Peaceful uplands, lush valleys, canals, fruitful orchards, industrial towns, cathedral cities and fine market towns, the West Midlands is one of the most diverse and interesting regions in England. The extensive network of waterways provides a gentle way to view the scenery, and travellers in need of refreshment can choose from an array of award-winning restaurants, cosy pubs and quaint tearooms.

The Black Country towns provide a fascinating insight into the country’s industrial heritage, having once been the prolific producers of coal, glass, leather and porcelain. Stoke-on-Trent still retains strong links to this past, with several pottery factory museums and shops. The turbulent history of the area further west is reflected in the many castles and hillforts, remnants of past attempts to defend against marauding attacks by the Celts. There are many charming gardens and historic houses to discover, as well as the spectacular Offa’s Dyke.

For those seeking the bright lights and thrills of a big city Birmingham has an abundance of excellent eateries, a lively nightlife and a vast array of shops for a spot of retail therapy. This region is also home to the heart of English theatre: Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s home and venue for productions of his wonderful plays.

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