Severn Valley & England's Black Country
- Duration: 5 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TGLE10297
- Travel Type: Coach
5 Day Coach Holiday
- Dinner, bed and breakfast
- Coach travel throughout
- Excursions as stated
- Welcome pack
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
This tempting tour of contrasts takes us to the heart of England for a series of enthralling excursions. A holiday highlight is undoubtedly our day at the Black Country Living Museum where you will be transported back over a hundred years as you explore the authentic shops, Victorian school, period houses, vintage trams, old fashioned workshops, underground coalmine and traditional pub whilst chatting with fascinating costumed characters. On another day we venture out to beautiful Brignorth, a town described by Charles I as ‘the finest view in all my kingdom’. Here the crystal clear River Severn divides the settlement into High Town and Low Town, the two being connected by a Victorian cliff railway. We also visit the cathedral city of Worcester where the skyline is dominated by the tower of the cathedral and by the soaring spires of All Saints Church. An outing to lovely Lichfield completes an appealing itinerary.
Black Country Living Museum
Our captivating visit gets underway when a local expert gives us an introductory talk then our time is our own to explore. This award winning living museum in Dudley covers twenty-six acres of former industrial land and tells the story of the region’s proud industrial past. You’ll find costumed characters that you can interact with to learn what it was like to live and work in bygone days. Explore original period shops, watch spellbinding demonstrations by craftsmen, descend into the mine to face the harsh reality of a coal miner’s life, test yourself with a school lesson 1912 style, ride the vintages trams, have fun at the fairground. Then perhaps treat yourself to a pint in the traditional spit and sawdust pub. An unforgettable day out!
Bridgnorth & Worcester
We head firstly to picturesque Bridgnorth, the High Town can be reached by Britain’s steepest inland funicular railway and this cliff railway journey was described by poet John Betjeman as feeling as though one was ‘being lifted up to heaven’. Perhaps visit the castle or treat yourself to an evocative steam train trip on the famous Severn Valley Railway which winds its way through glorious countryside to Kidderminster. Later, we move on to ancient Worcester where you might like to explore the stunning cathedral which houses royal tombs, medieval cloisters and an ancient crypt. Maybe visit the fascinating thirteenth century Commandery or head to enchanting half-timbered Friar Street to browse the unique boutiques and discover the Tudor house.
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We enjoy a morning visit to Lichfield where the medieval cathedral with its tripe spires is well worth a visit. Elsewhere, maybe you’d like to explore the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum.