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Lumsdale Valley and Mills, Matlock

This lesser known destination will not disappoint. Gaze in awe at spectacular waterfalls as you explore the ancient woodland and historic ruins. History and horticulture combine in this spiritual place, with beautiful landscapes and a wealth of wildlife. You are set to have a truly enchanting walk in this hidden haven. The Mills themselves are haunting with both the Bone Mill and Paint Mill looking like a cross between something from a horror film and a fairy tale. Keep an eye out of the Wishing Stone, too! Tranquil and serene, it’s a Matlock must-visit.

Lychgate Cottages, Coventry

These impressive buildings lie just a couple minutes’ walk from the Cathedral and are are a fine example of medieval architecture. They are the city’s best preserved historic buildings and impressively survived the blitz, escaping destruction in the 1940 bombing raid. They were originally built as one but has since been divided into three separate cottages. They are often open for the annual Heritage Open Days event in September and the Prayer House holds regular open house events. If you are ever in the area, make sure you have a wander in order to remark at their splendor.

Leasowes Walled Garden, Halesowen

Although still under reconstruction, the parts which have been completed are beautiful. Volunteers are restoring it to its former glory and its worth seeing for yourself. There is a blissful orchard, a great place to sit and relax and take in the sounds of nature. This is the true definition of ‘hidden gem’ as even though it has been there for 240 years, its relatively unknown. This will ensure your visit is a peaceful one, rather than having to share it with hundreds of other tourists. Another bonus is that admission is free!

Goodrich Castle, Goodrich

Goodrich Castle is one of the best preserved English medieval castles. It’s steeped in history, has truly spectacular views and tearoom – all aspects which make for a great day out for the family. The origins date back to the late 11th century. Set in the beautiful countryside, it has plenty to explore including a chapel, dungeon, former moat and towers. It’s recommended that you take the audio guide for the full experience (they’re free!). Make sure you set aside a couple hours in order to make the most of this hidden treasure.

Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire

This is an atmospheric Elizabethan farmhouse which saved a king in its heyday. Whilst visiting you can find out about the dramatic story of King Charles II who hid from Cromwell’s troops there, way back in 1651. You can hear fascinating stories about how life was there from knowledgeable tour guides, provided by the National Trust. Once you have completed the tour you can spend some time on your own looking around. The lovely gardens are relaxing and you can also walk in the King’s Wood before returning for refreshments in the tea room.

About

The Midlands is a cultural and geographic area roughly spanning central England and known to be referred to as ‘The Heart of England.’ It is the home of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, possesses many areas of outstanding natural beauty, and is also home to England’s second largest city, Birmingham. It is steeped in art, history, and culture and with the Peak District and the traditional seaside resort of Skegness there’s guaranteed to be plenty going on when you visit.

Lumsdale Valley and Mills, Matlock

This lesser known destination will not disappoint. Gaze in awe at spectacular waterfalls as you explore the ancient woodland and historic ruins. History and horticulture combine in this spiritual place, with beautiful landscapes and a wealth of wildlife. You are set to have a truly enchanting walk in this hidden haven. The Mills themselves are haunting with both the Bone Mill and Paint Mill looking like a cross between something from a horror film and a fairy tale. Keep an eye out of the Wishing Stone, too! Tranquil and serene, it’s a Matlock must-visit.

Lychgate Cottages, Coventry

These impressive buildings lie just a couple minutes’ walk from the Cathedral and are are a fine example of medieval architecture. They are the city’s best preserved historic buildings and impressively survived the blitz, escaping destruction in the 1940 bombing raid. They were originally built as one but has since been divided into three separate cottages. They are often open for the annual Heritage Open Days event in September and the Prayer House holds regular open house events. If you are ever in the area, make sure you have a wander in order to remark at their splendor.

Leasowes Walled Garden, Halesowen

Although still under reconstruction, the parts which have been completed are beautiful. Volunteers are restoring it to its former glory and its worth seeing for yourself. There is a blissful orchard, a great place to sit and relax and take in the sounds of nature. This is the true definition of ‘hidden gem’ as even though it has been there for 240 years, its relatively unknown. This will ensure your visit is a peaceful one, rather than having to share it with hundreds of other tourists. Another bonus is that admission is free!

Goodrich Castle, Goodrich

Goodrich Castle is one of the best preserved English medieval castles. It’s steeped in history, has truly spectacular views and tearoom – all aspects which make for a great day out for the family. The origins date back to the late 11th century. Set in the beautiful countryside, it has plenty to explore including a chapel, dungeon, former moat and towers. It’s recommended that you take the audio guide for the full experience (they’re free!). Make sure you set aside a couple hours in order to make the most of this hidden treasure.

Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire

This is an atmospheric Elizabethan farmhouse which saved a king in its heyday. Whilst visiting you can find out about the dramatic story of King Charles II who hid from Cromwell’s troops there, way back in 1651. You can hear fascinating stories about how life was there from knowledgeable tour guides, provided by the National Trust. Once you have completed the tour you can spend some time on your own looking around. The lovely gardens are relaxing and you can also walk in the King’s Wood before returning for refreshments in the tea room.