Exploring the UK

Heart of England

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The Heart of England region has a wealth of attractions for visitors of all ages varying from waterway holidays and boat trips, access to Shakespeare country, exhibitions and culture, excellent road, rail and air connections and fine holiday and business accommodation.

The canal system in England has moved on from its original concept of moving goods around, to offering holidays and boating trips to thousands of would be Captain Hornblowers. The rivers and canals run through the Heart of England including Towns and Cities such as Birmingham, Stafford, Worcester, and Stratford to name just a few, passing through some of England’s finest countryside.

People who want to take motoring holidays are well catered for with the motorway network and ‘A’ roads which pass through the Cotswolds and the “Apple” county of Worcestershire, in many cases following stage coach routes with stops at “Olde World” Coaching Inns complete with the traditional ‘Fayre’ that is offered.

The region of the Heart of England has some of the finest historic sites to be seen in the country.One has only to think of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford upon Avon, Warwick Castle to name only two of the huge variety of stately homes to be found in the region. The Cathedrals of Worcester, Hereford and Birmingham are worth spending time in, even if only to wonder at their sheer magnificence and how they managed to build them and the wonder of Coventry Cathedral, rebuilt after it was destroyed in the Second World War illustrates modern architecture at its best.

The Birmingham area is of course, renowned for its connection with the motoring industry and some of the worlds finest names emanated from here and Coventry. For those amongst us who may have fond memories of our parents or grandparents motor car, we are well catered for with motoring and motor cycle museums abounding. Worth visiting is the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust at Gaydon in Warwickshire which was formed in 1983 to safeguard a unique collection of historic vehicles, names to conjure with are Austin, Morris, MG, Riley, Wolseley, Standard, Triumph, Rover and Aston Martin.

Leicester has been described as the “Curry Capital of Britain” but speak to any native of the Heart of England region and you will be quickly pointed to the huge variety of restaurants in Birmingham, not just famous for its ‘Balti’ but many fine examples of ethic cooking, Cantonese French Bistro, Thai, Vietnamese, Greek, to name but a few, but not forgetting West Midlands home cooking, something for everyone in the Heart of England.