you can get there

    A half hour walk/5 minute drive up Coventry Road/the A429 from Warwick Station will get you there.

    Eclectic tourist attractions in Warwick

    From canals to fairs, there’s a whole lot of other things in Warwick that you can explore.

    Experimental Escape

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    Spend an exhilarating hour with your family and friends, helping someone recover a family heirloom, or investigating the case of a man who has mysteriously disappeared at Warwickshire’s premier escape room.

    Website: https://experimental-escape.co.uk/

    Address: 69 Warwick St, Leamington Spa CV32 4RQ, United Kingdom.

    Open hours: All week, 10am to 10pm.

    Entry:

    • 18 and above Players - £24 per person for a group of 2. £20 per person for groups of 3 or more.
    • 17 and under Players - £18 per person.

    How you can get there

    Take the train from Warwick to Leamington Spa. Experimental Escape is less than a 20 minute walk from Leamington Spa station, taking you through the Royal Pump Room Gardens.

    Saltisford Canal Arm

    Saltisford Canal Arm, Warwick
    See all the boats lined up on the canal? Some are house-boats. Image courtesy http://www.grandunioncanal.co.uk/

    A short stretch of the Grand Union Canal, the Saltisford Canal Arm had been largely abandoned during the 1970’s, and had fallen into disrepair.

    However, the Saltisford Canal Trust has worked over the years to restore the canal, and now it’s a pleasant stretch of water, ideal for a long walk, or for a boat ride (the Trust hires out a few boats - called Salties - to the public).

    A number of families have even made it their home, residing in permanent boat-homes in the canal.

    Website: http://www.saltisfordcanal.co.uk/

    How you can get there

    It’s a 10 minute drive from Warwick Station via the A445, and then the A425.

    The Stairway to Heaven - The Hatton Locks

    If you follow the canal a short distance out into the Warwickshire countryside, you come upon that which is nicknamed the Stairway to Heaven.

    Intrigued?

    Then you should follow Birmingham Road out of Warwick and into the village of Hatton where you can visit the Hatton Locks.

    The Hatton Locks. Image courtesy https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/.
    The Hatton Locks. Image courtesy https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/.

    What is a ‘lock’?

    In the context of navigating a river, or a canal, a ‘lock’ is a mechanism used to help a boat transition smoothly between different water levels.

    Why are the Hatton Locks known as the ‘Stairway to Heaven’?

    That’s because The Hatton Locks are a ‘flight’ (a series, in plain English) of 21 locks that are a bit difficult to navigate.

    After passing through the flight, navigation becomes a lot smoother.

    Website: https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/article/hatton-locks-stairway-heaven

    Address: Hatton, Warwick CV35 7JL, United Kingdom.

    How you can get there

    The locks are a 10-15 minute drive from Warwick Station via the A425 and Birmingham Rd/A4177.

    The Windmill at Chesterton

    The Chesterton Windmill. Image courtesy https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/.
    The Chesterton Windmill. Image courtesy https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/.

    Located in the village of Chesterton, this windmill is almost 400 years old, a Grade I listed building, and one of Warwickshire’s most famous attractions.

    If you’re visiting Warwick, you should add the Chesterton Windmill to your itinerary, seeing that it’s a ten to fifteen minute drive from Warwick via Harbury Lane.

    It’s in a vast open field, so windproof clothes and waterproof shoes are highly recommended whenever the weather is windy and/or rainy.

    Website: http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/visit/chesterton-windmill/

    Address: Windmill Hill Ln, Leamington Spa CV33 9LB, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: It’s generally open during Heritage Open Weekends in Spring and Autumn. You should check their website for exact dates and times.

    Entry: Free.

    How you can get there

    It’s a 15 minute drive from Warwick Station.

    Take the A445 and head for the roundabout near St Nicholas Park. At the roundabout, take the Banbury Road/A429, and keep driving straight till you get to the Newbold Pacey roundabout; there, take the Fosse Way exit.

    A few minutes drive through Fosse, and you’ll have Windmill Hill Lane on your right.

    The Old Castle Bridge

    Even these derelict remains retain a certain charm!
    The remains of the old Castle Bridge. Image courtesy https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/.

    The Castle Bridge was a medieval bridge on the River Avon, near Warwick Castle.

    It didn’t have a very successful life span, and was more or less swept away in a 1795 flood.

    Today, all that remains of the bridge are 3 arches (originally there were 12) in the middle of the river, designated a Grade II Listed Building.

