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04 Dec 2019 - Elliott Brown
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City Centre Gardens a hidden gem behind The REP and Library of Birmingham

You can find the City Centre Gardens on Cambridge Street behind The REP and Library of Birmingham. Part of the Civic Centre estate, the gardens were opened in May 1993 close to the four residential tower blocks. Peaceful and relaxing, you would hardly know that it is there. You can go in during any season. Also nice views from the Library of Birmingham. Brindley Drive is on the right side.

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City Centre Gardens a hidden gem behind The REP and Library of Birmingham





You can find the City Centre Gardens on Cambridge Street behind The REP and Library of Birmingham. Part of the Civic Centre estate, the gardens were opened in May 1993 close to the four residential tower blocks. Peaceful and relaxing, you would hardly know that it is there. You can go in during any season. Also nice views from the Library of Birmingham. Brindley Drive is on the right side.


City Centre Gardens

Part of the Civic Centre Estate, there was various proposed schemes from 1918 onwards. Land was cleared in the 1920s near the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal towards the former Baskerville Wharf. The Hall of Memory was completed in 1925 and later Baskerville House by 1940 (just as WW2 broke out). The earlier schemes were abandoned, and by 1958 a new proposal for a line or residential towers was proposed. These were built by 1968 from the City Architect, Alan Maudsley. Including Galton Tower, Norton Tower, Crescent Tower and Cambridge Tower.

On the land where the gardens would one day be built was old factories and a warehouse. Apparently they were very derelict and run down. When Bingley Hall still stood (until the fire of 1984 - now the site of The ICC), you could park down this way. The City Centre Gardens was opened on the 18th May 1993 by two Councillors of Birmingham City Council. It later won an award from the Local Government News, Urban Green Space in 1995 for Street Design, winning the First Prize.

I have popped in here many times over the years in different weather conditions. When the Library of Birmingham opened in September 2013, there was decent views from the back of the Discovery Terrace (on Level 3) and from the Secret Garden (on Level 7).

 

February 2010

First visit into City Centre Gardens was during February 2010. One of the entrance signs on Cambridge Street with childrens artwork.

Main path to the central gazebo. There was some plaques on here, including one dated 18th May 1993 when the gardens was first opened to the public.

The second plaque on the gazebo (at the top) was in memory of Donald Octavius Smith (1949 - 2007), who was the founder of the Organisation for Sickle Cell Research (OSCAR).

The view towards Baskerville House and the Alpha Tower. Construction of the Library of Birmingham hadn't really begun at this point. The Orion Building and Hall of Memory were also visible from here.

View towards The ICC Birmingham. The REP was to the left and Brindleyplace over to the right. Tower of Three Brindleyplace visible from here.

This view towards Brindley Drive Car Park (since renamed Paradise Circus Car Park by Birmingham City Council). Baskerville House on the right.

Exit gate to Cambridge Street. The BT Tower is visible from the gardens.

August 2013

My next major visit to City Centre Gardens was in August 2013, a month before the Library of Birmingham was opened to the public.

A colourful flower tower seen from the far left Cambridge Street entrance (near the roundabout).

Flower beds lining the side of the gardens near Cambridge Street.

The Library of Birmingham seen for the first time completed next to Baskerville House. It would open a month after this. You can see the Discovery Terrace on the left, I would get to go up there when it opened in September 2013.

Hanging flower pot with the BT Tower.

The sun shining on these ball shaped hedges.

Lots of green with pinks and reds on this border.

The mixture of plants and flowers on the border close to Brindley Drive.

September 2013

The view from the Library of Birmingham. This was my first visit inside. I actually went 18 days after it first opened. Back then the library was so busy in the early weeks so I waited a bit. The view from the Discovery Terrace, Below is City Centre Gardens with the view of the four Civic Centre Estate towers (Galton Tower, Norton Tower, Crescent Tower and Cambridge Tower).

People relaxing or playing in the gardens. To be honest I'm not sure what they were doing!

April 2015

My next visit was during April 2015. The groundsmen has planted lots of colourful flowers all round the gardens. And they looked wonderful!

The gazebo seemed to have lost the wooden beams on top by then. Not sure why though.

You can't really go in here, as there is always flowers or plants in the middle. Lots of red,s pinks and yellows seen here during the spring.

A bench and one of the corner flower beds nearby the gazebo.

During 2017

Views during January 2017 from the Discovery Terrace at the Library of Birmingham as a pair of City Gardeners are seen hard at work.

Probably replanting the borders during a cold winter. There is usually not that much planted here in the witner. So mostly looks green, until spring comes and they plant flowers of a variety of colours. The wooden planks on the gazebo had been reattached by this point.

