Central England / The Heart of England

Consisting of the following counties Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands (Birmingham and the Black Country) and Worcestershire. Originally a region of rural farmland and countryside which was transformed by the industrial revolution to a centre of industry. An area of major waterways, with great rivers from the Severn, Wye and Avon in the West to the Derwent and Trent in the East and canals from the Llangollen to the Tent and Mersey and Grand Union. This is the old Saxon kingdom of Mercia (visit the Saxon Hoard now located in The Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent and the Birmingham Museum) and its importance through history is evidenced by the number of Castles and later fine Mansions that adorn the region. In at the start of the Industrial Revolution it has seen much heavy industry grow, dominate and subsequently all but disappear leaving a proud legacy of industrial history and heritage.

Brief details of accessibility / disabled access are given on the property / attractions listings where we have them – we support Accessible Countryside for Everyone in promoting access to leisure


Official Tourist Information




Other Tourist Information



UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Derwent Valley Mills - Derbyshire - www.derwentvalleymills.org

Ironbridge Gorge - Shropshire - www.ironbridge.org.uk


National Parks

Peak District National Park - www.peakdistrict.gov.uk



Cannock Chase - www.cannock-chase.co.uk

The Cotswolds - www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

The Malver Hills - www.malvernhillsaonb.org.uk

The Shropshire Hills - www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk

The Wye Valley - www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk


Accessible guide to the Midlands - by Visit Britain


International Airports in the region

Birmingham - www.birminghamairport.co.uk - for information and help for those travelling with a disability or a special need via the airport click here - a Changing Places Toilet is located within the Departure Lounge ("If you require access to this room then this must be arranged through OCS at your initial booking") changing-places-icon

East Midlands - www.eastmidlandsairport.com- for information and help for those travelling with a disability or a special need via the airport click here - in the Departure Lounge there is a Changing Place facility (req Radar Key) changing-places-icon after security on the first floor, accessed by lift and a First aid room in the arrivals area after clearing customs which may be used by customers for any procedure which requires privacy"



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