A beautifully preserved parish church that is more like a cathedral, the Collegiate Church of St. Mary is in the heart of the picturesque medieval town of Warwick, and well within reach of Warwick’s excellent hotels. The county town of Warwickshire, a region famous for being the birthplace of the internationally acclaimed playwright, William Shakespeare, Warwick has been inhabited since Neolithic times, although the current settlement largely dates back to the early medieval period.
The Collegiate Church of St. Mary has existed for approximately nine centuries, although much of it has been altered and few of its original features survive today. For several centuries, it was an important monastic centre, although monastic activity ceased during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII, and the church had to be rebuilt following the notorious Great Fire of Warwick in 1693. The church was redesigned by the prominent architect William Wilson, who designed many other fine landmarks in England.
Close to a Fantastic Range of Accommodation
If you're visiting the area on a romantic break, you could stay at the delightful Tachbrook Mallory House in the nearby village of Bishop's Tachbrook, or consider the budget friendly and conveniently located Holiday Inn Leamington Spa. If you're visiting for business reasons, try the Ashorne Hill Conference Centre, which provides superb business facilities and is an ideal venue for corporate functions and other special occasions.
Other nearby Attractions
No visit to Warwick would be completing without seeing its magnificent castle, which dates back the Norman period and is one of the most intact medieval landmarks in England. The castle has many superb exhibitions for people of all ages, and is probably best viewed from Castle Bridge, just to the east, where you can enjoy what many people would consider a quintessential 'picture-postcard' view of England.
You can also visit the historic Lord Leycester Hospital, which was once the home of the town's medieval Guilds and provides homes for ex-Servicemen. For your benefit, many Warwick hotels offer free WiFi access and free parking, while higher-end establishments often provide 24-hour room service and luxury spas for your enjoyment.