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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.


Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery in Riversley Park

"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".

Get in[edit]

Nuneaton is 20 mi (32 km) east of Birmingham.

By car[edit]

The town is close to the M6, M1 and M42 motorways, so is easy to reach by road from anywhere in England.

By train[edit]

1 Nuneaton Station is an important railway junction and is served by trains on the UK West Coast mainline.

Get around[edit]



  • 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 The Felix Holt, 3 Stratford St, CV11 5BS, +44 24 7634 7785. Wetherspoon's pub with meals named after a character created by George Eliot.



Go next[edit]

Routes through Nuneaton
LichfieldTamworth  NW UK road A5.svg SE  Rugby
END  SW UK road A47.svg NE  → Hinckley → Leicester

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