Black Country    
Black Country

Take a journey through the industrial past as we visit the Black Country Living Museum in the West Midlands, the highlight of the weekend. Step back in time as you experience the sounds and smells of the industrial revolution first-hand and wander along the gas-lit cobbled streets where costumed characters have been proudly telling the distinctive story of the Black Country for 40 years.

    Day 1

After a morning pickup we travel to Buxton. The market town is renowned for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, much of which is linked to the ambitions of the 5th Duke of Devonshire who wanted to make Buxton a sincere rival for the more fashionable Bath. You might like to visit the Pavilion Gardens, or spend the afternoon shopping. Mid afternoon we continue to the hotel.


    Day 2

Full day at Black Country Museum. Covering 26 acres of former industrial land, Black Country Living Museum is uniquely placed to tell the story of the creation of the world’s first industrial landscape. Over fifty authentic shops, houses and workshops have been carefully reconstructed to preserve the character of the region when its manufacturers bought worldwide fame to Black Country Towns. Take a trip on the tram to explore the canal-side village, where you can meet and chat to the costumed characters. Explore the underground mine and experience the authentic sights, sounds, smells and tastes from the past.


    Day 3

After a leisurely breakfast we check out of the hotel and head to Biddulph Gardens. 

This amazing Victorian garden was created by James Bateman for his collection of plants from around the world. A visit takes you on a global journey from Italy to the pyramids of Egypt, a Victorian vision of China and a re-creation of a Himalayan glen.

The garden features collections of rhododendrons, summer bedding displays, a stunning dahlia walk in late summer and the oldest surviving golden larch in Britain, brought from China in the 1850s. The Geological Gallery shows how Bateman reconciled geology and theology. Travel through time as the gallery depicts the creation story.


    Tillington Hall Hotel

Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel in Stafford offers a serene backdrop for any stay in the Heart of England. With a choice of 91 recently refurbished bedrooms and a lounge, bar and restaurant to take care of your taste buds, you'll have everything you need during your stay or stop-over.


No single supplement for single rooms (limited availability).

£30 supplement for sole occupancy of a double room.


  • Return coach travel
  • 2 nights BW Tillington Hall Hotel half board
  • Admission to Black County Living Museum and Biddulph Gardens
  • Visit to Buxton 


The price shown is per person based on two adults sharing a twin/double room.

Child (12 years and under) prices are based on sharing with two full fare paying passengers. Therefore, if one adult and one child share a room the child will pay the adult price.

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