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Attractions in the West Midlands

The Attractions in the West Midlands vary greatly from its wonderful rural landscapes and farmlands to the great industrial heritage contained within its cities, the largest being Birmingham which is England’s second biggest city. The Industrial Revolution has left the West Midlands with a wealth of interesting attractions for visitors to the region such as the Black Country Museum, Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Caverns, Ironbridge and pottery museums. The West Midlands is also home to England’s famous son William Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon is a magnet to thousands of visitors from all over the globe each year. At Worcester sitting on the river Severn there is the Cathedral and its connection to Edward Elgar. For the train enthusiasts there are steam trains such as the  Churnet Valley Railway and the Foxfield Light Railway. With castles, stately homes, museums and abbeys to explore there is plenty to keep you occupied when visiting the West Midlands.

Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon is a picturesque town beautifully situated on the river with a wealth of black and white timber framed buildings. It is, of course, most famous for being the birthplace of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare….Read more

Cadbury World

Cadbury World is a one-way self-guided tour. Cadbury World opened on 14th August 1990, on Cadbury’s Bournville manufacturing site, and has expanded and developed its content through ‘continuous improvement’. Cadbury World has gone on to become one of Birmingham’s largest leisure attractions…..Read more

Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway is a heritage railway in Shropshire and Worcestershire, England. The 16-mile (26 km) line runs along the Severn Valley from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, following the course of the River Severn for much of its route…..Read more

Ironbridge

Ironbridge is a small town on the River Severn, at the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge, in Shropshire, England. It lies in the civil parish of The Gorge, in the borough of Telford and Wrekin. Ironbridge developed beside, and takes its name from, the famous Iron Bridge, a 30 metre (100 ft) cast iron bridge…..Read more

Black Country Living Museum

Discover a fascinating world when you visit this urban heritage park in the shadow of Dudley Castle at the heart of the Black Country. Historic buildings from all around the Black Country have been moved and authentically rebuilt at the Museum, to create a tribute to the traditional skills and enterprise of the people that once lived in the heart of industrial Britain…..Read more

Alton Towers

Alton Towers is a theme park and resort located in Staffordshire, England. It attracts around 2.7 million visitors per year making it one of the most visited theme parks in the United Kingdom, after Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Alton Towers is also the 9th most visited theme park in Europe…..Read more

Wightwick Manor

Wightwick Manor is a Victorian manor house located on Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England, and one of only a few surviving examples of a house built and furnished under the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement. Wightwick was built by Theodore Mander……Read more

Warwick Castle

William the Conqueror built the first castle at Warwick, in 1068. Over the years the castle was gradually rebuilt in stone, and by the late 14th century Thomas de Beauchamp had finished an extensive building programme that transformed the defences of the castle…..Read more

Moseley Old Hall

Find out about the dramatic story of King Charles II hiding from Cromwell’s troops at Moseley Old Hall after he fled the Battle of Worcester in 1651.See the bed on which the King slept and the priest hole in which he hid, and hear fascinating stories about what life was like in the 17th-century. You can soak up the atmosphere on one of our popular guided tours……Read more

Hanbury Hall and Gardens

Built in 1701 by Thomas Vernon, a lawyer and whig MP for Worcester, Hanbury Hall is a beautiful country house.Inside, a mix of interiors await to be discovered, from the restored Hercules rooms and recreated Gothic corridor, to the recently re-decorated smoking room and stunning staircase wall-paintings by Sir James Thornhill which underwent major restoration work in 2010 and look magnificent……Read more

Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood

Two totally different experiences sitting side by side.The country home of the Lords Vernon, a delight of 17th-century craftsmanship, featuring exquisite plasterwork, wood carvings and classical story-based murals. Be amazed by the grandeur of the Great Staircase and Long Gallery.The Museum of Childhood is a delight for all ages with something for everyone…..Read more

Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

Kinver‘s woodland sandstone ridge offers dramatic views across surrounding counties and miles of heathland walking country. The famous Holy Austin Rock Houses, which were inhabited until the 1950s, are open to visitors at selected times. See what life was like for the people who lived at the Rock Houses. Come and marvel at the homes that people carved out for themselves in the hillside at Kinver…..Read more

Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral sits in a beautiful position overlooking the River Severn at Worcester. Built originally as Worcester Priory, its official name is The Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Mary the Virgin of Worcester. One does not need to know much about history or architecture to enjoy the splendour that is Worcester cathedral a visit here is always an enjoyable experience…..Read more

Elgar Birthplace Museum

Edward Elgar was born in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire on 2nd June 1857 and he lived here in this house until his family moved to nearby Worcester two years later. Elgar was the fourth of the seven children born to William and Anne Elgar. William was a professional piano-tuner and music played a large part of all the children’s lives. By the age eight Elgar was taking piano and violin lessons….Read more

Acton Scott Working Farm

Acton Scott Working Farm is set in the beautiful rural countryside of Shropshire in the village of Acton Scott near Church Stretton. The area lies in the Shropshire Hills which are an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Farm, which featured in the BBC series Victorian Farm, is a wonderful visitor attraction and family day out…..Read more

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is dedicated to the history of Aviation and in particular that of the R.A.F. It is one of two sites, the other being at Colindale, near Hendon, in North London. Cosford opened on 1st may 1979 and was one of the R.A.F. stations which had been used to store the museum’s collection of aircraft…..Read more

Haughmond Abbey

Haughmond Abbey is a ruined, medieval, Augustinian monastery a few miles from Shrewsbury, England. It was probably founded in the early 12th century. Dissolved in 1539, its site is in the care of English Heritage and is open to the public.The extensive remains of an Augustinian abbey, including its abbots’ quarters, refectory and cloister……Read more

Heritage Motor Centre

The Heritage Motor Centre motor museum in Warwickshire is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars. Visitors can uncover the story of the British motor industry with our fun and interactive exhibitions.Great days out for the family with children’s activity packs and Warwickshire school holiday activities. There are free guided museum tours twice a day and outdoor activities including a children’s play area, picnic site and Land Rover Experience . .. ..Read more

Coalport China Museum

One of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, the Coalport China Museum presents the history of Coalport China, a fine English Chinaware. It is situated in the village of Coalport on the banks of the River Severn in Shropshire. It is located in a World Heritage Site, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The factory was based here between 1795 to 1926, today there are demonstrations of traditional ceramic techniques and the buildings house the kilns that fire the pottery…..Read more

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle is situated in Kenilworth, Warwickshire and has been described as “the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form and quality of workmanship”.Enjoy a great day out in Warwickshire at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden. One of the largest historic attractions in the West Midlands, the whole family will enjoy exploring the spectacular castle ruins.….Read more

Stokesay castle

Stokesay Castle is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Set in peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, the castle, timber-framed gatehouse and parish church form an unforgettably picturesque group…..Read more

Witley Court and Gardens

The vast remains of this palatial 19th century mansion, surrounded by magnificent landscaped gardens & containing huge stone fountains, provide a great day out in Worcestershire. The largest fountain, representing Perseus and Andromeda and now restored – was described in its day as making the ‘noise of an express train’ when fired….Read more

Wenlock Priory

The tranquil ruins of Wenlock Priory stand in a picturesque setting on the fringe of beautiful Much Wenlock. An Anglo-Saxon monastery was founded here in about 680 by King Merewalh of Mercia, whose abbess daughter Milburge was hailed as a saint. Her relics were miraculously re-discovered here in 1101, attracting both pilgrims and prosperity to the priory…..Read more

Wroxeter Roman City

Wroxeter (or ‘Viroconium’) was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. It began as a legionary fortress and later developed into a thriving civilian city. Though much still remains below ground, today the most impressive features are the 2nd century municipal baths, and the remains of the huge wall dividing them from the exercise hall in the heart of the city…..Read more

Photo : Wroxeter Roman City. Author -Alastair Rae

Dudley Canal Tunnel & Limestone Mines

The Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Caverns are operated by the Dudley Canal Trust who operate a selection of tours through the Tunnels and limestone workings that were an integral part of the 19th Century Industrial Heritage of the Black Country. On the tours you will witness history dating back 420 million years…..Read more

Photo : Dudley_Canal_Tunnel_Southern_Portal.Author – Harrias

National Motorcycle Museum

Sitting on an 8 acre site in Bickenhill, Solihull, England, the National Motorcycle Museum houses the largest collection of British motorcycles in the world, over 850.The National Motorcycle Museum is recognised as the finest and largest motorcycle museum in the world. The museum was founded by Roy Richards, who started to collect British motorcycles in the 1970s…..Read more

Churnet Valley Railway

Be transported back to the classic days of rail travel on the Churnet Valley Railway as it passes through the rural landscape of Staffordshire, also known as “Little Switzerland” and enjoy the picturesque stations along the route. The return journey is a 10½ mile long trip along the valley and there’s a taste of contrasting moorland scenery…..Read more

Foxfield Light Railway

The Foxfield Railway began life as a form of transportation for coal from the colliery replacing the tramway and packhorses. Schemes to build a railway here constantly failed and therefore the colliery took the matter into their own hands and between 1892 – 1893 the railway was built using local labour provided by the North Staffordshire Railway employees at weekends and using second-hand materials…..Read more

West Midlands Safari & Leisure Park

The West Midlands and Leisure Park offers an exciting day out in Bewdley, Worcestershire. There is a 4 mile drive-through Safari Park set in 100 acres in which visitors can drive their own cars or travel on one of the guided mini tours. There are over 165 species of exotic animals and on the safari, visitors can see about 600 animals from 40 different species from Europe, Africa, North America and Asia…..Read more

Shugborough Estate

The mysterious Shugborough Estate is the ancestral home of the Earls of Lichfield. The fine Georgian mansion house, with magnificent views over riverside garden terraces, features stunning collections of porcelain…..Read more

Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo is set in 80 acres in the countryside of Leicestershire close to the border with Warwickshire and houses the largest collection of species of monkeys and apes in the world, it is known as “Twycross Zoo – The World Primate Centre”. It is the only British zoo to exhibit all four species of the Great Ape,…..Read more

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