Panoramic taken in February 2017. From left to right: Baskerville House, Library of Birmingham, The REP and The ICC.

It is now August 2017 and the City Centre Gardens was looking lush and green during the height of the summer. Was several people sitting on the lawn. The usual view from the Discovery Terrace. With Norton Tower, Crescent Tower and Cambridge Tower visible from here.

January 2018

Winter again and it is now January 2018. Some rain and a light dusting of snow.

There was a lot of coaches on Cambridge Street at the time for the Strictly Come Dancing Tour at Arena Birmingham. It was probably really cold!

You can see the Civic Centre Towers from which ever angle you approach them. These are probably Galton Tower, Norton Tower and Crescent Tower.

If you can tell from these photos it was raining at the time, hence rain droplets on my lens. Not usually many people walking in here during winter. maybe the odd one or two.

Autumn 2019

Passing City Centre Gardens during October 2019 on Cambridge Street. This is the corner near Brindley Drive. This is the view from the service road between the Library of Birmingham and Baskerville House.

I'd previously got views from the Discovery Terrace. But I think this was my first view of City Centre Gardens in it's entirety from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham (on Level 7). Very autumnal all over with leaves on the ground during November 2019. The towers seen here are Norton, Crescent and Cambridge towers.

After collecting my Birmingham We Are 2020 Gems calendars, I popped into City Centre Gardens before heading towards St Paul's Square. Late autumn at the end of November 2019. Looking towards the Library of Birmingham.

Hedgerow archway hides the brick walls near those benches. With the BT Tower to the right. Someone will have to go up and install the new BT logos in 2020!

Far corner close to Brindley Drive. The REP and The ICC to the left. With the Civic Centre towers on the right. Leaves all over the place.

Which ever way you look the Civic Centre towers are there. Hedges and bushes of different sizes to the left of the brick wall.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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28 Nov 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Tudor Grange Park: former estate of the Bird family, now near Solihull College

Tudor Grange Park is the other main park near Solihull Town Centre. With entrances on Blossomfield Road and Homer Road. Also near Monkspath Hall Road. Originally the estate of the Bird family (of Bird's Custard fame). Solihull Council bought the park in 1946. The Alder Brook, a stream flows into a lake with many geese, ducks and swans etc. Good for walks. Also a cycling track.

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Tudor Grange Park: former estate of the Bird family, now near Solihull College





Tudor Grange Park is the other main park near Solihull Town Centre. With entrances on Blossomfield Road and Homer Road. Also near Monkspath Hall Road. Originally the estate of the Bird family (of Bird's Custard fame). Solihull Council bought the park in 1946. The Alder Brook, a stream flows into a lake with many geese, ducks and swans etc. Good for walks. Also a cycling track.


Previous related post on Alfred Bird here: Alfred Bird & Sons: the inventor of eggless custard.

Tudor Grange Park

The park was originally the estate of the Bird family, famed for their Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham. They lived in the nearby Tudor Grange House. Solihull Council bought the former farmland in 1946 and turned it into a park. Solihull College is quite close to the park on Blossomfield Road. Solihull Station is also in close walking distance from the park.

The park is quite close to my bus route, and you can walk in and out of the park from Solihull Town Centre. There is a path that goes under a railway bridge that carries the Chiltern Mainline between Birmingham Snow Hill / Moor Street and London Marylebone. Another bridge carries Prince's Way. The other major path for me is the one near Solihull College leading to the bus stop on Blossomfield Road. To the back is Monkspath Hall Road (near a car park).

I've been to this park several times over the years in different seasons so a gallery from different years.

May 2011

Starting from the Blossomfield Road in Solihull Town Centre. One of the paths close to Solihull Station (other side of the road) leads to Tudor Grange Leisure Centre.

A look at the modern Tudor Grange Leisure Centre.

Trees lush and green in the spring to the side of the leisure centre.

One of the paths in the park. Not far from the Alder Brook and the lake.

The skate park covered in graffiti. It is also close to the speedway or cycleway figure of eight. The skate park was built in 2003.

This sign welcomes you to Tudor Grange Park and shows a map of the Cycle and Wheeled Sports Track.

Another path. Feel it is best to stick to the path. The grass isn't too bad in the spring. In the colder months the grass gets a bit wet and muddy.

The lake is where you would find various birds such as ducks, geese, swans and gulls etc.

Another Welcome to Tudor Grange Park sign with a history of the park.

Central area with benches. The park improvements were done in 2008.

