Birmingham + The Midlands

Birmingham + The Midlands Travel Guide

The Princes in the Tower, reputedly murdered by their uncle (the future Richard III) in the Tower of London, spent their childhood at this splendid 924-year- old castle.

Fine Neoclassical country house with gardens and grounds designed by Capability Brown. The behind-stairs tour is worth taking, and so is the long walk around the island sanctuary for herons.

Dating back to the 14th century, this timbered manor house was already old when Shakespeare was alive; miles of walks through park and woodland are full of bird-watching and wildlife-spotting opportunities.

A 17th-century manor house with handsome interiors and grounds that include a lovely walled garden and a collection of centuries-old Spanish chestnut trees.