Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens is a 17th and 18th-century garden that was rescued by volunteers. A rare survival from the heyday of English formal garden design, which escaped the attentions of 'Capability' Brown, the compact 10 acres is a green haven in the middle of an industrialised landscape. Over 600 species from the period, two heritage apple orchards, a holly maze and a kitchen garden are among the formal areas maintained. Outside the half a kilometre of ancient walls, the site is managed for wildlife with family-friendly pond dipping, mud kitchens and trails.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Free wheelchairs available
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct, Mon-Fri 11-4, Sat, Sun & BH Mons 12.30-4.30. Please see website for winter opening dates
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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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