Clifton upon Dunsmore is situated approximately two miles east of Rugby. It is the most easterly village in the county and lies on the border with Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. The village is said to take its name from its location – ‘Cliffe’ in Saxon signifying rocky ground, and ‘Dunsmore’ on the top of a hill.
The village has its origins in pre-Roman times as an agricultural settlement with Roman remains having been found in the parish. Clifton is recorded in the Domesday Book as possessing a church dedicated to St. Mary. That church no longer exists, though the present one (of the same name) dates back to the 13th century.
There are a number of small shops in the village including Clifton Village Stores, a hairdressers, beauticians and more recently a florists.
The Bull Inn was originally a farmhouse, built in 1598 and in 1825 turned into a public house. There was a second public house in the village, the Red Lion, which was converted into cottages and the Townsend Memorial Hall in the late 19th century.
The village was once home to Rugby Racecourse, which is still used annually for point-to-point races.