Nuneaton, in northern Warwickshire, lies at the very heart of England. The Royal Geological Survey and the Ordnance Survey have pinpointed the exact centre of the country to be on the Watling Street, about a mile away from the town. Nuneaton is therefore a natural choice when choosing a base to explore the area.
The town is famous as the birthplace of the Victorian novelist George Eliot, who lived there from 1819 to 1841. Many visitors make pilgrimages to the ancient churchyards of Nuneaton and Chilvers Coton, where monuments to people immortalised in her novels can be found. It is even possible to stay in George Elliot’s house – which is now a Premier Inn, with a heritage of which it is very proud.
One feature of Nuneaton not to be missed, is the bustling street market, which dates back to the 13th century. The market operates on Wednesdays and Fridays and continues to attract people from across the Midlands with its fresh produce and array of goods for sale.
The town is also blessed with a splendid public park which was laid out in 1907. Situated right in the town centre, the park is the result of an endowment by local businessman and colliery owner – Edward Ferdinand Melly. Edward Melly left money, not only to landscape the park but to create an art gallery and museum. Visitors interested in history will also be intrigued by the fine terracotta features which adorn many of the buildings (hint: remember to look upwards!). These are a legacy of the town’s many skilled brick and tile manufacturers.
The town’s central position provides it with outstanding transport links, which make it especially attractive to both visitors and the growing number of small businesses which call Nuneaton home. The M1, M6, M40 and M69 are only a short drive away, while excellent rail services radiate across the country, offering fast services to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester and Coventry to name but a few.
However Nuneaton is not all about speed. Should you be looking for a leisurely way to travel, the Coventry Canal runs through the town and if you would rather not leave town, watching the colourful boats float by is a very pleasant way to spend a few hours on a sunny day.
Those wanting to get close to nature and unwind are spoiled for choice as Nuneaton is close to many places of outstanding natural beauty such as the superb Arbury Estate and its George Eliot connections. Nearby Hartshill Hayes Country Park is another beautiful location with relaxing walks whilst there are rolling vistas across the fields of Leicestershire to Bosworth Battlefield and Charnwood Forest.
Picture curtesy of Graham Beale
Things To Do
*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? 1 Fancy the long route from Coventry to Birmingham? Get away from the cities while walking...read more
Warwickshire is proud to have hosted a stage in the Ovo Women’s Cycle Tour for 3 years in a row – we certainly have some fine cycling country whatever your level of cycling proficiency. If you like to potter around away from traffic our country parks are ideal. Try...read more
Henry Tudor’s restover before the Battle of Bosworth, an important Roman fort town & Boudica’s last stand, the Elizabethan centre of literary activity, the Sir Robert Peel Museum and George Eliot’s inspiration are just some of the historical places of importance that you visit in North Warwickshire.read more
Burn off some energy at our country parks or stroll along the peaceful Coventry or Fazeley canals? Whether you love books, adventure or animals we have some fantastic places for you to visit in North Warwickshire.read more
“Unconventional”, “unorthodox”, descriptions of one of the leading nineteenth century authors Mary Ann Evans, known as George Eliot and born in Nuneaton; drawing on her early life here in rural Warwickshire her themes and characters are just as relevant today as then....read more
Road racers or easy trails? Tee off at the Belfry? Wakeboarding, waterskiing or open water swimming? Or a take a stroll that’ll give you insights into fascinating local history. North Warwickshire can cater for all tastes.read more
Let’s face it, England is famous for rainy days so we have it covered. 1 Have fun inside at the swimming pools in – Atherstone Leisure Complex, Pingles Nuneaton or Lea Marston hotel 2 Nuneaton’s Art Gallery & Museum showcases fine art, local history and galleries on...read more