Things to do

Around Warwick University

The University of Warwick is located at the south of the city of Coventry with may historic towns and sites nearby, in rolling English countryside.


The city has along and interesting history.  Coventry’s origins trace back to the Middle Ages, where it was a bustling center for trade and textiles. Its city status was officially recognized in a charter dating back to 1345. The medieval past is still evident in the cobbled streets and hidden corners.

Coventry suffered greatly in World War II. Coventry Cathedral, now a symbol of peace and reconciliation, stands juxtaposed with the ruins of its predecessor which was devastated in the blitz and now as a poignant reminder of resilience and hope.

Beyond history, Coventry thrives as a vibrant hub of culture, innovation, and diversity with its universities, thriving arts scene.


Warwick is an ancient town just a few miles from the University with many intersting historic buildings, notably the magnificent Warwick Castle with over 1,100 years of history. It is a A Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.  It has been prominent in England’s history for centuries. You can climb the medieval towers and battlements and see panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. You can also enjoy the World’s Only Horrible Histories Maze. The castle dungeon is also available to explore, often with actors, shows, and spine-chilling effects of darker times (recommended for ages 10 and above).


The world famous town is approximately 28 km away and has rich history and captivating allure. At the center of it all stands Shakespeare’s Birthplace, a half-timbered Tudor house on Henley Street and is open to visitors. Here, William Shakespeare, the legendary playwright, was born in 1564. The house has creaking floorboards to the ancient beams and a quaint garden, exhibitions and artifacts from Shakespeare’s life.

The town also offers a range of hospitality including tearooms, boutique shops, and picturesque riverside views. You can take a leisurely boat ride on the Avon River or sit in the tranquility of its banks and scenery. Nearby is Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Hathaway became Shakespeare’s wife. The thatched-roof cottage is surrounded by lush gardens.


Kenilworth is also just a few miles from University of Warwick. It is a historic town with a famous castle prominent in the town’s landscape. The castle has played a role in many episodes in England’s history from its Norman origins to its height of prominence in Tudor times. Robert Dudley hosted many banquets here for Queen Elizabeth I. Around the castle ruins are the Elizabethan Gardens. Nearby Abbey Fields offers rolling greenery, walking trails, and wonderful views.

British Motor Museum

This is located further south of the county in the village of Gaydon. It is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars with over 400 classic cars on display. The museum celebrates the past, present, and future of British motoring. It proudly showcases vehicles from both the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Heritage Trust. You can take part in interactive experiences which illustrate British car manufacturing with virtual talks.


Britain’s second-largest city is just 20 minutes away by train or road. Attractions include The Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, the National Sea Life Centre with a range of aquaria where you can get up close to fascinating marine creatures. Birmingham boasts acres of green spaces and a historic canal infrastructure which underpinned the UK’s historic industrial heritage. The city has a vibrant nightlife of music and theatres.

Warwickshire Countryside and The Cotswolds

Warwickshire is noted for its picturesque countryside including the Cotswolds which extend from the south of the county into neighboring counties.
Near Stratford on Avon is the attractive town of Alcester. An intersting walk can be taken from here, extending for approximately 18 miles. The walk takes in surrounding countryside and woodlands. Along the waythewre are various highlights such as:
– Coughton Court: A Tudor mansion with beautiful gardens, a lake, and an intriguing history related to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
– Oversley Wood: Peaceful woodland.
– River Arrow: Follow the river’s course as it winds through the landscape.
– Spernal Park: Enjoy the scenic stretch along the river to reach this charming village.

Arden Way is a walk of 26 miles which takes you on a wonderful tour of the Forest of Arden. Starting near Henley-in-Arden, the route leads you through:
– Studley Castle: An impressive 19th-century castle turned luxury hotel.
– Coughton Court: The historic Tudor house with connections to the Gunpowder Plot.
– Alcester town
– Oversley Wood, a beautiful woodland scene
– Exhall with beautiful scenery; the walk then returns to Henley-in-Arden.

The Cotswolds: Often quoted as “Quintessential English Countryside.” The Cotswolds are a designated National Landscape covering 790 square miles, spanning several counties including parts of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Wiltshire. Highlights include:
– Bourton-on-the-Hill: Nestled near Moreton-in-Marsh, this town is a picturesque destination for tourists with charming thatched cottages and a nearby Birdland – a large and well planned bird garden.
– Bluebell Woods: In spring, walkers flock to the Cotswolds to witness the enchanting bluebell woods. These woodlands come alive with vibrant hues, creating a magical experience for visitors.
– The Ashby Canal meanders from Bedworth in Warwickshire to the village of Snareston in Leicestershire. Along its 22-mile route there are picturesque scenes and tranquil waters.