WARWICKSHIRE, ENGLAND

Situated at the very heart of England, the County's diversity from rolling countryside to thriving industry, all packed into 750 square miles, reflects the variety of geology, wildlife and human heritage which have brought Warwickshire to where it is today.

Its central location has influenced the development of an excellent transport system. Now by road or rail London is only an hour away and the nearby Birmingham International Airport provides links to the rest of the world for business and tourists alike. Warwickshire can also boast an extensive canal network, developed 200 years ago for industry, now a valuable recreational resource.

Plenty of other activities are catered for such as first class golf courses, race courses, theatres, cinemas and local leisure centres and these are shortly to be supplemented by the creation of a new opera house.

Many visitors to the County are drawn by its literary heritage centred on Shakespeare, George Eliot and Rugby School of "Tom Brown's Schooldays" fame. Once here they soon discover much more. The timber-framed cottages, the diverse array of stately homes and castles, with Warwick Castle possibly the finest, while the industrial heritage provides a contrasting draw, as new visitor centres open which feature aspects of the motor industry. Tourism is now a major local industry but in marked contrast "hi-tech" companies, lead by multinational IBM, are moving onto new technology parks helping to lead Warwickshire into the next stage of its evolution. Many facilities are provided for those who live and work here such as a full range of housing, schools, colleges, universities, public transport and council services. There are councillors at Parish, District and County level together with Members of Parliament who are there to help with residents' concerns.

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