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discover history

There is a wealth of historic houses, gardens and attractions to visit during your stay here, and many are well within an hour's drive.  All are very family friendly and provide a real insight into the social, technological and industrial history of this area. 


The County Museum at Hartlebury Castle (5 mins drive) has displays covering social history, toys through time and travel & transport. Visitors can also see period rooms from different eras and room sets such as the schoolroom and scullery.  The Severn Valley Railway (20 mins) runs regular steam passenger trains across the Worcestershire and Shropshire borders. A range of trips and special events are available, and the railway is largely run by unpaid volunteers.  Harvington Hall (20 mins) is a moated medieval Elizabethan manor house, containing the finest series of priests hiding places anywhere in the country. The spectacular ruins of Witley Court (20 mins) evoke a bygone era of decadent house parties, balls and concerts.  There are also gardens to visit, a play area, shop and visitors centre.  Hanbury Hall & Gardens (25 mins) is a beautiful country house built in 1701, set in  20 acres of recreated early 18th-century gardens and 400 acres of park.  Avoncroft Museum (25 mins) is home to over 30 different buildings and structures which have been rescued and re-built in rural Worcestershire.  The Black Country Living Museum (45 mins) is an immersive experience, recreating 300 years of history & heritage... and it's where many scenes from Peaky Blinders were filmed! Further afield, Eastnor Castle (50 mins) lies at the foot of the Malvern Hills on the edge of the Cotswolds, and is surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake.

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