Visitors to Warwick can enjoy a tour of the town’s famous hotspots and hidden gems thanks to a new Town Break Trail launched by the Chamber of Trade.
The Warwick Town Break Trail offers a ready-made itinerary for how to spend 48 hours in the historic town, taking in everything from cultural highlights, the world-famous castle, and an array of independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
Produced by Warwick Chamber of Trade, thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant, the trail is available in paper form from Warwick Tourist Information Centre, or can be accessed online via the Buyin2Warwick website, allowing people to use their phones to navigate their way through its step-by-step instructions. It can be followed from start to finish, or used as inspiration for a day trip to the medieval market town.
The Warwick Town Break Trail starts in the heart of the town centre, taking in highlights including the Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum of military history, the Court House, the iconic St Mary’s Church and the town’s War Memorial. Other hotspots include the Lord Leycester Hospital and its enchanting Master’s Garden, as well as Market Place and the Market Hall Museum.
The comprehensive guide doesn’t just include well-known attractions and historic sites, but offers insider tips on some of Warwick’s hidden gems, including the unique Tink a Tank Lane that leads to the often-missed College Garden, or Northgate Street’s row of luxury townhouses, as well as one of the original prison doors incorporated into the side of Shire Hall, which dispensed justice and housed prisoners in the dungeon until the 1800s, but is now home to Warwickshire County Council.
Other unexpected highlights include a statue of Britain’s first black World Boxing Middleweight champion, Randolph Turpin, who grew up in Warwick in the 1930s, in the Market Square, as well as one of the UK’s oldest working pillar post boxes on High Street.
Day two of the trail takes visitors from Pageant Gardens behind the Visitor Information Centre down picturesque cobbled Mill Street and The Mill Garden, as well as a trip to St Nicholas Park via the perfect place to photograph Warwick Castle in all its glory.
It also guides visitors through Smith Street – home to over 30 independent shops, eateries and businesses – then to the historic castle to wrap up a visit.
Sue Butcher, chairman of Warwick Chamber of Trade, said: “We’re always trying to think of ways to encourage people to come to Warwick, whether it’s for a day or a weekend, and the trail is something we think will really give people a flavour of our wonderful town. Warwick’s the perfect place for a town break, packed with so much to see and do. In our view, you need two full days to do the town justice and take everything in, so we’ve constructed a plan for a perfect 48 hours.
“So many people still don’t know the full extent of what Warwick has to offer so we hope this will go some way to pointing out everything from our world-famous attractions to our unique shops and eateries, as well as some hidden gems that you really wouldn’t know about without our insider knowledge.”
Find the Warwick Town Trail on the Buyin2Warwick website