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Warwick on a Budget

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Famous for its magnificent castle and historic charm, Warwick is a stunning town nestled on the banks of the River Avon. It’s no wonder that this picturesque spot was one of Shakespeare’s favourite places to write about, and its timeless beauty and striking history make it a must-visit destination for culture-seekers and history enthusiasts. Here’s how to plan the perfect day trip there for just £20.

10am - Warwick Castle (From £13)

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Founded in 1068 by William the Conqueror, Warwick Castle should definitely be at the top of your list of places to visit when touring this beautiful town. Once the ancestral home of the Earls of Warwick, this medieval castle remains impressively intact and offers many family-friendly attractions that bring its rich history to life. Offering daily shows and activities as well as beautifully restored rooms and exhibits to take in, a visit to Warwick Castle will give you real insight into this area’s vibrant past and will provide a fun-filled time for all ages.
Warwick Castle is open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat-Sun. Book tickets online.
1:30pm - Market Place Pantry  (From £3.50)

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This charming independent coffee shop in the heart of Warwick is the perfect spot to rest up and enjoy a delicious homemade lunchtime treat. All the food served at the Market Place Pantry is made fresh daily, using locally supplied ingredients. The clean, modern decor creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and you can enjoy a wide variety of cakes, sandwiches, and other sweet and savoury goodies that will fill you up and leave you feeling more than happy.
The Market Place Pantry is located at 26 Market Pl, CV34 4SJ.
2pm - Market Hall Museum  (Free)

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Built in 1670, the Market Hall building was first used as a marketplace for stall-sellers and then later in the 19th Century as the spot where offenders would be kept in stocks. Today, the building has traded criminals for culture, and serves as a focal point for Warwick and the surrounding area, focusing on the story and history of Warwickshire and how its shifting landscape has helped form the county over the years. This is a must-visit museum for a true taste of Warwickshire's history, and you’ll definitely not want to miss its famous Sheldon Tapestry Map or its large collection of Roman coins.
The Market Hall Museum is located at Market Hall, Market Pl, CV34 4NS. Open 10am-5pm Tues-Sat.
4pm - St. Mary’s Church (Free)

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Set in the heart of Warwick’s historic town centre, this magnificent Norman church was founded in 1123 and is a major local landmark that receives thousands of visitors from around the globe. Famous for its stunning medieval Beauchamp Chapel and its breath-taking stained glass, St. Mary’s is an architectural wonder that must be seen. The church also houses a vast collection of medieval and Tudor tombs, including that of Sir Robert Dudley, a beloved courtier of Queen Elizabeth I.
St. Mary’s is located at Old Square, CV34 4RA.
5pm - Smith Street (Free)

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Take a stroll down Warwick’s oldest shopping street and soak up the eclectic vibe of this quirky quarter. All the shops that line this historic stretch are independently owned, so you’ll be sure to find a gem or two as you take in all the boutiques’ specialty offerings. There truly is something for everyone here, and the area’s blend of old and new makes Smith Street an enticing shopping destination.

Smith Street is located at CV34 4HU.
6:30 pm – The Wild Boar (From £3)

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Warwick is teeming with great pubs and breweries, so it makes sense to unwind after a long day of sightseeing in one of the friendliest pubs in town. Serving up great ales and delicious food, The Wild Boar was founded by the award-winning Slaughterhouse Brewery, which is based in the heart of Warwick itself, so everything you eat and drink here will be a truly authentic to your Warwick experience. Serving hot pies, hearty rolls, and a selection of other delectable goodies, this is the perfect spot to soak up some local colour and polish off your day.
The Wild Boar is located at 27 Lakin Rd, CV34 5BU.
So there we have it, an activity-filled day in Warwick for just £19.50. Don’t delay in booking a ticket and seeing these wonderful sights for yourself!