Birmingham and Shakespeare’s England

Day 1

Fly into Birmingham Airport and you’ll be just 10 minutes from the city centre by train.
If you arrive in time for 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

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

Birmingham is well known for is buzzing nightlife, with an eclectic range of unique and stylish bars. Try your hand at cocktail-mixing at The Botanist, where expert mixologists create delightful cocktail creations.

Our tips to help you enjoy Birmingham’s nightlife in style:

Enjoy a pre-dinner drinks at the 1920s inspired bar at The Edgbaston Hotel, whose three cocktail lounges offer one of the finest spirits collections in the UK.

For dinner, head next door to Simpsons, an informal, contemporary and elegant restaurant that reflects the spirit of fine dining today. It has held a Michelin star since 2000.

Day 2

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

Morning

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

Our insider tips include:

The MAD Museum
A quirky attraction displaying interactive pieces of mechanical art. The MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum is the UK’s only permanent venue for mechanical art.

The Original Wizarding World at Magic Alley
The Magic Alley & the World of Wizards Thatch explores the Lost Years of William Shakespeare and is packed to the rafters with all kinds of unique gifts including books, retro toys, dragons, magic wands and playing cards.

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall
See for yourself the life and times of William Shakespeare across five unique properties, including Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Explore Shakespeare’s family homes and gain a new perspective on life in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. And discover the schoolroom where William Shakespeare was educated and inspired to become the world’s greatest playwright.

For lunch choose The One Elm, a friendly, neighbourhood pub just yards away from Henley Street and Shakespeare’s Birthplace, offering honest pub food, made with top-quality fresh ingredients.

Afternoon

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 3

Morning

A 30 minute drive from Stratford-upon-Avon, The Cotswolds Distillery is beautifully located in the Cotswolds countryside and offers visitors a rare opportunity to see a range of different spirits being made. The guided tours around the distillery’s production areas and warehouses give a detailed account of how the spirits are crafted and show the processes in action. At the end of the tour, make yourself at home in a cosy tasting room to sample the full range of their spirits and liqueurs.

Located in the picturesque village of Alderminster, The Bell, is an award-winning Countryside Gastro pub & Restaurant. A great choice for a lunch stop.

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.

Return to Stratford-upon-Avon to to catch the train to Birmingham 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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