Nuneaton is the largest town in Warwickshire, with a population in 2011 of 86,552. It was heavily bombed in the Second World War and rebuilt in typically unsympathetic post-war style. Its best-known landmark is Mount Judd (aka the "Nuneaton Nipple"), a 518-foot spoil heap.
"Eaton" means a settlement next to water, and the "nun" was added when a Benedictine nunnery was founded in the 12th century. In the 17th century Nuneaton manufactured silk ribbons, and in the 19th century it became a coal-mining town. That era was captured by George Eliot (penname of Mary Ann Evans, 1819 – 1880); born locally, her novels depict rural provincial life as it becomes challenged by the march of industry, and they refer to the town as "Milby".
Nuneaton is 20 mi (32 km) east of Birmingham.
The town is close to the M6, M1 and M42 motorways, so is easy to reach by road from anywhere in England.
- 1 Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, Coton Road, Riversley Park, Nuneaton, CV11 5TU, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Permanent displays related to George Eliot and local history. Temporary and touring exhibitions.
- 1 The Abbey Theatre, Pool Bank St, CV11 5DB. Theatre seating 248, opened in 1969, mainly run by volunteers.
- 2 Pingles Leisure Centre, Avenue Rd, CV11 4LX. Includes a gym and swimming baths.
- 1 Ropewalk Shopping Centre, Chapel St, CV11 5TZ, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Sat: 7:00am-7:00pm; Sun: 9:30am-5:30pm. Multi-storey shopping centre that sells clothing, jewellery, food and electronics. .
- Buy market produce at the market in the town centre.
- 1 The Felix Holt, 3 Stratford St, CV11 5BS, ☏ . Wetherspoon's pub with meals named after a character created by George Eliot.
|Routes through Nuneaton|
|Lichfield ← Tamworth ←||NW SE||→ Rugby|
|END ←||SW NE||→ Hinckley → Leicester|