4 Things You Didn't Know About Warwickshire

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England is as good a place as any to enjoy a really great holiday. It doesn’t matter whether you travel solo or have the whole family with you. Of course, most visitors to the UK tend to spend their break here checking out London. There are some pretty amazing and iconic landmarks there to see, but London locked tourists could be missing out on so much more that defines England and English ways. In fact, there might be far more in Warwickshire for the tourist than you might think:

Birthplace of William Shakespeare

Anyone enjoying a theatre tour of London will undoubtedly have become a little engrossed in the life and works of our very own playwright. But it is Stratford-upon-Avon where this giant of the literary world was born. And his home town proudly offers plenty of opportunities to find out more about the roots of the world’s greatest writer. The Royal Shakespeare Company regularly performs his works in the town, so you won’t be short of evening entertainment.

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Where Guy Fawkes Plotted To Kill A King

Warwickshire is also the county where Guy Fawkes joined a group of men hoping to kill King James I. The infamous Gunpowder Plot failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Yet this explosive plot and its point-man are still remembered across the UK annually on 5th November. You can find out more about the origins of this plot where it actually happened at Ashby Manor House in Rugby. Nowadays, most big plans that happen here are Wedding plans!

Where Rugby Was Invented

Rugby is also the hometown of the great English sport of Rugby. William Webb Ellis is credited with breaking the rules of the more traditional football game. Rugby is still a market town of some standing in the county of Warwickshire. It’s certainly not a slow-paced sleepy place - Frank Whittle is credited with inventing the world’s first Jet Engine in the town in 1937. Rugby School was the inspired setting of the Tom Brown’s Schooldays books by Thomas Hughes.

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No Cities

Incredibly this great county has no cities. In the 1970s, Coventry and Birmingham were both incorporated into the county of West Midlands. That doesn’t mean there is nothing to do in the county of Warwickshire. With so much history and beautiful Cotswolds countryside in the south of the county, you can’t go wrong with a family day out here. You can travel through some of the county up to the city of Birmingham by canal. The Grand Union canal runs through Leamington and Warwick. That might make a canal boat holiday in this county a great way to enjoy what is on offer here.

Warwickshire isn’t the biggest county in England, but it certainly packs a punch when it comes to great days out. If you love history, don’t spend all your holiday in England’s capital. Head north up the M40 and find out more about the darkest and most romantic histories of the country. What will you get up to in the county of Warwickshire?

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