Things To Do, Places to Eat and Shopping

Based in the centre of the country, Nelson's Wharf is an ideal base to visit many Midlands destinations to suit all ages including historic houses, castles, cinemas, tenpin bowling, kart tracks, museums, nature reserves, water sports park, shops and literally hundreds of places to eat out:

  • Historic Warwick
  • Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Royal Leamington Spa
  • Rugby
  • Coventry
  • Banbury
  • Birmingham

There are cooking facilities in each pod, stands for disposable barbecues and a fire pit for true alfresco dining. However, Nelson's Wharf is situated on the non-public side of the Grand Union Canal within walking distance of the village of Stockton which has a shop, public house and Chinese takeaway.


There are major rail stations at Rugby and Leamington Spa with major lines to Birmingham and London plus stations in between. Leamington Spa also links with Stratford upon Avon. Both Rugby and Leamington Spa stations are slightly out of the town centre but there is a regular bus service between Rugby and Leamington Spa that runs past our main entrance.


There is plenty of choice for local dining including pubs like The Boat Inn Restaurant and Bar just across the Rugby Road from Nelson's Wharf, Kings Head Napton, The Folly Napton, Crown Inn Stockton, Blue Lias Long Itchington, Dun Cow Dunchurch and others in Southam. The nearest takeaway is Rice and Spice Chinese in Stockton with more takeaways in Southam and Dunchurch.

SHOPPING, (nearest first).

Southam is the local market town just 3 miles from Nelson's Wharf with interesting small shops and food suppliers. There is a Co-op supermarket in the centre of town and a Tesco supermarket on the southern outskirts. Tesco is well hidden so see the local map included in your welcome pack. There are also two garages that sell limited groceries along with fuel.

Rugby is a small town less than 10 miles away. The centre has a number of local trader shops with a small number of chain stores but there is more extensive out of town shopping on the Leicester Road north of the centre at Elliott's Field. Shops include: Tesco, Nike, M&S, TK Max, Halfords, Starbucks, Superdrug, Next, Clarks, Fatface, River Island, Outfit and a number of household shops. There are also eateries to accompany your shopping.

There is another retail park on the other side of Leicester Road called Junction One Retail Park which has shops including Boots, Laura Ashley, Sports Direct, Costa, Currys PC World, Matalan, Range and eateries such as Mcdonalds, KFC, Domino's Pizza and Subway. The park also has a Cineworld cinema.

If you just need a supermarket, then there is a large Sainsburys on the road to Rugby before you get to the town centre. The store also has a cafe and fuel station.

Leamington Spa.
Leamington Spa is 11 miles away and has a large town centre shopping facility with many chain stores, local traders and eateries. Much of it is undercover.
There is an out of town facility close to the canal south of the town centre with a large Sainsburys and other stores including Boots. There is also a bowling alley. It is all easily reachable from the canal if you choose to go to Leamington by cycle or on foot using the canal towpath.

Southam, Rugby and Leamington Spa are all reachable by the No 63 bus from the bus stop near the Boat Inn which is walk-able from Nelson's Wharf.

Warwick is 13 miles away and the other side of Leamington Spa. The town centre shopping has lots of local trader outlets rather than chain stores but it has the attraction of an historic town and the castle is within walking distance. There are plenty of places to eat.

Stratford is some 25 miles away but well worth a visit for shopping combined with tourism. The river adds another dimension to the town and boat trips are a must. Shops include the usual town centre chain stores plus lots of tourist outlets and eateries.

Coventry, Birmingham, Leicester Northampton and Oxford are all larger city centre shopping areas within reasonable driving distance, train or bus travel.