Originally founded in 914, Warwick was strategically located to defend roads and river crossings from Danish invaders.
The famous castle, arguably Britain’s finest – which was begun by William the Conqueror in 1068 – still stands intact and defiant above the River Avon today.
Although much of the ancient heart of the town was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1694, many buildings of historical interest remain – the fascinating Lord Leycester Hospital and St Mary’s Church, with its magnificent Beauchamp Chapel, to name but two.
Today’s Warwick wears its history proudly, whilst enjoying its role as a bustling 21st-century county town. During the festival, Warwick’s streets come alive with music, dancing, parades and street parties, in the form of a well-established Fringe. A free shuttle bus, which runs from the main festival site to the town, allows visitors to effortlessly experience the revelry in this unique historical setting.
Besides its history, there’s plenty for the visitor to enjoy in Warwick. A wide range of pubs, bars and restaurants, which cater for all tastes and budgets, complement a fine selection of independent shops. A number of absorbing museums and lively markets in the town centre also helps to keep all entertained. What is more, a diverse calendar of cultural events throughout the year gives you plenty of reasons to come back!
During your stay, please make sure you support our sponsors and local businesses, and – most importantly – enjoy your visit to our lovely festival town!