Birmingham’s Aston Hall and Other Sites of Interest

One of the prominent attractions in the city of Birmingham, England is historic Aston Hall, a Jacobean-style residence dating back to the early 1600’s which is now owned and operated by the city as a museum space and cultural centre. The mansion was built in the first half of the 17th century, and was designed by the architect Henry Thorpe at the behest of Sir Thomas Holte, whose family occupied the building after its completion in 1631. The damage caused in an attack by Parliamentary troops in 1643 can be seen to this day – there is still a hole in the staircase from a cannonball that found its mark.

The home remained the property of the Holte family until the early 19th century, when it was owned for a brief period by the son of the industrial genius and inventor, James Watt. In 1858, James Watt, Jr. sold Aston Hall to a private company which began to operate the property as a museum; eventually the city of Birmingham took ownership of it, and at the present time, Aston Hall is a public museum run by the Birmingham City Council.

Another fun Birmingham attraction that the whole family (especially the kids) will enjoy is Cadbury World. The world-famous chocolate bar-maker’s factory offers tours and tastings. Ask your Birmingham hotel concierge for maps and more information concerning these and other local sites of interest.

Birmingham is England’s “Second City”, but is a first-rate destination for holidaymakers searching for an alternative to expensive and crowded London. Birmingham hotels are less expensive than their comparable London counterparts and Birmingham exudes a laid-back charm that belies its size. Birmingham offers first-class accommodations at a reasonable price, as well as shopping, nightlife, fine dining, the above-mentioned attractions, and much more. Make Birmingham your next business or holiday destination!

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  1. Cleveland

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