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Birmingham

Approximate flight time: 1 hour

No of flights per week: 5

Airlines that fly direct: Loganair

Currency: GBP

Birmingham city virtual canal walk

Feel the bustle and excitement of Britain’s canal capital as you take a virtual tour around the arteries of the industrial revolution. Start in the heart of things at Brindley Place and look out for The National Sea Life Centre and the ICC before heading through Gas Street Basin and out into the myriad of possibilities that is the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

See how many pubs, cafes and other eateries you can spot as you wander virtually along the towpath.

Lapworth Museum of Geology

The Lapworth Museum of Geology holds the finest and most extensive collections of fossils, minerals and rocks in the Midlands. Dating back to 1880, it is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK. From fossils to volcanoes, diamonds to dinosaurs the museum captures the imagination of all ages.

The collections contain in excess of 250,000 specimens. In addition to rocks, fossils and minerals, there are large collections of early geological maps, equipment, models, photographic material, and also zoological specimens and stone axes.

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

Compton Verney is home to six diverse collections of nationally and internationally significant art from around the world, including British Folk Art, Chinese bronzes, British Portraits and works from Northern Europe and Naples. You can also find objects of inspiration and original textile designs by Enid Marx in our Marx-Lambert Collection.

The gallery is set within 120 acres of Grade II listed park, landscaped by Capability Brown, the most eminent landscape architect of the eighteenth-century. Today the grounds still reflect his ‘pleasure grounds’ of sweeping grassland, ornamental lake and Cedars of Lebanon for which Brown is famous. On the walk from the car park you can enjoy Brown’s footpaths through the woodland, stopping off to admire the 
viewpoints he created, which today make great photo opportunities.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a 1,040+ seat thrust stage theatre owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company dedicated to the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

Situated in a Grade II listed building, which retains many of the art deco features of the 1932 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, it re-opened in November 2010 after a three-year transformation project. The building is open daily to enjoy a meal in the Rooftop Restaurant, take a theatre tour, book a ticket to go up the tower for stunning views of Shakespeare's home town or visit the free exhibition spaces.

Dudley Zoo and Castle

From Lions & Tigers to Snakes & Spiders there’s fun for all ages at Dudley Zoo and Castle. Over 1,000 animals many exotic & endangered on a 40 acre site.

Come face to face with Lemurs as they roam freely in their woodland home. Feed colourful Rainbow Lorikeets pots of nectar. Watch amazing Bird of Prey as they demonstrate their flying skills around the Castle grounds.

Make some new furry friends down on the farm. Travel back in time and look out for ghosts in the 11th century castle.

 

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