Though small and fairly quiet, Nuneaton's excellent location means it is in range of excellent shopping, dining, nightlife and outdoor opportunities in nearby Coventry, Warwick and Leamington Spa, and the region also plays host to a number of interesting attractions and fun yearly festivals.
Shopping in Nuneaton
The two main shopping centres in Nuneaton itself are Abbeygate Shopping Centre and Ropewalk Shopping Centre. Both are useful for day-to-day shopping.
For more of an excursion, residents of Nuneaton can take a trip to nearby Birmingham, about half-an-hour's train ride away, to experience the city's excellent shopping. Of particular note is The Bullring & Grand Central in Birmingham. A megamall made up of two shopping centres are connected by a link bridge, it is the UK's largest city-centre shopping mall.
We also highly recommend Leamington Spa, a picturesque little town about 40 minutes south of Nuneaton that offers both boutique and high-street shopping. Must-visit shopping centres in this area include Regent Court Shopping Centre and Royal Priors Shopping Centre.
Entertainment and leisure in Nuneaton
Those who enjoy a good brew will be right at home among the town's various pubs and ale houses. Those looking for more exciting nightlife might find that nearby Coventry and Birmingham hold a greater range of options.
Leamington Spa also has plenty of entertainment options, and is especially recommended for those looking for a bit of pampering. True to its roots as a spa town in the 18th century, Leamington remains a top spot for spas and salons.
Coventry, meanwhile, is a treasure trove for those who love culture, history and architecture. The medieval-era Coventry Cathedral is a spot of great significance, having been restored to its former glory following a WWII bombing that left it in ruins.
Outdoor activities in Nuneaton
Nuneaton has a number of picturesque parks that offer a moment of respite from the hubbub of everyday life. Walking, running, cycling and, in the summer months, picnicking, are wonderful activities to while away an afternoon.
Beyond Nuneaton, Warwick has a particularly lovely selection of parks and gardens. One of the area's most popular green spaces is St. Nicholas' Park, which has a boating lake, BMX track, skate park, leisure club, funfair and adventure golf course.
For those looking for more rigorous activity, joining a local sports club might be just the ticket. The Alan Higgs Centre and Attleborough Sports Club both come recommended for football and cricket.
See and do in Nuneaton
Arbury Hall is a Georgian Gothic mansion situated in vast parklands. Dubbed the 'Gothic gem' of the Midlands, this centuries-old mansion is a must-see for history and architecture buffs. It is also notable as having been the birthplace of writer George Eliot (real name Mary Ann Evans), as well as being the basis for the setting of her short-story collection titled Scenes of a Clerical Life.
Coventry Transport Museum
The Coventry Transport Museum takes visitors on a journey through the development of modern transportation, beginning with bicycles in the 19th century and leading up to the latest and greatest in cars. Getting the chance to see penny-farthing bicycles and F1 race cars up close is a real treat.
Hartshill Hayes Country Park
This beautiful woodland area is at its best in spring, when bluebells bloom throughout the park, but it's a lovely place to get a breath of fresh air all year round. There's an adventure play area to keep the kids entertained, while parents can enjoy some refreshments at the tea kiosk.
Nuneaton Museum and Gallery
A fantastic way for newcomers to learn about local art and history, the Nuneaton Museum and Gallery has a range of temporary and permanent exhibits about notable people and events of the town. This includes an entire exhibit devoted to the town's most famous resident, author George Eliot.
With a long and colourful history dating all the way back to the 11th century, Warwick Castle is well worth a visit. A number of attractions at the castle are created specifically for children, including a maze, interactive trail and play zone, making it the perfect place for a family day out.
Royal Leamington Spa
Commonly known as Leamington Spa or just Leamington. This lovely little town gets its name from the River Leam, which flows through the middle of it. A regency town, Leamington Spa is filled with specialist shops and boutiques, great spas and salons, a good selection of eateries, and it's dotted with breathtaking green spaces perfect for walks and picnics. The town also boasts fantastic Georgian and Victorian architecture, and a number of cultural and entertainment attractions. It's been said to have ‘the best bits of London, all in a 10-minute walk’.
What's on in Nuneaton
Nuneaton Festival of Art (February–May)
All forms of art are celebrated at this vibrant festival, which spans several months. Included in the diverse programme are competitions, exhibitions, classes and presentations.
Leamington Food Festival (September)
Showcasing the best in local and regional cuisine, the Leamington Food Festival is a treat for the taste buds with a range of exhibitors taking part. The Live Cookery Theatre hosts fascinating demonstrations, and attendees in the mood for a bit of music with their grub will be able to enjoy some entertainment at the bandstand.
Nuneaton 10k (September)
Hosted by the Nuneaton Harriers, the Nuneaton 10k is an annual timed and measured race beginning outside Town Hall. The flat, multi-lap setup of the run is ideal for beginners moving towards longer distances as well as more experienced runners aiming to beat their personal best.
Kick off the festive season by watching the switching on of the Nuneaton Christmas lights before shopping up a storm at the town's traditional Christmas markets.