Explore more in the West Midlands

Home to William Shakespeare and the UK’s second city Birmingham, the West Midlands is steeped in history and culture.

From the rural wonders of Herefordshire and Shropshire to the industrial powerhouses of Staffordshire and Worcestershire, the diversity of the region is what makes it so appealing…

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Walk with monkeys in Staffordshire

West Midlands National Brewery Centre

Discover Burton’s proud brewing heritage on an entertaining tour of the brewery. Witness the whirring machinery in action to see how a beer is produced before sampling a freshly made one (of course!).

Nearest hotel: Best Western Appleby Park Hotel, Tamworth

walk with monkeys in Staffordshire

Trentham Monkey Forest is the only place in the UK where you can walk among 140 freely roaming Barbary macaques in the forest. The monkeys will mesmerise you as they scamper about on the ground and in the trees – and don’t be surprised if they wander onto the path right in front of you!

Nearest hotel: Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford

explore hawkstone park follies

Built more than 200 years ago, this parkland is an otherworldly collection of manmade caves, cliffs, ravines and grottoes centred on Grotto Hill and the Red Castle. Legend has it that it was the home of King Arthur. Take in spectacular views of the Shropshire countryside as you explore.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford

Crooked House Pub

Pubs don’t come much more unusual than this one in Gornalwood near Dudley. When you first set eyes on it, you can’t quite believe it’s still standing as it leans worryingly to the left.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Plough & Harrow, Birmingham

Travel through time at the Back to Back Houses, Birmingham

Tap your feet at Coventry Music Museum

travel through time at the back to back houses

Find out what life was like for Brummies between the 1840s and 1970s in Birmingham’s last surviving courtyard of Back to Back houses. Pop into a tailor’s shop, vintage kitchen and traditional sweet shop. You can even learn some of the skills of days gone by such as rag rugging.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Plough & Harrow Hotel, Birmingham

Conventry music museum

If you’re a pop and rock fan, you’ll be in your element at this quirky museum packed to the rafters with memorabilia from iconic British bands, including The Specials and Madness. There’s even a 1960s sound booth.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Plus Windmill Village Hotel, Golf & Spa

Ride a Venetian gondola along the River Avon

Avoncroft Museum

This quirky collection, now part of Avoncroft Museum, features more than 30 telephone boxes dating back to 1912. It charts the history of Britain’s telecommunications industry and reminds us of the days before mobile phones ruled.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Plough & Harrow Hotel, Birmingham

River avon

Who needs Venice? Stratford-upon-Avon has enough historic charm of its own. Relax and soak up the atmosphere as you drift past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church in a gondola.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Grosvenor Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon
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