Day Trips from Birmingham

Set within Central England, Birmingham sits at the very heart of the country. England’s second city once played a key role in the industrial revolution of the 18th century, and now has been transformed into a contemporary city, rich in culture, with great transport links to the rest of the country.


East Midlands, Birmingham


Despite a devastating fire in 1694, Warwick sits proudly on the banks of the River Avon, and is home to a selection of fine historical buildings. Even today it remains a treasure-house of medieval architecture with rich veins of history and charming streets, dominated by the imposing turrets of Warwick Castle.

Rail Travel Time:

Birmingham > Warwick 45mins

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Warwick Castle

Dating back to 1068, Warwick Castle has been part of British history for nearly 1,000 years. It has been besieged, captured, and repelled enemy attackers on many occasions, so it’s seen its fair share of action! Today this beautifully kept castle makes a great day out, staging exciting medieval events like jousting and falconry, and some great immersive experiences like the castle dungeon. The castle is a 15 minute walk from the station.

Website: Warwick Castle


Lord Leycester Hospital

Lord Leycester Hospital is an historic group of timber-framed buildings on the high street dating back to the 14th century. It was a place of retirement for old warriors known as Brethren and some still remain today living in the buildings. The Brethren can be seen in their ceremonial uniform and offer tours of their building and gardens.

Website: Lord Leycester Hospital


Warwick Boats

Warwick Boats offers a wide variety of vessels to enjoy a leisurely row down the River Avon from electric motor boats, canoes, kayaks or pedalos. This is a great family day out, and rowing past the majestic Castle, is a particular highlight.

Website: Warwick Boats



A picturesque market town full of independent shops, characterful cafés and rowing boats drifting down the River Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon is famously the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Visit The Royal Shakespeare Company and five beautifully preserved Tudor homes and gardens, all directly linked with The Bard, for a feeling of days gone by.

Rail Travel Time:

Birmingham > Stratford-Upon-Avon  1hr

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Royal Shakespeare Company

Watch one of Shakespeare’s plays being performed in his hometown at the Royal Shakespeare Company (advance booking strongly recommended) or visit anyway and dine with a view in their Rooftop Restaurant.


Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Enjoy a multimedia exhibition and live theatre in the house in which Shakespeare was born and grew up.

Shakespeare's wife house

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Shakespeare in Love! Visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the beautiful 500 year old cottage where Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be. Hear readings there of his most popular sonnets.

Shakespeare's birthplace


Ludlow & Ludlow Castle

Nicknamed the gastronomic capital of the Midlands, Ludlow is a medieval market town with a lively community feel, thanks largely to its numerous festivals and quirky independent shops. Home to Ludlow Castle, the historic town centre is perched on a cliff above the River Teme and surrounded by fertile countryside.

Rail Travel Time:
Birmingham > Ludlow 1hr 50mins

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