Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England

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  • 1. Barber Institute of Fine Art

    Edgbaston | Museum/Gallery

    Part of the University of Birmingham, the museum has a small but astounding collection of European paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture...Read More

  • 2. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Vast and impressive, this museum holds a magnificent collection of Victorian art and is known internationally for its works by the Pre-Raphaelites...Read More

  • 3. Black Country Living Museum

    Museum Village

    This 26-acre museum on social history gives insight into what life was like centuries ago for the men and women who worked in the coal-producing...Read More

  • 4. Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

    Museum Village

    You can see old architecture typical of Worcestershire at this 19-acre open-air museum 15 miles outside the city center, which has rescued more...Read More

  • 5. Birmingham Back to Backs

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Of the 20,000 courtyards of back-to-back houses (houses that quite literally back onto each other) built in the 19th century for the city’s...Read More

  • 6. Birmingham Cathedral

    City Centre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The early-18th-century Cathedral Church of St. Philip, a few blocks from Victoria Square, contains some lovely plasterwork in its elegant, gilded...Read More

  • 7. Cadbury World


    The village of Bournville (5 miles south of the city center) contains this museum devoted to—what else?—chocolate. In 1879 the Quaker Cadbury...Read More

  • 8. Ikon Gallery

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Converted from a Victorian Gothic–style school, this gallery is among the city’s top venues for contemporary art from Britain and abroad. The...Read More

  • 9. Jewellery Quarter

    Hockley | Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    For more than two centuries, jewelers have worked in the district of Hockley, northwest of the city center; today hundreds of manufacturing...Read More

  • 10. Lichfield Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It’s worth a detour to explore the only medieval English cathedral with three spires. The sandstone building, beautifully sited by a tree-fringed...Read More

  • 11. Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

    Jewellery Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    This museum is built around the workshops of Smith & Pepper, a firm that operated in the Jewellery Quarter for more than 80 years. Little...Read More

  • 12. National Sea Life Centre

    City Centre | Zoo/Aquarium

    Almost as far from the sea as you can get in Britain (which isn’t very far), this imaginatively landscaped aquarium allows a glimpse into Davey...Read More

  • 13. Pen Room

    Jewellery Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    During the 19th century, Birmingham was the hub of the world pen trade with 129 factories employing nearly 8,000 people. This museum celebrates...Read More

  • 14. Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum

    Digbeth | Museum/Gallery

    This interactive museum in the state-of-the-art Millennium Point center allows kids to explore science and the history of Birmingham over four...Read More

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