Like Stratford, the county town is one of those places in England you simply have to see.
This has much to do with Warwick Castle, which is so complete it’s almost overwhelming.
This fortress -turned-stately home is the last word in 14th-century military architecture, and its romantic tales and legends are expertly retold inside.
The town is also a joy, suffused with history and all the better to explore because of its browsable independent shops.
After the castle see half-timbered Lord Leycester Hospital, the Collegiate Church of St Mary where the Earls of Warwick are buried, and the amazing Mill Garden, which looks like a scene from a pre-Raphaelite painting.