Hotels in the West Midlands
New Hall Hotel & Spa Sutton Coldfield Birmingham
Architecturally New Hall is a stunning building with many intricate details and is surrounded by its main attraction - a moat - originally designed to keep out intruders, today it plays home to a wide variety of wildlife including migrating ducks and geese and some of the largest carp to be found in the Midlands!
There is plenty to see and do in the West Midlands. This county has it all, a selection of top visitors attractions as well as a wonderful National Park.
Picturesque medieval moated manor house and garden. Atmospheric house dates from 15th century Interiors reflect the house's heyday in the Elizabethan era. Visitors can discover a priest's hole used to hide persecuted Jesuit priests in the 1590s. With enchanting gardens a stewpond, lakeside walk and nature trail and exquisite 19th-century Catholic chapel
Bursting to the towers with tales of treachery and torture, passion and power and above all fascinating people, times and events, Warwick Castle is so much more than simply a castle. Experience preparations for battle, feel the weight of a sword and get a soldier's eye view from beneath a battle helmet, see lavishly decorated State Rooms, watch as a household prepares for a Victorian party and discover how electricity was generated over 100 years ago to light up the castle.
Explore the 60 acres of landscaped grounds and gardens, which include the beautiful Peacock Garden and Conservatory, the Victorian Rose Garden and Pageant Field.
Throughout the year there is a fantastic programme of events including birds of prey, jousting and the world's largest trebuchet in action.
Harvington is a moated medieval and Elizabethan manor-house south-east of Kidderminster. Many of the rooms still have their original Elizabethan wall-paintings and the Hall contains the finest series of priest-holes anywhere in the country.
Alvecote Pools Nature Trail
Nature trail along old miners path beside pools and marshes. Good list of birds to be seen, including waders on adjacent subsidence pools. Return route of trail along canal towpath. 20 minute drive from the hotel.
Bodenham Arboretum is a collection of over 2700 trees set in 156 acres of Worcestershire countryside with 11 pools, four miles of footpaths and a working farm. In addition there is an award-winning Visitor Centre set in the hillside overlooking the Big Pool.
Set in rural Staffordshire Blithfield Reservoir provides a stunning visual aspect in a particularly picturesque landscape. Since its opening in 1953 the reservoir has become a haven for wildlife, particularly birds, a fact that was recognised in 1988 when the reservoir and most of its surrounding woodland was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, (SSSI). Despite being a water source first and foremost, the reservoir also offers a range of recreational and educational opportunities to people from all walks of life. 40 Minute drive from the hotel.
Upton House and Gardens
Presented in its 1930s heyday, mansion and terraced gardens with outstanding art and porcelain collection
Cannock Chase Circular Walk
This walk covers a large area of the smallest mainland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the United Kingdom. The walk begins at local landmark - The Glacial Boulder and continues across the heathland to the pine woodlands in Brindley Heath.The route takes you past the Visitor Centres at both Marquis Drive and Birches Valley before crossing over the quarry to its termination in the Sherbrook Valley.
The Ironbridge Gorge
The River Severn flows through this historic gorge forming our main centre of operation for paddling activity. See the sites from the river as they where intended to be seen, run the gentle rapids at Jackfield and enjoy a traditional ale afterwards in one of the many pubs that line the Gorge.
Standard gauge railway operated by volunteers with approximately 60 running days per year. All facilities being upgraded constantly. Total track length 2 miles with 4 stations open. Heritage Centre containing Museum and Carriage and Wagon Repair Shop due to be opened during 2004.
Dudley Limestone Mines
An opportunity to travel the complete length of Dudley Tunnel and also visit Dudley's famous Limestone Mines. Discover a World of Wonders Underneath the Black Country town of Dudley. See the network of underground canal routes that helped form the 19th Century Black Country.
Black Country Living Museum
A warm welcome awaits you at Britain's friendliest open-air museum. Discover a fascinating and different world where an old-fashioned village has been created by the canal. Wander around original shops and houses, ride on a tramcar or fairground swingboat, chat by the coal-fired kitchen ranges, go down the mine or just soak up the atmosphere.
Ever played in chocolate rain or seen a chocolate statue of yourself? Well now you can! Or travel back to find out what makes Cadbury Daily Milk so special. Cadbury World has 14 amazing zones to discover. One fun day out!
Everyone's favourite theme park, packed with a host of great rides and attractions set in 280 acres of lakes and parkland. Drayton Manor features some of the biggest, wettest and scariest rides around!
Midland Air Museum
Exhibits range from the magnificent Avro Vulcan bomber through more than 30 other historic aircraft, both civil and military, aero engines and other artefacts, to a wide range of memorabilia. Collection of material relating to Sir Frank Whittle, the Coventry-born engineer who designed the jet engine which made modern high-speed aircraft and economical air travel possible. The Museum houses a heritage centre dedicated to the memory of Sir Frank and his marvellous inventive genius.
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses, in the United Kingdom, are a 15 acre oasis of delight. Designed by J. C. Loudon, a leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher, they opened to subscribers in 1832.