February 2014

The next visit in the late winter of 2014 at the beginning of February. Fingerpost pointing to the Town Centre, Play Area, Sports Area. Also to the Leisure Centre & Cafe.

Swings on the playground.

Slide in the playground.

Another view of the skate park. Interesting street art there at the time.

The path to Homer Road and the Town Centre. First bridge is the railway bridge that carries the Chiltern Mainline. The nearby railway station is Solihull Station which is to the left of here. Widney Manor and Dorridge are the next two local stations to the right. The next bridge down carries the road Prince's Way.

Now just before the road bridge for Prince's Way. Halfway to Homer Road. In the distance is the John Lewis Car Park (also near the Touchwood Shopping Centre).

For some reason I turned around and got another view of the railway bridge then turned back around and headed up the path to Homer Road. Probably wanted the bridges from both sides. In the distance is the playground.

A man (I think) carries his shopping bags down the path under the Prince's Way road bridge, before heading under the railway bridge. It is possible to see trains from the park, but trees are usually in the way for good views.

December 2015

It was Christmas Eve in December 2015 when I made this visit to Tudor Grange Park. Some of the birds in the lake. A coot.

A gull.

More gulls in the lake.

A moorhen on the lawn near the leaves.

January 2016

About a month later, but only had my then mobile camera on me. On this sunny lunchtime walk in the park. Close to the lake towards the leisure centre.

Rays of the sunshine on the lake full of birds.

December 2017

Snow in Tudor Grange Park near the end of December 2017. Mostly covering the grass. This was the snow from Boxing Day evening, the next day I headed to the park. But wasn't like the snow from 2 weeks earlier.

Snow on the grass either side of the Alder Brook.

End of the Alder Brook towards the lake. Wasn't cold enough to be iced over.

Gulls flying around the lake as a the sun catches on the surface of the lake.

Snow around the skate park.

Towards the playground on the left. Interesting lighting effects with the sun and clouds.

This is the athletics track at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre seen through the fence. A lot of snow here. Can hardly tell that it's an athletics track like this! There is a football field in the middle hence the goalpost.

Ducks behind the fence having their lunch. As well as the usual Mallards, was several Domestic ducks here.

More ducks and some swans as well.

December 2018

Another walk into Tudor Grange Park (a quick one). Got on this time from the path on Blossomfield Road (near Solihull College) and headed towards Monkspath Hall Road before going into the town centre.

The fingerpost and welcome sign again. Sometimes of later visits can't recall if I've previously taken something until I later check out my previous photos.

This is the railway bridge on Monkspath Hall Road, just outside of Tudor Grange Park. From here you can walk to Prince's Way and around to Homer Road. Either entering the shopping area at Touchwood or heading up Church Hill Road to the end of the Solihull High Street.

November 2019

An autumnal walk around Tudor Grange Park. This time starting from the path from Homer Road (I had been to the Town Centre again). Heading under the railway bridge into the park with lots of leaves on the ground.

Trees looking autumnal in browns and yellow colours. But still some green to be seen here.

The Alder Brook in the direction of the footbridge and lake. A caution sign here "No access to unauthorised persons". Went on the grass for this photo.

Leaving the park briefly at Monkspath Hall Road, this path takes you back into the park. Under this canopy of trees. Leaves completely covered the path.

Back in the park, now walking straight down the cycle way path or speedway path. Trees with brown leaves everywhere.

The path went round in a circle when I got to the far end, but did not see a connecting path to the path I wanted to take. Also a path to Solihull College had no access.

Cyclists can go round in a figure of eight. Here the path curving to the right. Trees in leaf fall, leaves on the ground.

Eventually cut past the skate park and playground, and made it to the path towards Blossomfield Road. Almost took the wrong path to Solihull College, before I found the familar path out of the park.

Looking on Google Maps, there is another park in Solihull called Hillfield Park. It is near Monkspath and Widney Manor. It might be possible to walk there from Solihull Town Centre, or just get the no 5 bus there instead. The weather has not been to great recently for park walks. It needs to be dry. I have been on the 5 past here a few times in the past, but not recently.

 

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26 Nov 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Cannon Hill Park through the seasons and over the years

I've taken hundreds and hundreds of photos of Cannon Hill Park over the years, so here will cut down to a selection of them. Of course I've been going to this park since I was little. But started taking photos of it in 2009. In winter, spring, summer or autumn always changing. Sometimes the same. Good for a walk. Many memorials here as well. Playgrounds and fun fairs. The MAC etc.

