Trip to the West Midlands (UK)

Solihull, Birmingham, Coventry

Football and Shakespeare

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  • Cafes & Restaurants
  • Gastronomy
  • Transport Services
  • Eat Takeaway
  • Art Gallery
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  • Museum
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Villa Park

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Birmingham, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

Well I guess it helps to be a football ( soccer ) fan but Aston Villa has an excellent stadium with good views of the action. Claret and blue everywhere. Greatly improved over the years eg now plentiful ladies’ loos. Arrive early to park in nearby streets.

  • Birmingham B6 6RP, UK

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Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

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Coventry, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

Art gallery in beautiful setting. Very good permanent collection and also high quality temporary ones. eg Canaletto in London and Martin Parr photography were both brilliant. Going shortly to see ‘Painting and Childhood’ Combine with a visit to Stratford Upon Avon, though you will need a car to travel in between.

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Lambs

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Solihull, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

Good restaurants in Stratford are hard to find. Too touristy. But Lambs is good. Recommend their pre theatre set menu.

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Premier Inn Stratford Upon Avon Waterways

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Solihull, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

A reliable choice for an economical stay in Stratford upon Avon. I prefer it to the central Premier Inn as if you are lucky, you get a nice canal view and the parking is better. You can also very easily walk into the town. 10 mins to Shakespeare’s birthplace, a further 5 mins to the theatres. For details of the theatres, see Louise’s favourite theatres, separate list.

  • +448715279316
  • The Waterways, Birmingham Rd, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 0AW, UK

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Bensons Restaurant & Tea Rooms

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Solihull, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

A high quality choice for breakfast in Stratford upon Avon, in the very street where Shakespeare was born. Go for the full English with included hot drink, well cooked and well presented. ( I like the little milk bottles ) There are other options but in this place I feel one should be traditional.

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Ramada Birmingham Solihull

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Solihull, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

This hotel is in Solihull not Birmingham but as Solihull is much nicer to stay in, that is fine by me. It is brilliantly located in Solihull town centre and has free parking. It used to be called The George and is still known as such locally. The second picture is of the bowling green which is scenically positioned in a sort of inner courtyard. The dining room looks on to it. It is also a bargain price. Nearly all rooms have been refurbished. If you get an older one , ask for an upgrade. Perfect for visits to Birmingham or Stratford.

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Barnabys

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Solihull, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

Lovely fish and chips just opposite the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford upon Avon.

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Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust

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Solihull, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

Buy a joint ticket to all of the historic houses associated with Shakespeare , his birthplace, Anne Hathaways cottage, Mary Arden’s house etc

  • +441789204507
  • Harvard House, 26 High St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6AU, UK

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