The Industrial Heritage of the Black Country

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Cadbury’s World

Board our private executive coach at your preferred pick up points – stop at Cadbury’s World at Bourneville, dedicated to the history of chocolate – 4* Telford Hotel & Golf Resort on the outskirts of Ironbridge for a four night stay on a half board basis.

Day 2 – Ironbridge & Blists Hill Victorian Town

Ironbridge, the great symbol of the success of the iron industry, was cast in 1779 by Abraham Darby and its great arch enthralled visitors who came from all over the world to admire its construction, as they still do today – see the Ironbridge and Toll House and visit the Coalport China Museum and the Jackfield Tile Museum – Blists Hill Victorian Town is a recreation of life in a Victorian community with working factories, shops and cottages as well as the ‘townsfolk’.

Day 3 – Museum of the Jewellery Quarter & Birmingham Back to Backs

Guided tour of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter explores the history of Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage – time at leisure in Birmingham and on an individual basis you may choose to enjoy a canal cruise – the National Trust’s Birmingham Back to Backs is a carefully restored atmospheric 19th century courtyard of working people’s houses revealing the lives of some of their former residents who crammed into these small houses to live and work.

Day 4 – Stokesay Castle, Ludlow, Severn Valley Railway & Bridgnorth

English Heritage’s Stokesay Castle is a perfectly preserved medieval fortified manor house dating back to the 11th century and nestling in a green valley in the heart of the Shropshire countryside – time at leisure in Ludlow for lunch – one way 16 mile steam train excursion from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway is a wonderful way to explore the beauty of the River Severn (those not opting for the train excursion continue by coach to Kidderminster) – remainder of the afternoon in the historic town of Bridgnorth.

Day 5 – Black Country Living Museum

The award winning Black Country Living Museum, with period shops and houses set in a landscape of 26 acres, offers a glimpse into 300 years of history and reveals what it was like to live and work in one of the world’s most industrialised landscapes.

Tour Features

4* hotel

Half board accommodation

All excursions & guided tours included

Blue Badge guide on Days 3 & 4

Executive coach throughout

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Cadbury’s World

Ironbridge

Blists Hill Victorian Town

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter - guided tour

Birmingham Back to Backs

Stokesay Castle

Ludlow

Severn Valley Railway

Bridgnorth

Black Country Living Museum

Hotel

Four nights on half board basis at the 4* Telford Hotel & Golf Resort on the outskirts of Ironbridge. Located in a countryside setting, the hotel has a restaurant, bar and indoor swimming pool. All rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Broadfield House Glass Museum - home to a fine collection dating from the 17th century to the present day, with particular focus on the famous Stourbridge glass industry

  • World of Wedgwood - guided tour of the factory sees craftsmen at work, utilising unique artisan skills and techniques honed over 250 years

  • Gladstone Pottery Museum - the former Gladstone China Works is now preserved as the last complete Victorian pottery factory in the country

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor this tour
for your group

Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 3* hotel
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities 

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor make the perfect tour
for your group