BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS
Sarehole Mill was built in the 1760s. Used for both flour production and metal-rolling up to the last century, the Mill can still be seen in action every Wednesday and Sunday from Easter to the end of October. Restored with financial backing from JRR Tolkien, who grew up in the area, and cited Sarehole as an influence on the writing of his books, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 12 Apr-2 Nov, Tue-Sun 7 BH, 12-4
Also in the area
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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