Atherstone is a market town in the north of Warwickshire.
Atherstone had a population of 8,670 at the 2011 census, and the wider built-up area, including Mancetter, had a population of 10,573. The town's history dates back to Roman times. It was famous for its hatting industry in the 16th century. The Atherstone Ball Game has taken place on Shrove Tuesday in the town for more than 800 years, and has a reputation as a complete free-for-all.
Atherstone is just off the A5. It can be reached by car or by train or bus, with both trains and buses in accessible locations. The 48 bus is the quickest way from Nuneaton to Atherstone.
There are regular buses with signposted stops in the town and several taxi services.
The town's shopping is limited, consisting mainly of charity shops on Long Street, the town's main shopping street.
Long Street has several chip shops.
- The Fish Inn, 62 Long Street. Great fish or chicken and chips, burgers, etc.
There are several pubs.
- The Atherstone Red Lion Hotel, 99 Long St, Atherstone CV9 1BB, ☏ .