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A beautiful little town ‘as English as roast beef’ is known as one of the best autumn days out in the UK.
Warwick, a market town sat on the River Avon, was the metaphorical heart of the country with Shakespeare naming the town as the epitome of English spirit.
It has everything a classic quaint town should, with Georgian townhouses, Queen Anne mansions and Tudor tea shops.
Most of the high street was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1694 and had to be rebuilt. It is now home to pubs, restaurants and independent shops.
The area’s best restaurants are gastropub the Rose & Crown, Spanish spot Baserri and gastropub the Star & Garter, according to booking site OpenTable.
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Without doubt, Warwick’s main attraction is the castle.
Built between the 11th and 14th centuries, visitors can explore the site and castle or attend a live show such as the jousting, a Julia Donaldson show or a birds of prey demonstration.
Other things to visit include the 15th-century St Mary’s Church, Hill Close Gardens, Market Hall Museum, the Mill Garden, the canal and Lord Leycester Hospital.
It used to be one of the most significant towns in the country as a major settlement in the Middle Ages, but is now left mostly to its residents.
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There are a number of places to stay such as Austin Guest House, Black Horse Inn and Castle Limes Hotel.
Visitors can also travel the three short miles to neighbouring town Royal Leamington Spa which offers the Pump Room Gardens and a number of nature reserves. It is also close to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and Kenilworth.
Warwick is accessible by train from London, Birmingham, Leamington and Stratford and by car via the M40 and the A46.
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