Warwickshire is a shire county located in the West Midlands. The county town is Warwick but the largest town in Warwickshire is actually Nuneaton. Warwickshire is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of the great bard, William Shakespeare, born in Stratford-upon-Avon which is a huge mecca for tourists interested in literature and history.
Warwickshire is a mix of historic towns and rolling countryside with a patchwork of approved venues consisting of stately homes, impressive mansions, farms, barns and manor houses. For a couple looking for a rural wedding with a grand backdrop then you will be spoilt for choice in Warwickshire.
If a town venue is your wedding preference, then it is almost impossible to overlook Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. This beautiful historic market town is located only ninety miles from north-west London and has a vibrant and colourful community dotted with stunning churches and chapels and unsurprisingly, a strong cultural vibe, perfect for the bride and groom who want to marry surrounded by the romance of literature.
For something a little quieter but still just as beautiful with classic black and white timbered buildings, head just four miles from Stratford-upon-Avon to the pretty village of Welford-upon-Avon, as pretty and historic as Stratford but smaller and quieter. Welford is a good place to accommodate wedding guests if you are getting married in Stratford, it is picturesque with plenty of accommodation and pubs and also lays claim to one of the tallest maypoles in England at 65 feet high.
Warwick is notable for its most amazing castle, a significant seat throughout the centuries with the Earl of Warwick an important figure in royal and parliamentary politics – its gardens alone cover nearly 700 acres. The town of Warwick has been a feature in the county since around 914 AD so it is home to some very fine and quaint architecture but also a vibrant community with a calendar of fairs and festivals, concerts and horse racing. Warwick offers a wide range of approved venues from the uber traditional to the contemporary.
Why not opt for the pretty spa town of Royal Leamington Spa, a historic former Georgian spa resort with elegant crescents, the perfect backdrop for a stylish town wedding. If you want the grandeur and history of Warwick but on a smaller scale then visit Kenilworth which is a lovely town offering an impressive 12th century castle but in a quieter and more local setting than Warwick.
Warwickshire has much offer to couples looking for a stylish alternative to London or who are already based in the West Midlands. This is also a county with excellent travel links not least because it is located just one hundred miles away from the capital and Warwickshire famously has more miles of motorway than any other English county. There are regular train services from London Euston which take between one and two hours and Birmingham International Airport is around twenty to thirty miles away depending on your location.