Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Barber Institute of Fine Arts

    Edgbaston | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Coffin Works


    On paper this museum might not be the obvious choice for a fun afternoon on your vacation, but it’s actually a very lovely time capsule of an...Read More

  • 5. 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 and...Read More

  • 6. Ironbridge Gorge Museum


    The 10 sites that make up the Ironbridge Gorge Museum—a World Heritage Site spread over 6 square miles—preserve the area’s fascinating industrial...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Shakespeare’s Birthplace


    A half-timber house typical of its time, the playwright's birthplace is a much-visited shrine that has been altered and restored since Shakespeare...Read More

  • 9. The Firs, Elgar’s Birthplace


    The composer Sir Edward Elgar was born in the village of Lower Broadheath, eight miles north of Great Malvern, in this tiny brick cottage. Set...Read More

  • 10. Bewdley Museum


    The 18th-century butchers’ market, the Shambles, now holds this museum, which documents local history, trades, and crafts with exhibits on rope...Read More

  • 11. Cadbury World


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

  • 12. Cider Museum


    A farm’s cider house (the alcoholic, European kind) and a cooper’s workshop have been re-created at the Cider Museum, where you can tour ancient...Read More

  • 13. Compton Verney


    A neoclassical country mansion remodeled in the 1760s by Scottish architect Robert Adam has been repurposed by the Peter Moores Foundation as...Read More

  • 14. Grosvenor Museum


    Start a visit to this museum with a look at the Roman Stones Gallery, which displays Roman-era tombstones previously used to repair city walls...Read More

  • 15. Ledbury Heritage Centre


    In the old grammar school, this museum traces the history of the building, town, railroad, and canal, mostly through local postcards. It also...Read More

  • 16. MAD Museum


    Push buttons and pedals to your heart's content to make the exhibits in the Mechanical Art & Design Museum come alive. Witty, beautiful...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery


    Located in the the town’s former Music Hall, this museum chronicles the history of the area, from prehistoric times to the present day. One...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Tudor World


    Tread carefully over the cobbles, and enter Tudor World on Sheep Street to find a dimly lit and quirky maze of displays that explore, with the...Read More

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