Touring around this county is a condensed course in English Literature. From Shakespeare’s old stomping ground at Stratford-upon-Avon to J.R.R. Tolkien’s wedding venue Warwick Castle, the magic of words is in the bricks. It’s not bad for music either – the 80s ska revival launched in Coventry with bands like The Specials and The Selecter.
What else is good in Warwick?
Royal Leamington Spa, Rugby and Atherstone are always worth a visit. There’s good food and drink from local producers. And the whole county is criss-crossed with canals where life gets a little slower and a lot more serene.
Need some ideas for kids? The Jump In trampoline park in Warwick will wear them out a bit and West Midlands Safari Park isn’t too far either.
The infamous car chase scene from The Italian Job was actually filmed in Warwickshire.
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As far as parental promises go, hunting for dinosaur teeth on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is up there.
Staffordshire – bang in the middle of England and brimming with stuff to do.
The West Midlands – nowhere else in Britain could bring us Lenny Henry, Caitlin Moran and Ozzy Osbourne.
Warwick – a small county town that’s big on history.