West Midlands

Plan your day out in the West Midlands! Find hundreds of places to visit - museums, art galleries, historic attractions, castles and stately homes in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Worcestershire.

A photo of a group of people at Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire during the 19th century

Thousands of people return to Victorian lake which Rudyard Kipling's parents named him after

A daring performer recreated the poise of ancient tightrope star Carlos Trower during an event which returned Rudyard Lake to its 19th century heyday in Staffordshire this weekend.

A photo of a woman holding a flower in a ghostly position in a william shakespeare exhibition

Shakespeare 400: Art and theatre meet in spectacular Compton Verney and Royal Shakespeare Company exhibition

See some of the beautiful images and discover the Shakespeare in Art: Tempests, Tyrants and Tragedy at Compton Verney.

A photo of the grave of William Shakespeare at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon

"His skull isn't there at all": Archaeologists say spine-shivering radar results show Shakespeare's head was taken from grave

The first ever archaeological work carried out on Shakespeare's grave, at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, shows "very convincing" evidence of a missing skull, say experts.

A photo of a medieval painting of John the Baptist found at Shakespeare's Schoolroom

"It was miraculous": The moment when conservators found John the Baptist in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Leading Art Conservator Mark Perry was stunned to find the figure of John the Baptist in a medieval wall painting at Shakespeare's Schoolroom, which will open to the public on Shakespeare's birthday.

An old photo of an industrial tractor from an exhibition at coventry transport museum

What's your favourite tractor? From the South Pole to Bollywood, Coventry celebrates mud and glory

In Coventry, 2016 is the year of the tractor, which curators say they will immortalise as “mud and glory” heroes, including a procession of 70 vehicles in July.

The raiders return to Mercia: From shoes to a child's skate, exhibits show lives of the Vikings in Shropshre

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery’s new exhibition reveals day-to-day life and the complex concepts surrounding afterlife beliefs in a county which suffered multiple Viking raids.

A photo of an ancient black pot used for transporting industrial materials

An Industrial Revolution genius: This Abraham Darby pot is the western world's oldest coke iron casting

An ancient cooking pot in the collection of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust looks like being the oldest known coke iron casting in the western world, explains Dr Richard Williams.

a photo of a group of matchboxes with a composite image of the rolling stones on them.

Leave the Capital! The best exhibitions to see in the Midlands in 2016

The best exhibitions to see in Birmingham and the West Midlands, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and the East Midlands throughout 2016.

A photo of a deep stone well

Excavations in Stratford-upon-Avon reveal Shakespeare the country-town gentleman's kitchen

Beer brewing, pickling and salting took place in William Shakespeare’s kitchen, say archaeologists creating the most accurate version yet of the huge Stratford-upon-Avon house he bought more than......

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