10 free (or almost*) things to do in North Warwickshire

*parking charges apply at certain locations

There’s no such thing as a free lunch they say, but who needs lunch anyway when Northern Warwickshire has so much on offer for free?


Fancy the long route from Coventry to Birmingham? Get away from the cities while walking the Coventry Canal then the Birmingham & Fazeley Canals. Forming the Warwickshire Ring these canals pass through or near our market towns and country parks and are a fantastic way to see wildlife. Along the way there’s a flight of 11 locks at Atherstone with a Welcome Station manned by volunteers.

Pictures courtesy of Graham Beale


Do the tour of Atherstone’s Heritage following the trail available from the Visitor Centre on Long St


Be Old King Cole, king of all you survey on top of the coal mound at Pooley Country Park


Browse the thousands of books to suit all tastes at Astley Book Farm


Imagine author George Eliot as a child amidst the scenery which inspired her at Astley Castle and neighbouring Astley Church where her parents were married. Linger for a leisurely walk following the interpretation boards amongst these two literary inspirations.


Immerse yourself in the fine art at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery and stroll around Riversley park


Follow North Warwickshire’s churches heritage trail


Stand in Shakespeare’s school-room (allegedly!) in the refectory of Polesworth Abbey where John Donne and Michael Drayton were regulars.


Spot beautiful birds at Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve then browse the craft units at neighbouring Middleton Hall


Discover how ribbons were made and the generosity of Nicholas Chamberlain amidst the charming almshouses of Bedworth Heritage Centre.

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Historic days out in Northern Warwickshire

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Family days out in Northern Warwickshire

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Uncover George Eliot Country

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Sporty trips in Northern Warwickshire

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