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Discover Surroundings of Birmingham

Road Trip Route. Explore estates with a rich history, Get adrenaline by visiting an amusement park, Take a walk on the floor where Shakespeare walked.

This trip is diverse and exciting and just won't let you get bored. Ride from the city center to the picturesque hinterlands and have dinner in a beautiful restaurant, everything you need. You will visit places filled with history of both: people and whole generations. You will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the parks of the neighborhood of Birmingham and visit the house where Shakespeare was born. Will get to know the majestic cathedrals, which do not leave you apathetic.

Uninhabited Nature, History and Culture. From: Birmingham

Anastasia Omelchuk. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Welcome to Birmingham

Today you will visit only one point of interest, but it will help you to gradually get into the rhythm of your journey. You will spend the evening in a beautiful restaurant.

Birmingham Cathedral and Churchyard

This cathedral can not be called old, it was built in 1715, when the nearby church of St. Martin became too small. The project of the church was designed by Thomas Archer. Archer was in Rome, and his project bears a noticeable imprint of Baroque style and strong Italian influence. The cathedral is a beautiful pipe organ, part of which dates from the year the cathedral was built 1715. The stained glass windows by the artist Edward Burne - Jones attract much attention as well.

Asha's Contemporary Indian Cuisine

Review from visitor: "The best authentic Indian cuisine in the city. Try their virgin Mojito. Butter chicken plus Saffron rice. The Executive Lunch Menu is the best in town so far. And I simply adore the staff here".

Day 2: Immersion in the history of Birmingham

Today you will get to know Birmingham, but first you will visit the house where Shakespeare was born and walk along the floor that he used to walk on.

Shakespeare's Birthplace

The house where Shakespeare was born and lived in his youth and his family still stands on Henley Street. Inside are presented relics from the life of the poet. The house has not changed, the only thing that was pulled down are two other neighboring houses adjacent to it, because of the danger of fire. The floor in the building is the real one, the genius himself walked along it. This floor is more than 3 centuries old.

Victoria Square

The heart of the English town is Victoria Square, its name received recently in 1901, when established a monument to the English Queen Victoria. The largest buildings of the majestic area is the Town Hall and the building of the City Council. At the end of the 20th century there was a lively traffic interchange. Only in 1992, the city authorities decided to make this place comfortable for pedestrians.

St Martin's

On this square is located the Church of St. Martin. This is a fairly young building, it was built on the site of the old, only in 1873, and its appearance is the result of the Victorian Gothic fashion. The church is functional, the time of worships varies. During the worships are not allowed to visit the building. Admission is free and open to all. Bull Ring Square is a very old place, it is one of the oldest market squares in the city. Once, bulls were slaughtered and cattle were sold on this square, that is how appear the name of the place.

Original Patty Men

Here you can try some good bacon cheeseburgers, pickled cabbage and glazed bacon. Many guests come here to order tasty cooked donuts, brioches and cheesecake. Enjoy delicious meal on the terrace. Most visitors say that the staff is energetic. Amazing service is a big plus of this place.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

For the first time, institutions opened in 1885 and until 1946 existed only on donations from patrons. Only after the war, the organizers of the expositions managed to attract the attention of the authorities to their meetings, and now the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery receive the support of the city administration. Today, the museum has more than 40 galleries, each of those invites you on a journey through the milestones of world history and culture. Ancient India and Latin America, Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt.

Aston Park

Construction of Aston Hall began in 1618, and lasted as much as 17 years. In 1643, after the attack of the Parliamentary army, the building was badly damaged, and a lot of the damage is still visible here. Aston Hall is a full-fledged museum. In 1878, a collection of art works was transported here, and the Museum of Weapons moved here. In 1930, the building was restored and turned into a full-fledged museum in which tourists can see pieces of furniture, textiles, some paintings of those times, as well as enjoy the atmosphere of the 17th century.

Great Western Arcade

Great Western shopping arcade is one of the most popular and historic shopping centers in Birmingham. They were built in 1876 as a picturesque temple in the Victorian architectural style. Currently they are on the Grade II list of the best monuments. Here you can find a wide selection variety of high quality retail products.

Purnells

At Purnells, you can taste British and French cuisine. The wine list is very diverse here. Many visitors of the restaurant often order delicious chocolate frappe. In this place you will like the excellent interior and cozy atmosphere. Creative cuisine, beautifully decorated dishes, attentive staff, but most of all you will be interested in a wonderful combination of tastes.

Day 3: Incredible estates and gardens

Today you will find yourself in the botanical garden surrounding the house, which used to be residential. Will visit the Abbey, the cathedral and the estate.

Winterbourne House & Garden

Winterbourne Botanical Garden is a rare surviving example of a suburban garden attached to a villa dating back to the early 20th century. The Winterbourne House, around which the garden is located, was built in 1904 and remained a private property until 1944. It was at that time when John Macdonald Nicholson bequeathed the house and garden to the University of Birmingham. On the territory there is also a souvenir shop, shops selling plants and used books, an exhibition gallery. Here you can find something to your taste.

