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This is an article submitted by Carol Trehearn. 

The West Midlands are probably one of the most unexplored regions of the UK. With all the attention immediately going to London, the Lakes, the Peaks, the Dales, and the beaches of Cornwall and Devon, people forget to look further afield for hidden gems of UK breaks. The West Midlands offer a huge variety of interesting days out, and here are just some of them below:

Cadbury World

It is the home of the best chocolate in the world – who wouldn’t want to visit it? The rumours are true; they give away free chocolate tasters the whole way around the tour. The tour moves through the history of the company, the manufacturing of the chocolate, the evolution of the packaging and much more.

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There are interactive games, 4D chocolate adventures and even a cafe, just in case you haven’t eaten enough chocolate during the tour. The bargain misshapen chocolates are not to be missed out on for friends and family from the gift shop.

Black Country Living Museum

Situated in this historic town of Dudley, this museum is as fascinating as it is educational. Encompassing 300 years of history, it is one of the finest and largest open-air museums in Britain. The Black Country is so distinctive because of the sheer scale of industrialism that was unleashed, and this incredibly realistic museum offers games, crafts, storytellers and even trams.

Symphony Hall

Voted on Trip Advisor as the number one place to visit in the West Midlands, this stunning hall houses a panoply of entertainments including jazz, world, folk, pop, rock, classical music, spoken word, dance and much more. There is even a Disney Frozen in Concert this Christmas – it really does have something for everyone, but it is the breath-taking interior that makes this building world-famous.By Amanda Slater [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Wightwick Manor and Gardens

Getting out of the city and into the country will bring you this spellbinding Victorian manor, one of the few existing in the country from the Arts and Crafts movement. Preserved in 1937, the house is now a relic of an out of fashion era that proudly displays its Aesthetic heritage, complete with wallpaper, paintings, and interiors pertaining to that movement. The equally splendid Victorian gardens come with a pottery shop, art studio and antiquarian bookshop.

These are but a few of the things the West Midlands have to offer. With expert rail links feeding into Birmingham, itself the second most populous city in England, and an international airport, this region could not be more accessible.

So why not take your family on a memorable weekend where they can experience some of the rich cultural history of the region, as well as the rich chocolate of the Cadbury dreamland. For accommodation, why not search via IHG Hotels Birmingham in order to find the right location and star quality for your trip, complete with helpful reviews and recommendations to aid you in planning your wonderful weekend away.

Have you been to the West Midlands? What would you add to this list? Share with us in the comments 🙂 

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