Discover Surroundings of Birmingham – Day 5: Picturesque castle and unusual tower

Today you will see an outstanding garden that was carefully thought out when it was created. After you enjoy the collection of things gathered by generations in one of the estates.
Discover Surroundings of Birmingham

Trip duration: 8 days

Anastasia Omelchuk

Sudeley Castle


The construction of the castle dates back to the 10th century, and the appearance of the residential part, mainly of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. The castle has a remarkable garden, which is designed and maintained at a very high level. In 1535, Henry VIII visited the castle with his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who was empty and was left unattended for some time. It is believed that the ghost lives in the castle. This is a tall woman wearing a green Tudor dress. The lady in green who looks out of the window and walks along the green alleys of the garden is considered to be the ghost of Catherine Parr. She was the sixth wife of Henry VIII.

Broadway Tower

Scenic Lookouts

The tower was built at the expense of Lord Coventry. Starting the construction of the Broadway Tower, the Lord believed that the building would act as a kind of beacon for the whole neighborhood in case of unexpected situations. The Broadway Tower has become a Gothic structure and work on it was completed at the very end of the 18th century, in 1797. In 1943, a bomber crashed into Beacon Hills, two hundred meters from the Broadway Tower and a tenant farmer who was also a member of the Royal Observer Corps. The farmer hurried to the crash site and tried to save lives. His deed was marked by Sir W. Churchill.

Eight Bells


Inside this gastro pub is very cozy atmosphere and it feels like this is a very old place. Served quickly and very friendly. You can order "fish and chips" - it will be delicious soft fish and equally tasty potato slices. Good selection of local dishes.

Charlecote Park (NT)


Make a stop in rooms open to visitors in the central part of the house to learn more about the collection gathered by generations of families whose tastes and lifestyle are reflected here. Across the courtyard, you can explore the laundry and brewery, which was once a busy work area. Discover the stables with the carrett family collection, each with its own story. Charlecote Park was built in 1558. The overall plan of an Elizabethan home is now mostly Victorian.

Kedleston Hall

Historic Sites

One of the peaks of British classicism and Palladianism in general, the estate house of the Curzon family, built on the basis of unrealized projects of Palladio in 1759–1763. Scottish architect Robert Adam, originally attracted to stylize garden pavilions for ancient temples, saturated the interiors of the building and the park with countless echoes to the masterpieces of Roman antiquity. In Kedleston, Adam offered the customer an antique installation - the triumphal arch of Constantine, as if transferred from Rome. The arch was simply installed in the center of the park facade. Park opens till 6pm.

Beacon Park


The park located within the 70 acres of beautiful gardens and yards. Here you can find a statue with a surprise connection to the sinking of the Titanic more than a century ago.The statue of Captain Edward John Smith who went down with the Titanic on the passenger liner's ill-fated final voyage in 1912. The river running through the park provides for a pleasant leisurely walk, with a wooded area providing a glimpse of the local wildlife.

The Dial


Discover British cuisine at this restaurant. The Dial is famous for its delicious sirloin stein, scallops and burgers. According to visitors reviews, in this restaurant you can try a good white chocolate cheesecake, Yorkshire pudding and parfait. Most of the guests say that the staff here is great. Bon Appetit!