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey has a very interesting history, it is a preserved building of an old Augustinian monastery, which was founded in the 12th century. Subsequently, the monastery was dissolved by order of Henry VIII, at the beginning of the 18th century the building was almost completely rebuilt. Over the past 300 years, the old mansion belonged to the Harpur family, and in 1985 the last of its owners died, after the mansion passed into the possession of the state and was open to the public.

The Green House

Waiters offer appetizing salmon, chicken pies and pork belly. Many guests are advised to order good pudding, brownies and crumble here. Great service is a big plus of this place. The prices here are attractive. You will appreciate the cozy atmosphere and first-class interior.

Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral one of the three cathedrals of Great Britain, with three spiers, the corresponding difference for the episcopal church, to which the entire Midlands used to belong. The church stands on the site of the tomb of St. Chad, a deeply revered English bishop. The western side of the cathedral is decorated with more than a hundred statues of biblical characters, English kings and the progenitors of Christ, some of those date from the 13th century, but most of them are of Victorian time, replacing the originals destroyed by Cromwell's troops.

The Trentham Estate

For several centuries, the gardens of Trentham Hall have been reworked several times. In 1759, one of the best landscape architects of the 18th century, Lancelot Brown, laid out a landscape park around lake belonging to the estate. In 2004, the upper part of the Italian Garden was restored, and the lower part was interpreted in the modern style of the new wave. There is always something to suit everyone no matter what the day, season or weather you will be here.

The Iron Bridge

At the beginning of the 18th century, only ferries existed across the River Severn. They were not enough for the transport of industrial goods, that is why there was an acute question about the construction of a new bridge, and one that would not detain with navigation on the river. The first cast-iron arched bridge in the world, a revolutionary construction for its time, which became a monument to the industrial revolution of the 18th century. Protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Fiesta del Asado

Try Argentinean cuisine at this restaurant. In the menu, pay attention to the amazing steak fillet, asado and tenderloin. Many customers claim that Malbec, Lager or Amaretto is a good wine in this place. The good location of this place allows you to easily reach it. Also, many guests note that the staff at this restaurant is very friendly.

Day 4: Cozy houses and beautiful gardens

Today there will be a trip to the cozy surroundings of Birmingham. The estate is owned by an aristocratic family, a house with a beautiful garden where roses grow and the old mill from 1542, which still works.

Saint Nicolas Place

This place is a beautiful and amazing historical oasis in the suburbs of Birmingham. The current Cathedral of St. Nicholas dates from the beginning of the 13th century, as recorded in ancient documents. The church has been repeatedly restored and expanded. The spire of the church was built between 1446 and 1475, and was twice subjected to lightning strikes. St. Nicholas Church is famous for its bell tower, consisting of ten bells, two of them have existed since the middle of the 15th century.

Hanbury Hall NT

Hanbury Hall is an aristocratic family estate, which was transferred to the National Fund after the death of the last owner in the middle of the 20th century. For nearly three hundred years, the house passed down from one family member to another. Many of the interior elements and furniture did not belong to the Vernon family, but were brought into the estate by employees of the National Foundation for the Preservation of Historical Heritage.

Packwood House

The earliest mention of Packwood dates back to 1190, when local chaplain Walter witnessed the very existence of this property. Most of the land in these parts belonged to Coventry Benedictine monks. Packwood remains to this day an amazing, mystical garden, the sacred meaning of which will awaken in the soul of everyone deeply hidden feelings. This English garden is known for its topiard "Yew Garden" and the flower garden with a magnificent rose garden and flower borders around the pond.

Art Kitchen

Here you can taste Thai cuisine. In the Art Kitchen you can order amazing red curry paste, green curry and beef in Thai style. Chefs make good pancakes and good pudding. This place have a cozy atmosphere. Visitors claim that the staff at this restaurant is excellent. Amazing service - a big plus of Art Kitchen.

The Old Mill Museum

The museum is located next to the water mill on the Cole River. By the way, the mill is still working, one of two working mills. It was built here in 1542, and the museum is located in a building in 1771. This mill is more than 200 years old. Here you can see the process of grinding the grain. Also on the territory there is a bakery in which they bake bread in the oven of the 19th century. An interesting fact that the mill served as the prototype for the Big Mill in the Hobbit story, and the miller became the prototype for Ted Sandymen, the character of The Lord of the Rings.

Sandford Park

There are two parts of Sandford park. One close to the top end of town, Cheltenham. This part has a lovely stream running through it, a big sculpture called the Friendship Stones. Two fountains one at each end. Another part of park over the other side of College road, this one has a sculpture of a man lying on his front on some concrete structure, called 'The Weathered Man'. Further through this section of Sanford Park you come to the back of the Lido, chelts' outdoor swimming pool.Then at the far end is an old gazebo type structure.

The Feathered Nest Country Inn

This bar serves British cuisine. Cooks are preparing amazing canapes, gazpacho and iberico pork. In Feathered Nest will make you a nice souffle, pudding from toffee and petit fours. Here you can order a good port or good prosecco. From the point of view of customers, the staff here is pleasant.

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.

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

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

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!

