Horse racing enthusiasts will find there’s much more to Warwickshire than Warwick races.
If you’re visiting the area on a race day and wondering what to do in Warwickshire before or afterward, the county has so much to offer. From exploring ancient castles and marveling at beautiful gardens to losing yourself in the music at a famed music festival, find out what to do in Warwick with our handy guide.
- DISCOVER THE HISTORIC WARWICK CASTLE
Marvel at over 11 centuries of British history at Warwick Castle. The impressive and imposing structure played an important role in the shaping of our Royal Family, particularly in the famed War of the Roses. But it’s not all dry history lessons at Warwick Castle. You’ll find something exciting for every member of the family, from getting lost in the Horrible Histories Maze to watching thrilling daily shows and activities.
- ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL PARKS AND GARDENS
For nature lovers wondering what to do near Warwick, the area boasts an enviable array of parkland and private gardens. Discover the hidden, hedged Hill Close Gardens – a historic escape from the chaos of town life, where Victorians would come to relax and unwind. Recently restored to their former glory, the gardens are the only surviving gardens of this type in the UK. They offer a unique glimpse into the past as you wander through 16 charmingly individual pleasure gardens.
With the stone walls of Warwick Castle as their backdrop, The Mill Garden is a truly beautiful location to while away a sunny afternoon. The River Avon winds lazily past the banks, on which an array of beautiful flowers bloom. It’s a picturesque setting which makes it a very popular photo opportunity for tourists.
If it’s family fun you’re looking for, then look no further than St Nicholas Park. It’s jam-packed with kids’ play areas, sports facilities, mini-golf, boat rides and so much more. Plus, with plenty of open space skirted by mature trees and the winding Avon River, it’s the ultimate picnic spot. Pull up some turf and make a day of it with the whole family.
- EXPLORE THE TOWN CENTRE
Warwick was recently voted one of the best places to visit in Europe by Lonely Planet, so be sure to make time to wander around the town centre if you’re visiting the area. Marvel at the historic architecture – many buildings date back to the 17th and 18th-century. Mooch around some of the unique independent shops or stop for a bite to eat or a coffee in any of the great range of cafes and restaurants. Market Place, Swan Street and Smith Street are best known for their enviable variety of boutiques and culinary variety.
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, you’ll find an exciting array of fine dining and chain restaurants dotted around the perimeter of Exeter Cathedral Green. From steakhouses to pizzas and Italian cuisine to hearty pub grub, there’s something for everyone. Why not stop for an indulgent clotted cream tea at one of the many tearooms in the city centre? It’s a Devon delicacy and perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
- ATTEND WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL
Every year, the very best in traditional and contemporary folk arts descend on Warwick for a weekend of celebrations, festivities, and unforgettable music. For folk music lovers, it’s one of the biggest events in the calendar. Expect a huge line-up of folk singers and musicians, as well as craft stalls, dance, and delicious food and drink.