Haden Hill House Museum
“A restored Victorian country gentleman’s house, set in beautiful parkland” - VisitEngland Assessor
Cradley Heath, West Midlands
Set in 55 acres of parkland, Haden Hill House was built in the late Victorian period by George Alfred Haden Haden-Best, a country gentleman. It is decorated and furnished in period style, and has lots of original features. Next door is Haden Old Hall, which has some furniture and information. Lots for the kids, tea room in summer, free parking.
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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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