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Nuneaton is a fine English Town and is well worth a visit. It is the Birth place of George Elliot who wrote such epics as Mill on the Fosse and Middlemarch. Today it remains attractive, quaint and busy.

The Market that packs the Bustling high street twice a week has about a hundred and fifty stalls on Saturday and one hundred on Wednesday. Nuneaton boasts a very attractive Museum and art Gallery in the centre of the park, just off the city centre.

The park has lovely gardens and wide pathways easy to negotiate in a wheelchair or motor scooter, however a local resident who was a wheelchair user informed me that the camber on some of the paths could be a little unnerving at times, something she had brought to the local Councils attention several occasions.

The tourist information centre is housed in a retro building that is shared with the Local Library, staff there I found helpful and friendly. Points of interest are the Town Hall, the Alms Houses and the museum and Art Gallery (Often used as a backdrop for weddings) and the Ropewalk shopping centre.

Nuneaton was mentioned in the Domesday Book as a Hamlet or very small village.

– Teresa Richards

Settlement in the area dates back to the 1150s with the founding of an abbey church at Eaton for Benedictine nuns and this explains the origins of the town’s name.

Nuneaton grew from the 17th century onwards through coal mining, due to its location at the centre of the Warwickshire coalfields.

One of Nuneaton’s most famous residents was the 19th century author George Eliot, who was born just outside the town and lived in Nuneaton for most of her early life. The town appeared in her novel Scenes of Clerical Life (1858) in the guise of the fictional market town of “Milby”.

The presence of munitions factories in the town made it a target for bombing during the Second World War. The heaviest raid took place on 17th May 1941 when 100 people were killed, 380 houses were destroyed and another 10,000 damaged. As a result of the damage sustained during the war, much of the town centre was rebuilt.

Due to good transport links Nuneaton is largely a commuter town for Coventry and Birmingham. It is home to the largest carnival in Warwickshire which takes place every June.

 

When arriving in Nuneaton consider:

Parking

Public toilets

Rail station with station map ((hover with cursor for images)

Visitors with mobility issues might want to start with the Shopmobility service,  further information on availability please contact D.I.A.L. at the Ramsden Centre, School Walk. Nuneaton.
telephone 024 76349954

Places of interest:
Abbeygate shopping centre:
Arbury Hall: 
Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery: 
Ropewalk shopping centre: 

General information:
http://www.nuneaton.co.uk/

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