Warwickshire Visitor information
An Introduction to Warwickshire
Warwickshire was home to one of the most notable playwrights ever to have lived, William Shakespeare, who was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. The area is also home to many castles and fort as a line of defence from invading forces.
Things to do in Warwickshire
Warwickshire is home to Stoneleigh Abbey, founded by Monks over 900 years ago, it also came into the possession of Jane Austen's relatives. Stratford-upon-Avon is home to Shakespeare's house, four other restored houses relating to his life. The medieval Kenilworth Castle and gardens is also in the county.
Getting to Warwickshire
You can reach Warwickshire via East Midlands Airport and Birmingham Airport which are both under two hours from Warwickshire.
The M1, M6, M42 and M69 run through the county of Warwickshire and it is less two hours from London.
Warwickshire has a well connected train system, with many trains running from London, under a two hour journey.
National Express has regular coaches running through the county. The main public bus operators include First, Arriva and Stagecoach.
Warwickshire has been inhabited since Prehistoric times. For the first few decades following the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43 it was heavily fortified and several military settlements were founded. After the Romans left Britain in the 4th century, the Warwickshire area was settled by Anglo Saxon tribes. By the 8th and 9th century, the area had become a part of the kingdom of Mercia.
In the late 9th century the Mercian kingdom declined and in 874 large parts of Mercia to the east of Warwickshire were ceded to Viking invaders by King Alfred's Treaty of Wedmore with the Danish leader Guthrum. Owing to its location at the frontier between two kingdoms, what is now Warwickshire needed to establish defences against the threat of Danish invasion. This task was undertaken by Ethelfleda, daughter of King Alfred, who was responsible for the building of the first parts of Warwick Castle. Periodic fighting between Danes and Saxons occurred until the 11th century.
The Normans were responsible for building much of Warwick Castle and Kenilworth Castle following their invasion in 1066. In the English Civil War in the 17th century the Battle of Edgehill (1642) was fought near the Oxfordshire border.
During the 18th and 19th centuries Warwickshire became one of Britain's foremost industrial counties. The coalfields of northern Warwickshire were amongst the most productive in the country.
Universities in Warwickshire