Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire, while the early morning sun illuminates the Italian Garden, featuring fastigate Irish yews, herbaceous borders and planters containing Portuguese laurels (Prunus lusitanica). Photographed in October.

Places to visit in the West Midlands

Looking for things to do in the West Midlands? The region is packed with dazzling theatres, colossal exhibition centres, Balti restaurants, and shiny shopping malls. Shrines in Coventry include super-size-sports and music arenas and cathedral ruins alike. With endless ancient woodlands, heaths, and wetlands to explore, it isn’t hard to see how this place inspired JRR Tolkien to write The Lord of the Rings. With county cricket, Premier League football, and rugby union alongside Europe’s biggest library, both sports fans and bookworms will be in heaven. The West Midlands is also home to Cadbury’s chocolate factory where you can taste the chocolate fresh from the production line.

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Visit Europe's largest library

The Library of Birmingham houses a million printed volumes, the largest number held by any public library in the UK.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Uncover hidden treasures in the historic Jewellery Quarter

Explore this creative industrial hub in Birmingham and admire Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Uncover the story of West Midland’s industrial heritage

Go back to the where it all started, the Black Country Living Museum – home of the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Dudley, West Midlands

 

Step into the magical world of JRR Tolkien

Celebrate this great literary mind by exploring his childhood haunts, the inspiration for literary classics Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

This lavish Georgian house in Birmingham was once the home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, leading member of the Lunar Society.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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