Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel with time to settle in and enjoy a welcome drink before dinner.
Day 2 Dudley
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 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. We end the day with an informative 45-minute 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”.
Day 3 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.
Day 4 Birmingham
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.
Day 5 Departure
We begin our journey home this afternoon.
Birmingham & the Black Country
Copthorne Merry Hill
The Copthorne Merry Hill is set in the canal marina area of Dudley, close to the Merry Hill shopping centre. The modern and bright 138 ensuite rooms are equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, safe and TV. During their stay guests can relax in the stylish bar that serves snacks or enjoy a meal in the restaurant. The hotel also has a spa and swimming pool.
Copthorne Merry Hill
Dudley, West Midlands4 Nights Half Board
Twin from £275
Single Supplement from £74 (Max 8. Incl driver)Inclusions
• Porterage on arrival & departure
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Free use of leisure facilities
• Entrance to Dudley Zoological Gardens & Castle
• Entrance to the Black Country Living Museum
• 45-minute Dudley Canal Trust Boat Trip
• All-Sites entrance to Ironbridge Gorge Museums
• RAF Museum Cosford (Free Entrance)
• Entrance to Birmingham Botanical Gardens
• Entrance to Wightwick Manor & Gardens
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Features of this tour
- Entrance to Dudley Zoological Gardens & Castle
- Entrance to the Black Country Living Museum
- 45-minute Dudley Canal Trust Boat Trip
- All-Sites entrance to Ironbridge Gorge Museums
- RAF Museum Cosford (Free Entrance)
- Entrance to Birmingham Botanical Gardens
- Entrance to Wightwick Manor & Gardens