Birmingham, Peak District & Derbyshire and Shakespeare’s England

Day 1

Birmingham Airport Departures

 

 

 

 

Fly into Birmingham Airport and you’ll be just 10 minutes from the city centre by train.
If you arrive in time fora late lunch, our insider tip is:

Canal House

An 18th century icon of the engineering revolution; James Brindley, the facilitator of waterway connections and pioneer of progress, unlocked a new era – a time of exploring possibilities and navigating new conversations and communications, of transporting flavors and freight. Here, his work, life and spirit, are celebrated and appreciated through food and drink in equal measure.

Afternoon

Head towards the Great Western Arcade, found tucked away in the financial district in Birmingham. Known as the ‘home of hidden gems’, the arcade is a unique destination for a unique shopping experience. Elegant and over-flowing with Victorian charm, GWA is full of award-winning retailers, priding themselves on giving visitors the best experiences and retailers.

Day 2

Travel out to Land Rover Experience in Solihull.
The JLR Muds & Ruts Experience lets you get behind the wheel of one of Jaguar’s vehicles to experience an introduction to Off-Road Driving. The experience is approximately 3 hours long, with refreshments available onsite.

Evening

For a relaxed dinner, head to Digbeth Dining Club found in the creative quarter of the city, Digbeth. The multi award-winning event that has changed the face of Brum’s alternative food scene since it started in 2012. An eclectic mix of food, music and entertainment, make your way there for some of the finest street food Birmingham has on offer.

Day 3

Take the train from Birmingham Moor Street station to Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s England. The journey takes approximately 50 minutes.

Morning

Explore Stratford-upon-Avon, the town of Shakespeare’s birth and home of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Head to Shakespeare’s Birthplace to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and explore the house where he was born and grew up. Hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life, enjoy live theatre on demand and get up close to rare artefacts from the Trust’s world class collections as you discover how the extraordinary William Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today

Afternoon tips

The Play’s The Thing
This award-winning interactive exhibition will take you on a journey through 100 years of theatre-making in the heart of Shakespeare’s England.

Butterfly Farm
Stratford’s link to the rainforests of Belize and the ancient Maya civilizations features hundreds of the world’s most spectacular and beautiful butterflies flying in an exotic environment of tropical blossom with splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools.

Hathaway Tea Rooms
Step back in time and experience High Tea in all its quintessentially English glory.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Relive Shakespeare’s love story at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the beautiful 500 year old cottage where Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be. Built in 1463 as a farmhouse, the kitchen and parlour from the original medieval construction still remain.

Evening

Rooftop Restaurant RSC
Enjoy the very best of British food in contemporary and stylish surroundings. Located on the third floor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with great views over the River Avon and Bancroft Gardens and an extensive wine list, the restaurant’s menus change regularly using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

Day 4

Morning

Start your morning well with the Stratford Town Walk, often referred to as ‘like walking through the pages of history’, which has featured on television, radio and in many national and local newspapers, magazines and publications. Lively, entertaining and interesting, the guided town walk is a great way to explore Stratford, its history, attractions and fascinating relationship with William Shakespeare.

Afternoon

Indulge yourself at the Elan Spa at Mallory Court, a peaceful retreat where you can relax in sublime, state of the art facilities while gazing over quintessential English gardens.

Round off your visit with Afternoon Tea. All over England, the grand old tradition of afternoon tea is still well and truly in vogue. Afternoon tea became ‘the thing to do’ and during the 1800s; the custom was introduced in 1840 after the Seventh Duchess of Bedford typically became peckish at four o’clock in the afternoon and felt the time between their formal lunch and dinner was rather too long.

Evening

Head to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and enjoy a fantastic play of the Bard’s work. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a 1,040+ seat thrust stage theatre owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company dedicated to the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. Book well in advance for this – those tickets sell like hot cakes!

Day 5

Take the 1 hour train journey from Birmingham New Street station to Chesterfield, and start exploring England’s Peak District.

Morning

Explore Chatsworth House and soak up the history, grand architecture, art and culture that will whisk you away to a different era. Make time for the gardens too – look out for the gravity-fed fountain and the extensive art and sculpture collection.

Afternoon

Spend a leisurely afternoon in Bakewell, the biggest town in the Peak District National Park. Bakewell’s magnificent stone buildings, medieval five-arched stone bridge and quaint courtyards are part of the iconic English countryside. It’s best known in England for its unique (and delicious) dessert – the Bakewell Pudding. To this day, it’s still made by hand from a secret recipe. Try some at the 17th century Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop.

Afternoon

Located a stone’s throw from Chatsworth, the internationally renowned Thornbridge Brewery offers an excellent tour, and a chance to try a glass of the famous brew. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Evening

Choose The Pub at The Devonshire Arms and you get a very sophisticated take on traditional English Inn dining. Featuring local ingredients, most of which come from the Chatsworth Estate, the seasonal menu is complemented by great local ales on tap, including Chatsworth Gold.

Day 6

Morning

Head out into Peak District National park and take a hike at Mam Tor. Start and finish at the Mam Nick car park and get up close with nature on one of the best ridge walks in England. This Peak District hike gives stunning views over Edale, Hope Valley and the edge of Kinder Scout.

For a change of pace and scenery, head underground and explore Treak Cliff Cavern. Located in Castleton, Treak Cliff Cavern is famous for its unique large deposits of Blue John stone, and it’s home tosome of the most magical cave formations in the UK.

Make a lunch stop at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn in the beautiful Hope Valley.

Afternoon

Get the adrenaline flowing and try your hand at Abseiling & Rock Climbing at Stanage Edge.
It’s known for being one of the best places for Rock-climbing in the Peak District. Amongst the iconic Millstones, you can challenge yourself with a great climb whilst surrounded by the wonderful Peak District landscape. Stanage is also a fantastic place for abseiling, and both activities can be guided by expert Outdoor Pursuits trainers.

For a more relaxed approach to the Peak District landscape, ride high above Matlock Bath in a cable car at Heights of Abraham and spend the afternoon exploring the park.

Return to Chesterfield to catch the train to Birmingham New Street or onward to Birmingham Airport.

Location

England’s Heartland is located right in the centre of the country, just 2 hours north-west of London.

Birmingham Airport is your direct gateway to the Heartland, offering connections from around 480 places worldwide with 50 airlines.

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