Heart of England Sightseeing, Attractions & Activities Guide

recommended places to visit and things to do in the Heart of England


Alton Towers

Alton

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the most visited theme park in the UK with thrilling rides, an indoor and outdoor waterpark, 2 nine hole themed crazy golf courses and much more

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Stratford-upon-Avon

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set just outside Stratford-upon-Avon, the world famous cottage, with much original furniture, where Shakespeare courted Anne Hathaway

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herbaceous borders, over 80 heritage pear and apple trees, over 100 varieties of snowdrops, display of antique garden equipment, children's garden and a garden trail for younger visitors. Truly, something for everyone

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Stratford-upon-Avon

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  • literature
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explore the birthplace and family home of William Shakespeare, hear tales of contemporary family life, with rare artefacts from the Trust

Warwick Castle

Warwick

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packed with over 1000 years of history and set in splendid grounds, there is plenty to see and do here including, State Rooms, dungeons and falconry

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open for over 35 years, this ever popular farm park invites children to help feed the animals and can hold a newly hatched chick or duckling

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covering a wide range of artists including Botticelli, Turner and Monet, all beautifully displayed with state of the art lighting

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experience an evocative and intimate insight into living in Back to Back housing from the1840s to the 19790s

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a 15 acre oasis of delight. Designed by J. C. Loudon, a leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher, the gardens were opened in 1832. Today, you will find beauty, peace and tranquility

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  • local history

vast collections, telling the story of the last 400,000 years of history. The art galleries include the world-famous Pre-Raphaelite collection, the largest in the country

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  • World Heritage Site
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part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, where all the staff dress in period costume, with a host of restored Victorian buildings including shops, factories and schools

Cadbury World

Birmingham

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Uncover a world of chocolate delights and enjoy a fascinating, fun-packed family day out dedicated to the story of Cadbury and chocolate

Clent Hills

Romsley

  • natural landscape
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set on the edge of the Black Country, a green oasis with panoramic views, geocaching, and perfect picnic spots

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visit this modern masterpiece designed by Sir Basil Spence with the iconic tapestry by Graham Sutherland and the magnificent stained glass windows by John Piper

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  • transport
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opened in 1980, the current collection of vehicles is acknowledged as one of the finest in the world, and the largest in public ownership

Croome

Worcester

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  • aviation
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a secret, wartime airbase now a museum and visitor centre, restored parkland great for walking and with the 18th Century mansion at its centre

Dudmaston

Quatt

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stretching across 3,000 acres of ancient woodland, steeped in history, but with delightful contrasts from the picturesque dingle to the remarkable pieces by Moore and Matisse

Hanbury Hall

Hanbury

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a classic lat 18th Century mansion with political, wall paintings by Sir Jame Thornhill and extensive, relaxed gardens and parkland

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started in 1922 with 63 acres to explore including a magnificent Magnolia Walk, bluebell woods, with peonies and roses in the summer months. A chain of 7 lakes has been surrounded with rare trees and shrubs

Museum of Cider

Hereford

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founded in 1973 to preserve the history of cider making. The extensive collection includes cider mills, presses and advertising memorabilia

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