|Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire and lies upon the River Avon at the northern end of the Cotswolds. There has been human activity at Warwick as early as the Neolithic period and constant habitation since the 6th century.
Warwick is probably best known for its magnificent castle. William the Conqueror founded Warwick Castle in 1068 on his way to Yorkshire to deal with rebellion in the north and in recent times was named one of Britain's Top 10 historic houses and monuments, by the British Tourist Authority.
Much of the medieval town was destroyed in the Great Fire of Warwick which occurred in 1694. As a result, most of the buildings in the town centre are of late 17th and early 18th century origin, although a number of older medieval timber framed buildings survive, especially around the edges of the town centre.
Market Place is the heart of Warwick town centre, hosting a bustling market every Saturday and monthly farmers' markets.
Swan street is the towns busiest shopping street along with Market Street, Jury Street and Warwicks oldest shopping street, Smith Street.
Warwick Folk Festival is held every year in July hosting events including dance tours, mumming plays and concerts. The main festival location and campsite are in the grounds of Warwick School.
Warwick is also known for Warwick Racecourse, near the west gate of the medieval town, which hosts several televised horse racing meetings a year. Within the racecourse is a small golf course.
Warwick Tourist Information Centre
The Court House
Tel: +44 (0)1926 492212
Fax: +44 (0)1926 494837