With its famous castle, collegiate church, beautiful parks and a thriving town centre, there is much to love about Warwick.
For one thing it is steeped in history. We love that its origins go back to the early Middle Ages, the most notable relic of this period being Warwick Castle, founded by William the Conqueror in 1068, and which is now a major tourist attraction.
Elsewhere in the town, archaeological work on the site of Warwick School, itself the oldest boys’ school in the country, revealed the footings of a sizeable Roman barn from the second century AD.
Warwick is also renowned for having one of the oldest Baptist churches in the world, in Castle Hill Baptist Church, which was founded in the mid 17th century.
We also love that it was able to successfully rebuild after the Great Fire in 1694, most notably the Collegiate Church of St Mary and the Shire Hall. One of the aims of the rebuilding was to encourage the gentry and professional men to settle in the town and so it was important to rebuild in a contemporary style. Robinson Crusoe author, Daniel Defoe is quoted as saying that in his opinion Warwick had been “rebuilt in so noble and so beautiful a manner that few towns in England make so fine an appearance”.
Its fine appearance has been attracting people ever since and is just one reason why people choose Warwick as their home or to visit. But there are plenty of other reasons including the town’s fantastic and vibrant weekly market, excellent schools, lots of quirky, interesting, independent shops, two museums, a theatre, fabulous cafes, restaurants and lovely parks. The River Avon runs through the town providing a home for swans, geese and ducks as well as a playground for those who love rowing.
Culturally Warwick is rich thanks to its historic buildings and events such as the annual Victorian Evening in November, Mop Fair in October, Folk Festival, literary festival Warwick Words and the more recent Pub in the Park.
These are just some of the many reasons we love Warwick.