Warwickshire – home of the Bard and some pretty poetic towns and villages too.
Touring around this county is a condensed course in English Literature. From Shakespeare’s old stomping ground at Stratford-upon-Avon to J.R.R. Tolkien’s wedding venue Warwick Castle, the magic of words is in the bricks. It’s not bad for music either – the 80s ska revival launched in Coventry with bands like The Specials and The Selecter.
What else is good in Warwick?
Royal Leamington Spa, Rugby and Atherstone are always worth a visit. There’s good food and drink from local producers. And the whole county is criss-crossed with canals where life gets a little slower and a lot more serene.
Need some ideas for kids? The Jump In trampoline park in Warwick will wear them out a bit and West Midlands Safari Park isn’t too far either.
The infamous car chase scene from The Italian Job was actually filmed in Warwickshire.