Timber-framed houses, aren't they cute?
Warwick boasts many beautiful examples of half-timbered houses, dating back to Tudor times. You can come across them in the main streets as well as in some narrow passages, like the one leading to the Church of St Mary. Their beautiful, sometimes intricate and curving, designs
delight the eye. The wonderfully ornate building in the picture can be found in the square at the back of the museum, but I haven't been able to trace its history.
Some of those buildings may be crooked with age, but this only shows that they have not been tampered with, which adds to their irresisible charm.
What to bring with?
Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling. Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing.
Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for this type of weather, and they are a godsend!
Wear flat shoes that have a good grip, as when it is snowing, and afterwards, when it is sludge, it's really difficult to walk and keep your balance!
Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses. Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc. Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension. Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars
The Saxon Mill at Guys Cliffe
Just out of walking distance from the town, but a three pound taxi ride is worth it (go for lunch).
If you're driving, head towards Leamington and turn left at the Crown & Castle onto the Coventry Road, past the railway station, carry on over an island and as you hit the countryside it's on the right.
The Saxon Mill has just been tastefully refitted and is now more of a classy restaurant with a bar but even so the setting is stunning.
Outside of Warwick on the banks of the Avon with the derelict Guys Cliffe House over the river this is a beautiful place. http://www.guyscliffehouse.co.uk/
There has been a water-mill here from Saxon times and the pub is in the old mill.
Warwick Castle is one of the largest castle in Britain and one of the largest in Europe. Like many military structures found throughout the country, it was enlarged and modified over the centuries. In fact, the Norman built defenses here back in the 11th century. Parts of that earliest fortification can be seen far to the right in the picture.
The part of the castle seen in the photo is where the Great Hall is. There, in the 14th Century when it was first built, elaborate meals were served for the Lord and his guests. Though a fire ravaged much of the interior in 1871, it was meticulously restored and today, is a must see for any visitors to the area.
Enjoy the views
Once you climb up Guy's Tower here at Warwick Castle, you can get some great views of the town below. It's really awesome to see all the old-fashioned Tutor buildings and narrow little streets. If you can manage the long flights of stairs up and down these turrets, you can sit back for a bit and soak up the sun (if there is any).