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Cannon Hill Park through the seasons and over the years





I've taken hundreds and hundreds of photos of Cannon Hill Park over the years, so here will cut down to a selection of them. Of course I've been going to this park since I was little. But started taking photos of it in 2009. In winter, spring, summer or autumn always changing. Sometimes the same. Good for a walk. Many memorials here as well. Playgrounds and fun fairs. The MAC etc.


Have a look at my Flickr album on Cannon Hill Park. If I take more photos, I will add them to that album.

2009

This was during May 2009. One of the earlier road trains that goes around the park.

The playground that is near the boating lake (if you went past the Midlands Art Centre / MAC).

This playground used to have a big ramp for kids to run along on.

This was during November 2009. Flower red with a circular pyramid of pots. Still some flowers even at that time of year.

Looking over the boating lake towards the playground. The cricket towers had yet to get refurbished / redcladded (Wickets Tower and Century Tower). They were given a white look in 2012.

Looking over the field in the park  towards the playground and boating lake.

Bridge over the lake. It exits towards the car park over another bridge (that crossed the River Rea). Over here you find many geese and gulls.

2010

This was during early December 2010 when Cannon Hill Park was covered in snow and all the lakes were frozen over.

Hardly anyone around as the boating lake was covered in a complete layer of ice.

Canada geese and gulls were able to stand on it. Was a section of open water near the start of the boating lake.

Just look at these Canada geese on the ice!

This is the second lake in the park. Also iced over. Known as the Canoe Pool according to Google Map.s

Seagulls flying around near this lake in early winter.

2011

Skipping ahead to April 2011. And was many spring flowers to see in the flower beds. Reds, yellows, purples etc.

A yellow flower bed.

Around this stone base or plinth was yellow, red, orange and pink coloured flowers.

Pink tulips and yellow flowers in this flower bed around a lamppost.

Palm trees in one area of the park. Maybe the wrong time of year to see them.

Many of the tulips were to be seen near the Russell Road entrance of the park. Pink ones here.

Red tulips. Making the park look colourful.

Another view of the pink tulips with yellow flowers.

2013

This was in July 2013. Don't think I got anything in 2012. Any way this time of the year was a lot of colourful summer flowrs. Yellows and reds in the flower beds.

Probably the same flower beds I took in the Spring 2011 photo. Just different flowers. Yellow flowers around the lamppost. Pinks in the flower beds behind.

A lot of red in these flower beds, plus several flower towers and a bit of yellow.

White and pinks I think in this flower bed.

These ones in the direction of the Boer War Memorial. Yellows, purples and pinks here.

2016

Ice cream van seen in March 2016. From the car park that runs along Queen's Ride. The footbridge over the River Rea is to the left and you head into the park from there. Verrecchia freshly whipped Italian ice cream.

Macro of a red tulip seen during May 2016.

And of a yellow tulip. Wonderful to see in April or May of every year.

Also this orangey yellow tulip.

2017

Wonderful display of Spring flowers and tulips during April 2017. Yellows, oranges and reds (I think).

Pink and purple tulips.

Flower towers and more of the pink and yellow tulips all over this large flower bed.

Close up of the purple and pink tulips. Red and yellow coloured flowers below.

They do a good job every year with these flower displays, especially over the spring and summer periods. A lot of reds here.

2018

Tourist road train seen during July 2018. That summer I'd been to Tuscany in Italy. So I saw road trains like this in Pisa. But I've seen similar over the years elsewhere on holiday as well.

That summer the grass was quite yellow after a long heatwave in July of that year.

Get some Italian ice cream. I was probably still uploading my Tuscany and Florence photos to Flickr at that time. Hopefully will go back to Italy again next year?

Now it was during October 2018. The palm trees were looking OK. The garden that is supposed to be a bit like Ancient Rome or Greece?

More palm trees and columns. This area is on the left as you enter the park from Edgbaston Road.

2019

A visit during February 2019. The sky was blue and the grass was green. Yet it was still winter. No leaves on the trees. View towards the boating lake.

Nice shadows from the trees on the field as families enjoy the sunshine in the winter. View towards The MAC.

Passing through the park in August 2019. A water jet fountain at the crazy golf course had gone sky blue.

A cyclist going past the wonderful flower beds. This was close to the Edgbaston Road entrance that I was heading to. A walk that started from Highbury Park and went in the back entrance via the Holders Lane Woods and the Rea Valley Route.

I'll probably do more Cannon Hill Park posts in the future. Got more material, such as the war memorials.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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The wonderful colour changes of Autumn.

