Round The World and other travels

A frequent flyer's collection of trip diaries

October 2010: Warwick

The county town of Warwick lies on the River Avon in the English Midlands. A little over 20 miles south-east of Birmingham, it could hardly be more different from the traditional image of the nearby Black Country. Although it had featured on my hit list for several years, the opportunity to visit presented itself when I decided to attend a frequent-flyer get-together in nearby Stratford upon Avon.

Warwick's principal attraction is its medieval castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Now in the same ownership as Madame Tussauds, Legoland and Alton Towers, its style of presentation to visitors may seem a little touristy for some tastes. On the other hand, I was struck by the number of children visiting and by the way that history was being vividly brought to life for them in an interesting and entertaining manner.

Other attractions include St Mary's Church, the surviving town gates and numerous Tudor-style buildings.

Base: Hilton

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Stratford upon Avon