Discover boutique hotels in West Midlands, United Kingdom

The West Midlands has given the world William Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, rugby, Cadbury’s chocolate and a little thing called the Industrial Revolution. There’s long been much ado in this powerhouse region, and today’s visitors can still explore the bard’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon and climb the tower at the 900-year-old Kenilworth Castle, built by foppish flirt Robert Dudley to impress Queen Elizabeth I. Cadbury World will indulge the Little Smith’s Willy Wonka fantasies (or your own, if you’re so inclined) and petrol-heads can rev their engines at the Land Rover off-road experience in sunny Solihull. But there’s also nature aplenty, of course: wetlands, woodlands and heaths abound in the five (five!) areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Areas in West Midlands

When to go

The months of June to September are your best bets for enjoying the region’s natural beauty, though plan ahead during the school holidays for visits to Stratford-upon-Avon. The forests that inspired Tolkien are at their atmospheric best in autumn.

Getting there

  • Planes

    You can fly into Birmingham International Airport from London and many European cities.
  • Trains

    London Euston has direct trains to Birmingham New Street and Shrewsbury. There’s also a direct train from London Marylebone to Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Automobiles

    For day trips and exploring, you’ll need wheels. We recommend hiring a car at Birmingham Airport.