The Midlands

Dudley Zoo and castle are two attractions built into one. The castle is visible from miles around, and is one of the best examples of castle ruins in the midlands. The zoo is renowned for its conservation, and is home to animals from every continent.

It is easily accessible  from Dudley and the surrounding area, and within walking distance of the canal network.

The Avoncroft museum of historic buildings is a centre which reconstructs and restores building of historic interest. Buildings ranging from a windmill to a prefab house are open to explore. This museum is great for children and adults alike as it provides and insight into historic life as well as a fun way to learn about our heritage. The Museum is a short walk from the Worcester Birmingham Canal.

The Black Country Museum is a recreation of a black country village. Cottages, a chapel, chemist, baker and a pub are all able to be explore, as well as an 1850's mine and traditional work shops. One of the special aspects of this museum is the canal boat ride into Dudley tunnel, giving visitors an experience of both traditional transport, and an impressive underground tunnel system. Boaters can moor adjacent to The Black Country Museum..

Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford upon Avon is an ideal place to see some of Britain's best Elizabethan heritage sights. The attractions throughout the city include museums relating to many aspects of both Shakespeare's life and works, and heritage in general. The city is easily accessible  from the River Avon or Stratford Upon Avon canal where you can moor in Bancroft Basin right next to the Shakespeare Theatre and town centre. 
Worcester cathedral, parts of which date from the beginning of the last century, stands above the river Severn, dominating the skyline with its 14th century tower. Its crypt which survives from 1084 is still used for services on the anniversary of its builder, St Wulfstan's death. Worcester is a lovely city with many old buildings including the Commandery Museum dedicated to the Civil War with moorings right outside on the Worcester Birmingham Canal.   
The Majestic 14th century Warwick castle towers above the river Avon and reputed to be the best example of a Medieval Castle. There is a wax work museum within the castle which depicts the history from its construction to the present day. The attractions in the building range from the magnificent state rooms to the dungeons full of torture instruments. The Castle is a short walk from the Canal.

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