Recreation is aplenty in the metropolitan city of Birmingham. Whether you are an architecture buff, a history geek or just a curious tourist, there is much to see in the city itself. However, despite the numerous options in town, the English Midlands beyond urban settlements have a lot to offer as well. So, you have an additional panel of tourist attractions to explore just a short drive away. If the city doesn’t excite you anymore and you have time to spare following the World Cup match, why not take a road trip to spend a day at these nearby locations?
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“All the world’s a stage”. You don’t need to be a steadfast literature fan to recognise the works of the internationally acclaimed playwright William Shakespeare. The pure ingenious blend of soul and thrill that are included in his plays keep everyone holding onto their seats. Just a stone’s throw away from Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon has made itself appealing to tourists as the birthplace as well as gravesite of the master playwright. Upon visiting, you can witness Shakespeare’s childhood home and his wife Anne Hathaway’s humble cottage in all their marvel. Additionally, You can even visit the Church of Holy Trinity, where you could find the grave of the poet-playwright; or mingle with the butterflies at the Stratford Butterfly Farm.
You can take an old-timey steam locomotive to travel from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon in 50 minutes.
If your idea of relaxation is a day at the spa, Leamington might sound like the first stop away from Birmingham, misleadingly so. Leamington was lauded as a spa town only as the water supply was reputed to have medicinal properties. Don’t feel disheartened, the town still has a gamut of attractions to showcase. You could stroll along the lush greenery at Jephson Gardens or spend an active day playing sports at the Victoria Park. Those with an artistic eye can check out the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museums that portray local history and spa-resort culture. If you are an auto-nut, gawk at the impressive collection of cars at the British Motor Museum- Leamington has a variety to please every palette.
Leamington spa is just a short 45 minute drive or a 30 minute train journey from Birmingham.
No matter how old one turns, the tales of royalty and castles will always be of fascination. Expose yourself to charming architecture with jaw-dropping history at the Warwick Castle. Unlike other monumental attractions, this castle does not just offer a marvelous view but provides an opportunity to partake in interactive activity to keep you busy all day. You can take tours of the majestic interiors of the towers and The Great Hall or even try out adventures such as their Horrible Histories Maze and relive historic events. Additionally you can explore the dungeon with an adventurous walk-through experience or even attend the live shows and events frequently hosted by the Castle. With gift-shops for souvenirs and restaurants to dine, what can’t this visit offer you?
The incredible experience is just a 39 minute car ride away from Birmingham.
If you’ve had enough of the history and architecture, trade it in for an eventful day at Alton Towers. Near the village of Alton, this theme park resort provides so many options- you will be spoilt for choice. In addition to the theme park; a water park, golf course and spa retreat, along with frequent events are all wrapped in a one-stop package at Alton Towers. If a trip on the Runaway Mine Train or the Master Blaster fail to entice you, you can spend some time hogging in their restaurants or shop for souvenirs at their gift shop. The restaurants on the campus are as unlike any you have tried before. From watching your meal swirl down to your table at Rollercoaster Restaurant to picking out picnics at the Little Explorers Lunch Box restaurant, you will never be faced with an ordinary experience.
Alton Towers is a car ride for approximately an hour and 15 mins from Birmingham.
Not to be confused with the Canadian city of the same name, Peterborough is a cathedral city in England, just a few hours past Birmingham. If the adrenaline pumped experiences mentioned before are not your pace, try a retreat in this quaint city, closer to nature and a laid-back life. Take a step back from the city life and try your hand at the farm lifestyle at Sacrewell. Play with farm animals, board a wonky ride on a tractor, or explore the 18th century Water Mill. The art aficionados can delve into historical masterpieces at the Thorney Heritage Museum or City Art Gallery; or witness a performance at The Cresset Theatre or John Clare Theatre Suite. Look out for home-grown productions by locals at the Key Theatre. You could also picnic in their various parks.
Peterborough is a leisurely two hour drive from Birmingham.
An irresistible blend of art, culture, child-friendly and nature-oriented; Lichfield is an ideal choice on the bucket list when it comes to one-day trips. While Beacon park and Chasewater Country Park bring forth an element of greenery, Drayton Manor Theme Park adds to the excitement. Additionally, there are numerous attractions of value such as the Lichfield Cathedral, Erasmus Darwin House and Lichfield Garrick that deserve a one-time visit at least. Don’t forget to pay tribute to the lost lives in the Armed Forces at the National Memorial Arboretum.
Just a short time of 30 minutes is spent in the car or train to reach Lichfield from Birmingham.
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