Explore the exciting towns and cities close to campus
16 January 2020
We understand that as an Undergraduate student this could be the first time that you are moving away from home and for some, moving to a new country. To ensure you make the most of your time at the University of Warwick, we have provided an overview of the key locations that our students visit whilst they are here.
Coventry is a modern and cosmopolitan city steeped in history. You can find high street shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars next to medieval monuments. The city allows you to immerse yourself in culture at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry Transport Museum and Lunt Roman Fort. You can also visit Coventry Cathedral, to learn more about the historic city and its heritage. The City of Coventry has recently won the title of UK City of Culture 2021, so there will be a thriving programme of events to boost tourism and investment in the city, in the next few years.
The annual Godiva Festival is currently the UK’s largest free family music festival with a variety of performers taking to the stage to entertain the city for a three day music extravaganza. Also within the heart of the city is the newly built Ricoh Arena, home to the Wasps Rugby Team and Coventry City Football Club. A number of sporting and exhibition events are held at the arena throughout the year from Bon Jovi to the Warhammer Festival. If you prefer more open spaces, the War Memorial Park is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon of sunshine or you can visit Coombe Country Park with 500 acres of parkland and wildlife to discover. For the more adventurous types the newly opened Go Ape Forest Adventure has recently opened on the outskirts of Coventry, if you fancy flying down zip wires, or navigating rope crossings high above the forest floor.
Royal Leamington Spa
Leamington has lots of green space and is located only eight miles from the University. You can find an array of quirky boutiques, and vintage shops dotted between your favourite high street brands, in the picturesque spa town. As daylight fades, you will experience the vibrant nightlife with a selection of bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants including Wagamama’s, Turtle Bay, Nando’s and Las Iguanas.
For those who enjoy a scenic location, Jephson Gardens is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll, riverside walk or picnic (it also could also be a good revision spot during the exam season). Take a break from your hectic schedule and enjoy the open green spaces, colourful flowerbeds and interesting sculptures that the gardens have to offer.
The county town of Warwickshire is famous for its magnificent Warwick Castle with towers and turrets for visitors to explore. The town has an enticing blend of the old and the new, with gift shops, traditional tea rooms and art galleries, making it the perfect place to spend the day. Every year Warwick hosts a range of diverse and exciting events, including the popular Folk Festival, Beer Festival and Thai Festival.
Near to the centre of Warwick is the beautiful St Nicholas Park which is the ideal place for a picnic with adventure mini-golf and a boating centre where you can hire a rowing boat, kayak or canoe. For an alternative day out, you could also visit Warwick Racecourse.
Kenilworth encapsulates beautiful architecture in an idyllic setting. From the ruins of Kenilworth Castle to the grandeur of Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth is steeped in endless history. There are great cycle routes directly from campus, making it the ideal place to go if you want to take a break from studying and go explore the local area.
The annual bonfire and fireworks gala at Kenilworth castle is currently one of the biggest displays in the Midlands and is a wonderful spectacle with the castle floodlit in a mass of colour for the evening. There are also a number of events and activities held at the castle throughout the year including archery, medieval games, falconry displays, and competitive jousts. If you’re less of a history enthusiast and more of a social butterfly, Kenilworth’s high street is jam packed with shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. From high street favourites such as Zizzi’s and Ego to independent venues such as Lil Green’s.
Birmingham is the perfect place to enjoy cuisine, nightlife, sport and culture. You can discover hidden talent in independent pubs and watch popular international bands in bustling music venues across the city. From Cadbury World to the National Sea Life Centre there is something for everyone. Explore the ThinkTank – Birmingham’s science museum or visit The Bear Grylls Adventure Park to test you limits as you take on some incredible challenges. Alternatively, if you love to shop, the Birmingham Bullring is a shopping centre in the heart of Birmingham, the perfect haven for budding fashionistas. Birmingham is also now home to the largest Primark store in the world with a Disney-themed café, beauty salon and barbers amidst five floors.
If you are on campus nearer to Christmas time, Birmingham hosts the annual Christmas Market, which currently is the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria. The market has dozens of stalls selling delicious food and drink, gifts, decorations, and seasonal items, and is a great place to visit during the festive season
You can visit the beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon and enjoy a show by the Royal Shakespeare Company or visit the well-preserved buildings in the quaint Tudor town such as Shakespeare’s birthplace or Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Explore the variety of street markets that take place every weekend alongside the river bank, and see the unique craft and food on offer.
Come rain or shine you can discover hundreds of the world’s most beautiful butterflies at the Butterfly Farm, which is one of Stratford’s biggest attractions. Enhance your tour of Stratford by taking a peaceful boat trip along the River Avon and enjoy a picnic under the willows, as you watch the world go by.
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