The village is situated 3 miles northwest of Nuneaton town centre but is often considered as a suburb of the town despite being in the North Warwickshire borough. The market town of Atherstone is 4 miles to the northwest.
Hartshill is notable because of the writer Michael Drayton who knew William Shakespeare. Drayton was born at Chapel Cottage in Hartshill Green in 1563. A school in Hartshill bears his name, called Michael Drayton Junior School. Other schools in the village include Hartshill School.
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