Free Time at Warwick
Even if I am a full-time undergraduate student, I have a total of 12 hours of seminars and lectures per week and that leaves me plenty of time for study and for recreation. I have assembled a list of the top 5 cities I like to visit during weekends and the activities I am able to discover and enjoy in my free time.
1. LONDON (1-2 hours away)
While Paris might always be a good idea, London is much closer and it provides a lot of fun activities and spots. I go to London almost every weekend (even 4 days sometimes, from Thursday evening until Sunday, as I also have Fridays off) as my boyfriend lives there, and I can easily declare it is one of my favourite cities in the world. Yes, Paris remains my favourite, however, London definitely has magic encrusted along its streets and buildings. My absolute favourite activity is sightseeing: getting on a ride on the London Eye, seeing The Buckingham Palace, taking pictures of the lovely colourful houses and antique shops in Notting Hill, taking a stroll or watching and feeding the swans in Hyde Park and during Christmas going to the Winter Wonderland and taking rides in the rollercoasters, watching the Tower Bridge at night. I am also a major art enthusiast and some of the museums/libraries/ art galleries I have visited in London are The British Museum, The British Library, The Guildhall Art Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Modern. The next ones I have on my bucket list are The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, The Sky Garden and so on. If you enjoy going to parties Ministry of Sound might be just the right place for you to have an unforgettable night out.
2. MANCHESTER (2- 2 1/5 hours away)
Your best friend living two hours away definitely has its perks. I do think Warwick University is situated perfectly in the middle of the UK, therefore, is close to almost every big and exciting city in England. My top spots and activities in Manchester include The Manchester Art Gallery, The Imperial War Museum, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Albert’s Square, The BBC headquarters in Salford, the Trafford Center, The Arndale Shopping Center and for nightlife: Revolucion De Cuba, Sound Control, Factory. Joshua Brooks was an experience I will never try again, so keep that in mind when considering going out during nighttime.
3. BIRMINGHAM (35 mins away)
I have been to Birmingham only two times until now and both times were during November-December, thus Christmas time and of course, Birmingham Christmas Market was on and running. There is definitely something about Birmingham that makes you fall in love with it instantly, I guess it is mostly about its utterly modern architecture. I have not been in Birmingham to many places, mostly malls and eating corners: Birmingham New Street Station, The Bulling Shopping Center, Birmingham Christmas Market, Birmingham Town Hall, The Mailbox. Extremely useful tip: blackberry mulled wine is a must during Christmas at one of the Market’s shops.
4. LEAMINGTON SPA (20 mins away)
Most of you already know that Leamington Spa is one of the closest cities to our university and that is why many students choose this as their second and third year home. Each time I go to Leam I find it so beautiful: sophisticated white architecture, a mix of medieval-modern streets, immense parks, lots of shops and vintage shops as well, a cute tiny shopping center and it goes on. My favourite spots in Leam are the Jephson Gardens, the Victoria Park, the Royal Pump Rooms, the Mill Garden, the British Motor Museum, the All Saints Church. For nightlife: Neon, Smack, Altoria.
5. STRATFORD-UPON-AVON (1 hour away)
I went to Stratford once, last December and I must say I had a lot of fun: from visiting the Shakespear Center to walking alongside the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal. The Holy Trinity Church, Hall’s Croft, The Butterfly Farm, The Bancroft Gardens are some other touristic points worth seeing.