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Birmingham: Suburbs

Aston Hall, Birmingham
Aston Hall, Birmingham (Photo: Not So Big Media)

Birmingham is a big city and you have to venture out of the city centre to reach many historic buildings. Aston Hall north of the city centre is is one of the city's most treasured buildings.

Staying on the outskirts of Birmingham can prove cheaper and easier if you are visiting by car. These hotels are great if you plan to spend most of your time visiting nearby towns and attractions. Public transport can be difficult though.

Also just north of the city centre is Soho House, the elegant home of industrialist and enterpreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 to 1809. In the south there's Sarehole Mill, one of only two surviving working watermills in Birmingham and known for its association with the author JRR Tolkien who spent part of his childhood nearby. He used the site and its surroundings as the inspiration for the Shire in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

On a sunny day head to the open space of Cannon Hill Park or if it's raining, Cadbury World in Bournville is popular and allows visitors a glimpse into this famous chocolate factory as well as learning about the manufacturing process and the history of the company.

Last Updated Friday 6 March 2020

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