Warwickshire is a landlocked non-metropolitan county in the West Midlands region of England. The county town is Warwick, although the largest town is Nuneaton.
Warwickshire came into being as a division of the kingdom of Mercia in the early 11th century. The first reference to Warwickshire was in 1001, as Waeringscir named after Warwick meaning "dwellings by the weir.
Warwickshire is perhaps best known for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare from Stratford-upon-Avon. Even today, road signs at the county boundary describe Warwickshire as "Shakespeare's County".
Things to do
Warwick Castle - Britain's Ultimate Castle, where you'll be surrounded by jaw-dropping history, magic, myth and adventure. Epic adventures for all the family, Stunning scenery, inside and out, Shows, battles and live entertainment, 21st Century food, drink and facilities.
With a variety of mediaeval and Georgian market towns, the glorious river Avon which flows through the magnificent rolling countryside and further to the south the classic landscapes of the Cotswolds, Warwickshire truly is the UK's jewel in the crown.
Stratford upon Avon is a thriving town, internationally renowned as the birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, plus a wealth of other attractions and sightseeing tours.