Warwickshire Accommodation Guide

Avon River, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Avon River, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Steeped in history, Warwickshire is one of the most famous counties in not only the West Midlands but the whole of England. Often abbreviated to just ‘Warks’, Warwickshire is famous for its long association with the English Crown, for its historic castle and university, for its horseracing course and for being the birth place of William Shakespeare.

With much to see and explore, it is no surprise that Warwickshire is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the West Midlands, attracting over 5 million visitors every year. In this guide, we will exhibit some of the county’s best accommodation options and explore some of the region’s most famous attractions.

Warwickshire’s principal town (Warwick), from which the county takes its name, is a beautiful historic town with one of the most impressive castles and medieval town centres in England. With a fascinating history, visitors to Warwick today can explore a large number of historic attractions including the castle and its Great Hall and State Rooms.

In addition to its castle, The Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick is another ‘must see’ visitor attraction. The Hospital features one of the best preserved examples of medieval courtyard architecture in England. The buildings on this site have been in use for almost 900 years and once served as a sanctuary for injured soldiers and their wives.

The wider county of Warwickshire has many other towns and villages that are well worthy of your time however. Stratford-upon-Avon is a beautifully preserved medieval market town and also the birthplace of William Shakespeare. When visiting be sure to attend a performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or at the adjacent Swan Theatre on the banks of the River Avon itself.

Royal Leamington Spa is another beautiful town that is popular with tourists and offers some unique accommodation choices in the Regency style. Many of the towns 19th century terraced houses are now available for holiday rentals. Many of these are close to the Royal Pump Rooms, the Leamington Spa Art Gallery / Museum and Jephson Gardens.

Warwickshire’s natural attractions include the Cotswolds Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which passes through the south western part of the county. Towns and villages such as Ilmington, Long Compton, Brailes, Upper Quinton and Shipston-on-Stour are all good places to visit when starting or finishing the Cotswold Way at Chipping Campden.

Rugby enthusiasts will not want to miss the opportunity to visit Rugby School, the site where the legendary game was invented at Rugby School in 1823 by William Webb Ellis. A small museum dedicated to both William and the sport he founded is located in the centre of the town and only 100 metres away from the playing field where the game began.

Warwickshire shares a land border with several other counties in the West Midlands including Leicestershire to the northeast, Northamptonshire to the east, Oxfordshire to the south, Gloucestershire to the south west, Worcestershire to the west and Staffordshire to the northwest. It also borders the metropolitan county ‘The West Midlands’ to the west.

Stay In Britain has a large number of accommodation options in Nuneaton, Bedworth, Kenilworth, Rugby, Warwick and Leamington Spa.  Our accommodation search engine will help you find the perfect holiday home or holiday rental. We cater for all types of accommodation from historic farmhouses and thatched cottages to barn conversions and wooden lodges.

Warwickshire / Tourist Information

  • County Town: Warwick
  • Land Area: 1,975 km2 (763 square miles)
  • Population: 571,010 (2019)
  • Population Density: 289/km2 (750/square mile)
  • Average Temperature: (Summer 21°C)
  • Days Of Rain: 160 days of rain / 205 dry days per year

Best Attractions In Warwickshire

Shakespeare’s Birthplace: William Shakespeare, the legendary author, playwright, actor and poet grew up in this incredibly beautiful 16th century house in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. Born in 1564 it is thought that Shakespeare was born in one of the upstairs bedrooms. This beautifully restored half timber house is now a small museum and is often described as “a mecca for all lovers of literature”.

Warwick Castle: Chosen by William the Conqueror as the site for a wooden fort in 1068 (thanks to its location on a large meander of the River Avon), the castle was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. The castle was used as a stronghold until the early 17th century and it played a key role in both the Hundred Years War (1337–1453) and the English Civil War (1642–1651). The facade opposite the town remains one of the most recognisable examples of 14th-century military architecture in the UK.

Best Accommodation In Warwickshire

Granary-Cottage, Blackwell near Ilmington, WarwickshireGranary Cottage (Blackwell near Ilmington): Located in the centre of the Northern Cotswolds, this lovely holiday cottage sleeps 4 people across 2 bedrooms in complete comfort. This is a great holiday home from which you can explore all of Warwickshire. The historic towns of Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh are easily accessible and are only a short drive away.

Castle-View-Holiday-House, Warwick, WarwickshireCastle View (Warwick): As its name suggests, Castle View is situated in the centre of Warwick and offers incredible views across the town’s skyline, castle and the surrounding area. This incredible holiday house mixes uber modern design with historic architectural accents and sleeps 8 people across 4 bedrooms. If you are looking for a large holiday house in central Warwick, this could be the place for you!

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