Aston Hall



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Built by Sir Thomas Holte between 1618 and 1635, Aston Hall is a fine Jacobean mansion complete with a panelled Long Gallery, balustraded staircase, and magnificent plaster friezes and ceilings. The hall hosted King Charles I for two nights during the Civil War, and was subsequently attacked and captured by Parliamentary troops. Some damage can still be seen. James Watt Junior, the son of the great industrial pioneer, leased the hall and lived here for 30 years, where he entertained Princess Alexandria Victoria (later Queen Victoria). She returned to the hall to open it as a museum in 1858.

Aston Hall
Trinity Road,Aston,BIRMINGHAM,B6 6JD


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Virtual tour of upper grounds
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 30 Mar-4 Nov, Tue-Sun 11-4; 5 Nov-29 Mar, Wed-Thu & first Sun of the month 11-4. Please check website for further details

About the area

Discover West Midlands

After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead. 

Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins. 

Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.

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