Famous as the first industrial landscape anywhere in the world, the impact of the Black Country was felt the world over as modernity took hold and our fantastic tour celebrates this famous region. We delve into its history with visits to the popular Ironbridge Gorge Museum, RAF Museum Cosford, the Black Country Living Museum and delightful Wightwick Manor House and more.
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course dinner menu with 3 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
Glass of wine with dinner on the first night
Free use of leisure facilities at the hotel (indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room & sauna)
Entrance to Dudley Zoo
Boat trip on the Dudley Canal
Entrance to the Black Country Living Museum
Entrance to Ironbridge Gorge Museum
Entry to the RAF Museum Cosford
Entrance to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Entrance to Wightwick Manor & Gardens
Image © Visit England Ironbridge Stewart Writtle
Black County Living Museum
We arrive at our hotel with time to settle in and enjoy a welcome drink before dinner.
Dudley Zoo & Canal and The Black Country Living Museum
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 Canal, 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 Museum & RAF Cosford
Today, we travel to the well-known Ironbridge Gorge Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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. 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.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Wightwick Manor & Gardens
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.
3* The Telford Centre, Telford
This modern 3-star hotel is conveniently located close to shopping, restaurants and bars and the attractions, making it an ideal base for us to explore the Black county from.
Indoor Swimming Pool Spa Sauna Steam Room Fitness Centre Wi-Fi Restaurant Bar Writing desk Flat screen TV Iron Complimentary toiletries Tea/coffee making facilities Telephone Wake-up service/alarm clock Hairdryer Most rooms at this hotel have walk-in showers [with a small step] There is a Lift at this hotel
Wightwick Manor & Gardens