Tours at Warwick's historic Court House set to return

These free tours around the Grade I listed Court House in Jury Street have been a feature of the summer months in the centre of town for the past six years

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 6:10 am

Tours at Warwick's historic Court House are set to return.

The popular tours organised by Unlocking Warwick, the town council volunteers, will return next month after the Covid-19 rules have changed on May 17 allowing up to 30 people to meet outdoors.

These free tours around the Grade-1 listed Court House in Jury Street have been a feature of the summer months in the centre of town for the past six years.

The socially-distanced tours held last year before the second full lockdown happened. Photo supplied

During the 45-minute tour, guides tell the history of the administration of Warwick since Saxon times, and the construction of the present building on this central site after the Great Fire of Warwick in 1694.

Unlocking Warwick's chair, Karen Parker said: “The first tour will be on the Bank Holiday Saturday at the end of May and then there will be eight more weekend tour dates until mid-September.

"Pubs, restaurants, shops and various attractions in Warwick will have reopened on May 17, so with social distancing observed, we will be pleased to introduce the growing numbers of visitors to the rich history of Warwick on our free tours.

"We'll hope to give guests a quick look at the 18th century town council chamber and the lovely Regency Ballroom in the Court House, as well as outlining Warwick's history from its origins in Anglo-Saxon times.

The socially-distanced tours held last year before the second full lockdown happened. Photo supplied

"We have been conducting these tours for the past six summers, and we know they are much appreciated both by visitors from far and wide, and local residents who want to know more about the Court House and their home town.

"We will be keeping to two-metre social distancing and numbers will be limited, so it will be essential to book in advance”.

The tours start from Pageant Gardens at 11am, and are planned for May 29, June 5, June 19, July 3, July 17, August 7, August 28, September 4 and September 19.

To book a place at the either go to the visitor information centre in the Court House or call them on 01926 492212.