Day 6: Breathtaking roller coaster and an interesting sights

Today you will visit the museum with an interesting history and a fate. The next place to visit will be an amusement park in which you find yourself a child in the world of wonders.

Back to Backs (National Trust)

Fantastic museum with an amazing story of its survival. They offer a passionate , enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tour guides. Well thought out and presented tour through history using the houses over different periods of time. A must visit. After the tour you can take a reminder of your visit in the gift shop or take a walk along the memory lane in the sweets shop of the 1930s.

Alton Towers

Here everyone can find an attraction to their liking, there are extreme, for family and children. And for those who do not want to raise the level of adrenaline in the blood, there is a park and a local castle. It was first opened in 1860, and even then it was popular. Of course, there were no roller coasters, but there were horse races, circus and theatrical performances, and illusionists and stuntmen performed there. Now the Alton Towers amusement park meets the modern concept of fun. It is divided into 13 thematic zones connected by cable cars in three places - Towers Street, Forbidden Valley and Mutiny Bay.

The Wayfarer

Visitors like the interior of this restaurant. Hostesses and waiters work at height. Here you can try the lobster and shrimp burger, lobster salad and avocado. Steaks choose only red roasts or very red , in this case they are unreal tasty. There are also beautifully decorated dishes.

The Quarry

Beautiful place with flowers and shrubbery. In the centre there's a lovely pond with a fountain in its centre. Wonderful place definitely deserves to be visited . It's also a good place for a quick or long walk and serves for a good picnic place. Near there is also a nice but longer walk next to a canal with a peaceful path that leads over the canal.

The Cross Foxes

Very good local sourced food! Staff are pleasant and polite.There is a lovely beer garden and veranda closely situated by the River Dee, in the summer it's one of the best Gardens to be in, lovely views up the river! Only drawback with it, following to the visitors review that it being so popular and car parking is rather limited.

Day 7: Destroyed by time castles and cities

The hall which belonged more than 160 years to one family and their collection of expensive paintings, the ancient ruins of a Roman city and a castle built after the Norman invasion, all this you will see today.

Attingham Park

Built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, Attingham Hall and its beautiful parklands belonged to the same family for more than 160 years. Discover family history throughout the mansion, from the luxurious but flawed roof of the Art Gallery, which contributed to the second Lord Berwick's bankruptcy, to the expensive paintings of cattle that the fifth lord liked. It is 70 years since Attingham bequeathed the Tomas National Foundation, the eighth lord of Berwick. Stroll through forests and deer parks to see what kind of wildlife they have.

Wroxeter Roman City

The Roman name Wroxeter meets twice in the Antonine itinerary of the end of the second century. The city appears as a Urioconio in the middle of Iter II called “Route from the wall to Portum Ritupis”, in which each Roman road station is described in detail. The most convincing argument regarding the origin and development of the name Viroconium is that it is the Romanization of the name (Welsh / Gaelic) for a city that may have been Virikonon, which means "Virico City", a personal name that was known to be used in Gaul.

Goodrich Castle

Goodrich Castle was built by Godric of Mappestone after the Norman invasion of England and was originally earthen and wooden fortifications. Currently, Goodrich Castle is under the tutelage of the organization English Heritage. The exhibition center Goodrich Castle offers visitors historical exhibitions telling about life in the castle from the end of the 11th century to the fall in 1646. The opening hours of the Goodrich Castle may vary depending on the season, follow the information on the website.

Caffè Bolero

Try the amazing sandwiches, salads and bacon in Caffe Bolero. According to customers, good bagels are offered here. Order a nice latte, hot chocolate or tea. In this place you can have a delicious lunch on the open terrace. Guests claim that the staff in this place is professional and the service is amazing.

Gheluvelt Park

Gheluvelt Park - a memorial park, built in honor of those who killed in the First World War. It has two separate zones - a formal park in the east and an informal zone for the conservation of wildlife in the west, next to the River Severn. After lunch it is always good to walk or sit in the fresh air. This park is just right what you need. Gheluvelt Park Friends was established in 2003 to collaborate with the Worcester City Council, the Duckworth Foundation, local residents associations and other organizations to develop and expand the use of the Gheluvelt Park and the Duckworth Environmental Center.

Simpsons

The Simpsons you can enjoy British and French dishes. Here you should try amazing canapes, duck egg and ravioli. This place is famous for its good pudding, soufflé and pithur. Order a good homemade wine, champagne or gin. Here you can have a delicious dinner on the open terrace. Most guests say that the staff is helpful. In this place you will enjoy the magnificent interior and charming atmosphere.

Day 8: Hall with history

Today the journey comes to an end and in the end you will see a house that was family-run for more than 875 years, there is also a beautiful library in it.

Dudmaston Estate

Dudmaston was an old family home for over 875 years. Stroll through the traditional rooms from the entrance hall to the sunlit library with beautiful views of the garden and the Great Pool. Relax in the cozy Oak Room and flick through the family photo album. Take a walk on the sun stairs and take a look at the guest bedrooms with their unusual wallpaper of the 1960s. Visit the exhibition gallery and watch the film by artist Ben Wigley, which uses audio archives with images.