The Heart of England is full of fascinating history and characters. From Herefordshire to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the Heart of England is bursting with history. Birmingham features gorgeous victorian architecture, but there are plenty of lush farmlands in the west and south regions.
Some of the most popular areas are:
Derbyshire: In the town of Derby you’ll find a pedestrian city center that has incredible shopping opportunities. There are over a dozen public parks and castle for exploring, some of which date back to the 16th century. Peak National Park is actually the oldest in Britain. You will find ample opportunity to try some old English cuisine too. They’re serious about their cricket teams here, so bring your game face. The towns are typically isolated and built with the abundant stone in the area.
Shropshire: PG Wodehouse described Shropshire as "the nearest earthly place to paradise.” You’ve probably never heard of Shropshire, but you probably should have. Birthplace of Charles Darwin, the Industrial Revolution, and skyscrapers. If you love history, you’ll love Blist Hills, if you love animals check out the Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom or Battlefield Falconry Center. Ludlow area has all the restaurants that you’ll ever need. There are over 20 gardens to visit, and 32 castles. The Ironbridge Gorge and Quarry Park are extremely famous attractions as well as the Royal Air Force Museum.
Gloucestershire: You like history? Come to Gloucestershire. The stuff here is OLD. Berkeley Castle is over 800 years old, Tewkesbury Abbey is a sprightly 500 years old and has the tallest Norman tower in England. There are many fine churches and manors to explore too. There’s also this gem of a story: In March 2014 a song by Michael Jackson called "Days in Gloucestershire" got leaked on the internet. The song is notable for his mispronunciation of the county name as "Glue-kester-shire".
With almost 1000 options on FlipKey in the Heart of England region, consider staying in a vacation rental instead of a traditional hotel. You’ll have all the privacy, space, and amenities of home for a more affordable price. Travelers can see the Heart of England like a local would, on-the-ground and part of the mix.