    Website: https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/catalogue_her/old-castle-bridge

    How you can get there

    You can see the remains from The Mill Garden. They’re a short walk away from Warwick Castle.

    Smith Street

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    Smith Street in Warwick. Image courtesy https://commons.wikimedia.org/.

    Tucked between Coten End and Jury Street, Smith Street is one of Warwick’s most popular streets due to the range of independent businesses operating there.

    It happens to be the oldest shopping street in Warwick.

    It’s named so because it was where most of Warwick’s smithies were located. That was when soldiers used to troop in and out of Warwick Castle, centuries ago.

    If you do happen to visit Smith’s Street, make sure you visit Roebuck Inn, which dates back to 1470.

    Website: https://smithstreet-warwick.co.uk/ - Yes, the street has got its own website, although it looks like it hasn’t been updated in a while.

    How you can get there

    It’s a short walk via the A445/A429 from Warwick Station.

    Warwick Folk Festival

    This is an annual festival that’s been taking place for quite some time.

    If you do happen to visit Warwick in mid to end July, make sure you check it out!

    From established names like Seth Lakeman to Morris dance performances, the festival has something for everybody!

    There’ll be space for setting up tents, or campervans, if you need it.

    Website: https://www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk/

    Address: Castle Park, Warwick CV34 6AH, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: Thursday 23rd July – Sunday 26th July 2020.

    How you can get there

    Start off on our old friend the A445/A429 till you get to Castle Lane, and then it’s a walk down Castle Lane, past the Time Tower, and just ahead of the Knight’s Village.

     

    So, till now, we’ve gone over:

    • Castles in Warwick
    • Museums in Warwick
    • Parks and gardens in Warwick
    • Churches and other buildings in Warwick
    • Eclectic tourist attractions in Warwick

    A lot of food for thought, right?

    Now, how about some food for belly?

    Hotels, restaurants, and pubs in Warwick

    Warwick comes with its own selection of places offering food and lodging, each with its own unique attraction.

    The Tudor House Hotel and Inn

    The hotel has maintained the old architecture wonderfully.
    The front view of the Tudor House Hotel. Image courtesy https://www.booking.com/.

    A short walk from Warwick Castle, The Collegiate Church of St Mary’s, and Lord Leycester Hospital, the Tudor House Hotel and Inn is an impressive display of 15th century architecture.

    Website: http://www.thetudorhousewarwick.co.uk/ (largely defunct)

    Address: 90 West St, Warwick CV34 6AW, United Kingdom.

    How you can get there

    It’s on West Street/High Street, just ahead of the Lord Leycester Hospital.

    The Tilted Wig

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    A view of The Tilted Wig. Image courtesy https://www.tripadvisor.com/.

    A short walk from Priory Park, The Tilted Wig has been around since at least the 17th century. Their English breakfasts are particularly popular.

    Website: https://www.tiltedwigwarwick.co.uk/

    Address: 11 Market Pl, Warwick CV34 4SA, United Kingdom.

    Open Hours: They are generally open from 8:30am to 11pm every day of the week. Exact opening and closing times may vary.

    How you can get there

    It’s right next to the Market Hall Museum. From Warwick Station, head for the Yeomanry Museum. At the Museum crossroad, turn right on to Church Street, and keep walking till you reach Market Pl.

    Ardencote

    Fancy staying in a manor house for a night?
    The ivy-clad face of Ardencote Image courtesy https://www.trivago.com/

    A night or two living in a real manor house.

    If that sounds interesting, you should try out the Ardencote, an ivy-covered manor house that’s at least a hundred and fifty years old.

    Stunning views across its grounds, a spa, a golf course, a tennis lawn, and various other facilities are available at this hotel.

    Website: https://www.ardencote.com/

    Address: The Cumsey, Lye Green Rd, Warwick CV35 8LT, United Kingdom.

    How you can get there

    Take the train from Warwick to Claverdon. The hotel is a 5 minute drive from the station, via Lye Green Road.

     

    And that completes our roundup of the top 23 tourist attractions in Warwick in 2020.

    If you want a takeaway resource, here’s a summary of the top 23 tourist attractions in Warwick.

    What’s next?

    Till now, we covered tourist attractions in Leamington Spa, and those in Warwick (this article).

    Next up in our ‘Things to do’ series - a special treat for Shakespeare lovers.

    Care to guess what it is?