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  • 1. History of Nuneaton

    Nuneaton dates from the 12th century when the town was built up around a Benedictine nunnery. The market, which is still held today was established in 1233. The town became a large textile centre during the industrial revolution in the 19th century, also developing brick and tile making and brewing industry.

  • 2. Now in Nuneaton

    Today Nuneaton is the largest town in the county of Warwickshire and the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth. It is most well-known for its association with author George Eliot, who based fictional town “Milby” on Nuneaton. Since the decline in the textile and manufacturing industries post-war, it has largely become a commuter town for Birmingham and Coventry.

  • 3. Events in Nuneaton

    The Nuneaton Carnival is the largest in Warwickshire, and takes place here every June. The event has taken place since 1930, and raises money for local charities. The town also enters Britain in Bloom annually, and was a national finalist in 2000.

  • 4. Attractions in Nuneaton

    Arbury Hall, known as the Gothic Gem of the Midlands, is a stately home which, as well as its gardens, is open to the public during bank holiday weekends. The estate was home to author George Eliot, who was born here in 1819. Nearby Bosworth Battlefield is the perfect place to explore the history of the area, starting with the site of the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

  • 5. Things To Do in Nuneaton

    There are three leisure centres in the town, which are maintained by the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council; the Pringles Leisure Centre, Jubilee Sports Centre and Etone Sports Centre. At these all sports activities are covered: with swimming, badminton, karate lessons, dance and athletics all catered for. The grounds of Riversley Park are home to a museum and art gallery, o...Read morepen spaces and formal gardens, as well as the George Eliot Memorial Garden.Shopping opportunities can be found at the Ropewalk Shopping Centre and Abbeygate Shopping Centre in the centre of the town. Read less

  • 6. Business in Nuneaton

    Economics and distribution form a large part of the Nuneaton economy, with MIRA Limited, being based on a disused wartime airfield to the north of the town. The headquarters of health food chain Holland & Barrett are based in the town, as are the distribution centres of RS Components and Dairy Crest.

  • 7. Transport in Nuneaton

    Nearby motorways are the M6, M42 and M69, and the A444 is a dual-carriageway from the south into the town, and acts as a ring road. Nuneaton is linked to nearby Hinckley and on to Leicester by the A47. Nuneaton railway station is near to the town centre, and provides direct rail services to Birmingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bedworth. It is an important railway junction, with ...Read morethe third highest level of interchange passengers in the Midlands, after Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Nuneaton

    There is plenty of entertainment available in Nuneaton, with an Odeon Cinema showing the latest blockbusters, and the Lakeside Superbowl Bowling Alley, where you can hold parties, corporate events or just play a quick game.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Nuneaton

    A famous local landmark is Mount Judd, in the north-west of the town. It is a large mound of quarry waste formed when the Judkins Quarry was dug out. Another well-known site near Nuneaton is Arbury Hall, birthplace of the writer George Eliot, with whom the town is closely associated.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Nuneaton

    Nuneaton's Roanne Fountain, also known as the Dandelion Fountain, was built in the millennium year and has 385 spraying arms, pumping 50,000 gallons of water per hour.

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