Nuneaton is a lively town with a market and shopping centre and has a population of 80,000. It is famous for its association with George Eliot, the 19th century novelist who was born on the Arbury Estate just outside Nuneaton and lived here for much of her early life.
Nuneaton has two non-league football teams of note: Nuneaton Town who are based at Liberty Way and playing the Conference Premier and Nuneaton Griff who are based at The Pingles Stadium and play in the Midland Combination Premier Division. There is also a thriving Sunday League football scene with teams from Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire playing in the Nuneaton & District Sunday Football League.
There are three rugby union clubs in the town: Nuneaton RFC who play in National Division 1, Nuneaton Edwardians who play in Midlands 3 West (South) division and Manor Park of the Midlands 5 West (South) division.
Fans of flat green bowling can join the Nuneaton Bowling Club.
There are also three leisure centre run by the Nuneaton and Bedworth Leisure Trust:
The Pingles Leisure Centre – Includes indoor and outdoor swimming, a dance studio and gym. The Pingles Stadium has a 250 seater stand, a running track and athletics facilities.
Jubilee Sports Centre – A sports hall used for various sports including Badminton, five-a-side indoor football and basketball.
Etone Sports Centre – A sports hall and Astroturf football pitches which can be used for football and hockey.
Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery is located in the grounds of Riversley Park. It has three galleries which house regularly changing temporary and touring exhibitions. There is also a gallery dedicated to George Eliot and two others dedicated to local history and fine art. There is also a small display of objects which belonged to the comedian Larry Grayson.
The Abbey Theatre, run by volunteers, seats 250 and hosts a busy schedule throughout the year.
The town has excellent transport links, being close to the M6, M42, M69 and A5 trunk road. The A444 provides a high-speed route out to the south of the city including access to the M6 and Coventry. The A47 links the town with Leicestershire.
Nuneaton railway station, located in the town centre, is a major railway junction served by the West Coast Mainline and the Birmingham to Leicester line. There is also a line to Coventry via Bedworth. There are also plans to build a new station at Bermuda Park in the south of the town as part of a new line linking Nuneaton, Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington.
The nearest international airports are East Midlands and Birmingham International.
The multi-million pound two-floor Rope Walk Shopping Centre includes high street retailers as does the Abbeygate Shopping Centre.