Warwickshire lost a lot of it's territory in 1974 when England's second city of Birmingham was relocated within the new metropolitan county of West Midlands.
The county's administration is centred on the town of Warwick, famous for it's castle, with Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby and Stratford-upon-Avon, home of Shakespeare, being the other major centres.
Warwickshire features such attractions as Warwick and Kenilworth castles, the remains of the 'Forest of Arden', as portrayed by Shakespeare in As You Like It, and the site of the English Civil War battlefield of Edgehill.
The most famous son of Warwickshire is, without doubt, William Shakespeare.
Origin of name: Anglo-Saxon, meaning "The farm by a river dam". War means an offshoot from a larger farm; Wic is a weir or dam, constructed for catching fish.
Places to Visit
Arbury Hall, Nuneaton
Charlecote House, Wellesbourne
Coughton Court, Alcester
Ragley Hall, Alcester
The Shakespeare Houses, Straford-upon-Avon
Upton House, Banbury