Enjoy and action packed itinerary with a variety of things to see and do. Meet the residents of Dudley Zoo, enjoy a boat trip on the Dudley Canals, learn of life during the industrial revolution at the Black Country Living Museum, visit the Iron bridge Gorge Museums with ten key attractions, and RAF Cosford, then step into tropical glasshouses at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
4* Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill
In the heart of Dudleys historic canal marina, this luxury hotel boasts a stunning waterfront location and is close to the Merry Hill shopping centre. The modern and bright en-suite rooms are equipped with a TV, safe and tea/coffee facilities. Relax in the stylish bar or restaurant which overlooks the picturesque marina. There is also a spa and swimming pool.
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4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at 4* Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill
Choice menu at dinner
Tea and Coffee after dinner
Entrance to Dudley Zoo
Boat trip on the Dudley Canal
Entrance to the Black Country Living Museum,
Entry to the RAF Museum Cosford
Tickets for the Ironbridge Gorge Museums
Entrance to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Entrance to Wightwick Manor & Gardens
We arrive at our hotel with time to settle in and enjoy a welcome drink before dinner.
We begin the day with a trip to Dudley Zoological Gardens, situated in the surroundings of Dudley Castle (entrance included). Watch out for Lemurs, Lorikeets, Wallabies, Humboldt Penguins and three magnificent Asiatic Lions, only around 500 of which exist - 300 in captivity and 200 in the wild. After lunch we have an informative boat trip on the Dudley Canals, where we can take in the limestone mines and caverns, see fantastic light shows and audio visual presentations and even have a go at the traditional technique of "legging the boat".
We than make our way to the Black Country Living Museum, where we can discover the story of the industrial revolution and its impact on peoples' lives and professions. Meet costumed characters, learn from live production demonstrations, or descend into the Museum's underground mine and see for yourself the harsh conditions experienced by 19th century miners.
Ironbridge Gorge & RAF Cosford
Today, we travel to the well-known Ironbridge Gorge Museums, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ten outstanding attractions, named after the Victorian iron bridge crossing the River Severn - the first in the world. The bridge and surrounding areas were integral to the development of new production processes and techniques, giving ride to the industrial revolution. The museums at Ironbridge Gorge showcase a plethora of interesting experiences and fascinating facts, sure to foster intrigue and capture the imagination. This afternoon we stop in at the RAF Museum Cosford, a training airfield which hosts a collection of historic aircraft - including all three of the famous "V-bombers", the Vickers Valiant, Handley-Page Victor and Hawker-Siddeley Vulcan. Marvel at these magnificent aircraft, which comprised the backbone of the UK's strategic nuclear capability during the 1950s and 1960s, or discover the museum's collection of WWII aeroplanes and ground vehicles, including Hurricanes & Spitfires, Messerschmitts, Junkers & Focke-Wulfs.
This morning we head into Birmingham itself, visiting the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens. One of Birmingham's most popular attractions, the Gardens feature four glasshouses containing tropical, subtropical, Mediterranean and arid plant life. We can stop in the tearoom for refreshments before continuing on to Wightwick Manor & Gardens, a National Trust-maintained stately home. Pronounced "Wittick", the house is one of a handful of buildings still standing today whose design was influenced by both the Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts Movements. Explore a home full of Pre-Raphaelite art and William Morris interiors, lovingly collected by the building's constructors, Sir Geoffrey Mander and Rosalie, Lady Mander.
We begin our journey home this afternoon.Br
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