Leave Upper Arley for the spa town of Kidderminster before heading to Harvington Hall to explore the house and gardens. Pause at Bewdley on the banks of the River Severn before enjoying the excitement of West Midlands Safari Park. Enjoy the peace of Wyre Forest before arriving at Witley Court and Gardens. Head for Brockhampton Estate passing Edward Elgar’s birthplace en route.
The fantastic Arley Arboretum and Gardens are great day out for all the family. See the preserved steam engines, the Italian Garden, the Magnolia Garden and stunning collection of azaleas and rhododendrons. Explore the themed trails, maze and watch out for the peacocks!
Just 17 miles from Birmingham, Kidderminster is relatively large town with Victorian heritage and buildings. Visit the Museum of Carpet, one of the three shopping centres or a may be relax with a walk along the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal or River Stour.
Originally dating from the 1300’s Harvington Hall is a fine example of a moated manor house where visitors can discover an abundance of priest hides, rare paintings and then explore the moated island with its Georgian chapel. Relax in the peaceful surroundings and don’t forget to a pay visit to the Moatside Tearoom!
Victorian Bewdley sits alongside the River Severn where you can visit the micro brewery, Bewdley Museum, cafes and shops. Take a trip to West Midlands Safari Park for a walk on the wild side and close up animal encounters.
Explore the great outdoors and fresh air at Wyre Forest. Whether it is horse riding, walking, cycling, mountain biking or zipping through the tree tops there is plenty of activities to enjoy. The Wyre Forest district itself covers a much wider area packed with museums, houses, steam railway and other visitor attractions.
Witley Court and Gardens
Discover the stunning Witley Court and Gardens where you can visit the ruins and architecture of the spectacular house. Explore the landscaped gardens of fountains, terraces, flower beds and pavilions before taking in Great Witley Church and a woodland walk.
Wichenford is home to a small 17th century half timbered dovecote that was historically part of Wichenford Court. Despite its size, you can enter the dovecote – just watch the step!
Visit the Firs, Elgar’s birthplace. A cottage built in the early 19th century was the 1857 birthplace of Edward Elgar is now a small scale museum dedicated to the life of the English composer. Explore the cottage, enjoy the garden and be sure to pay a visit to the tearoom.
The 1,700 acre Brockhampton Estate has over 600 years of history. The moated manor house dates from the 14th century, whilst the gatehouse was built at a later date. Take time to explore the park, woodland and orchards of the estate.