Coventry and the towns of Warwickshire each have their own distinct
character. Coventry is a modern lively City and as such offers a fantastic
range of facilities and amenities alongside charming traditional buildings.
Warwickshire in turn has many picturesque towns and villages, including
Market towns, Coach towns, and grand Georgian towns. Each offer many sights
to see and attractions to visit.
Atherstone lies on the old Roman Road, Watling Street, which runs through
the centre of the town. What was a felt hat producing town is now a bustling
small market town with many attractive old buildings.
The town is developing as a book town similar to Hay on Wye, and will
feature several different book shops specialising in many different areas.
The town centre holds the notorious Atherstone Ball Game which is one of the
oldest traditions in the country and has been held every Shrove Tuesday
since the 13th century.
Places of interest include the Market Place with its 18th century buildings
such as Station House and The Old Swan, which is Atherstone’s best example
of a 16th century timber-framed house. there is also the Old Bank House and
the old coaching inn, The Red Lion. Other places to visit include Merevale
Church, originally the gate chapel of Merevale Abbey.
Twycross Zoo Park lies north of Atherstone on the A444 and is one of the
major British zoos. Attracting over 450,000 visitors a year, it is famous
for its collection of primates.
Another nearby location is Kingsbury Water Park that lies west of
Atherstone. The park features 15 lakes situated in over 600 acres of country
park, and offers excellent facilities for bird watching, and even hiring a
bike to ride around the lakes!
Other nearby picturesque towns, villages and hamlets include Mancetter with
Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Dordon, Baddesley Ensor, Baxterley, Fenny
Drayton and Ratcliffe Cutley in nearby Leicestershire.
Shipston on Stour
Shipston On Stour is a small market town situated in the depths of rural
south Warwickshire next to the scenic Cotswold region. It remains a focal
point for many of the local rural communities with a variety of shops
catering for both residents and tourists.
The town was once an important centre for the trade of sheep and grain. From
the 14th to the 19th centuries the town was on the route of the Welsh
drovers who passed through the town with cattle on their way to London. The
town became known as ‘Sheep-wash-Town’ because the river was used for
washing sheep in early summer.
Places of interest in the town include the 19th century Methodist Church,
the 17th century Friends Meeting House used by the Quakers, the Old Baptist
Church founded in 1780 and Sheep Street – the former location of the sheep
The three day fair held in the town in June dates back to the 13th century,
whilst the annual Shipston Proms held in June and July is in its fifth year,
providing a variety of music from classical to rock.
The nearby Rollright Stones are situated by the Warwickshire-Oxfordshire
border, at a sacred site, on a hilltop, above the village of Long Compton.
These monuments, erected sometime between 2500-2000BC, are definitley worth
a look if you are nearby.
Other nearby villages and hamlets include Ilmington, Great Wolford and
Little Wolford, Tredington, Brailes, Chipping Camden, Stretton-on-Fosse,
Honington and Darlingscote.
Gaydon is a small village in the south of the county. During World War II a
large RAF station was built near the village and after the war, this became
home to a number of units of Britain's V bomber force of Vulcans, Victors
and Valiants. The airfield was used for operational bombers until 1965 when
it became home to training squadrons.
The station closed in 1974 and the airfield was bought in 1978 by British
Leyland and became a proving ground for its cars. This evolved into the
Gaydon centre, the home of Land Rover design headquarters and the Heritage
Motor Centre, a museum housing the world's finest collection of historic
British cars. This museum is well worth seeing and has a number of free
guided tours that appeal to all ages.
Aston Martin have also recently built a factory on the site for car
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