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19 Nov 2019 - Elliott Brown
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National Trust properties around the Midlands (Spring and Summer 2019)

On my National Trust membership card, been to many National Trust properties around the shire counties in the spring and summer of 2019. I was thinking about doing a post on the Cotswolds properties I went to, but here will stick to the Midlands (for now). Croome Court in Worcestershire. Canons Ashby in Northamptonshire. Farnborough Hall in Warwickshire. Berrington Hall in Herefordshire.

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National Trust properties around the Midlands (Spring and Summer 2019)





On my National Trust membership card, been to many National Trust properties around the shire counties in the spring and summer of 2019. I was thinking about doing a post on the Cotswolds properties I went to, but here will stick to the Midlands (for now). Croome Court in Worcestershire. Canons Ashby in Northamptonshire. Farnborough Hall in Warwickshire. Berrington Hall in Herefordshire.


Previous National Trust posts here: 

Croome Court

A visit to Croome Court during April 2019. This visit was near the end of the month. Located not far from Pershore in south Worcestershire at Croome D'Abitot. Croome Court is a mid-18th-century Neo-Palladian mansion. It is surrounded by parkland designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown for the 6th Earl of Coventry. Some of the rooms were designed by Robert Adam. The house was built in 1751 - 52.

A look at some of the rooms inside. This was the Long Gallery. Most of the fixtures and fittings were sold in the 1940s, so most rooms are now used for temporary exhibitions. At the time was no exhibition in this room, but one was scheduled called "Can't see the trees for the wood". The interiors were done in about 1760.

This is The Golden Box in the Dining Room at Croome Court. There was A stunning display of Croome's porcelain by artist Bouke de Vries.

Back outside, and now on the path to the Chinese Bridge. Would soon cross over the Croome River.

Lakeside view of Croome Court. National Trust deckchairs to the right where you can sit and relax near the lake. Also an urn to the left of the deckchairs.

Distance from Birmingham: about 36 miles via the M5. Journey time in a car about 54 minutes. Postcode for SatNav: WR8 9DW. Rebecca Road, High Green.

Canons Ashby

On the May Day Bank Holiday Monday in early May 2019, we went to Canons Ashby House in Northamptonshire. It is a Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house located in the village of Canons Ashby. About 11 miles south of the town of Daventry. It has been owned by the National Trust since 1981, who have since restored it and done up the gardens. The house dates to the mid 16th century. It was the home of the Dryden family for many centuries.

A look inside Canons Ashby House. Photography was fine, as long as without a tripod or flash. The book room or Library. A pair of globes sitting on tables near the desk in the middle of the room.

This room was the Servants' Hall. With a long table and chairs in the middle. One of the rooms on the landing as we headed back downstairs.

Now back outside in the gardens. From the Top Terrace. Stunning flowerbeds with a multitude of colours. Spring is the perfect time to see colourful displays like this. May have been tulips out at that time of the year.

Further out in the gardens. Now on the Mulberry Lawn. The house having originally been built around 1550, was extended in 1590. It was embelished in 1632. The south front was remodelled in 1708 to 1710. The west range to the Green Court with the entrane dates to 1840.

Distance from Birmingham: about 61 miles via the M6 in a car. Should take just over an hour to get there. Postcode for SatNav: NN11 3SD. Canons Ashby, Daventry.

 

Farnborough Hall

A private residence, could not take interior photos, so only got the exteriors. Only open on Saturday and Wednesday afternoons on Bank Holidays. This visit on the way back home from Canons Ashby, during the early May Bank Holiday Monday back in May 2019. Farnborough Hall is a country house just within the border of Warwickshire, not far from Banbury (which is in Oxfordshire). It has been owned by the National Trust since 1960. Home of the Holbech family from 1684, although they first moved in around 1692. During WW1 and WW2 the hall was used as a auxiliary hospital. The main entrance into the hall was through that open door.

View of the drive a bit further back. The Clock Court is to the right. The hall is Grade I listed, while the Clock Court is Grade II listed. The way in from the car park is near the Clock Court. It was a Stableblock dating to the 18th century. Was remodelled in 1815 - 1816 by Henry Hakewill for William Holbech.

After a look around the house (I was unable to take photos inside as it was not allowed due to being a private residence). Went around the gardens having a look around.

From the lawn a bit further back looking at this side of the hall.

Further back after a walk down a path to a garden. Another look at the hall behind this field. Got to be careful of low lying tree branches, as I didn't see it one way, and hit my head (ouch). Even with a hat on (need a hard hat). Some places have low ceilings or door frames so have to be careful where I go on my travels.

Distance from Birmingham: about 48 miles along the M40 in a car. Journey would take around 52 minutes. From Canons Ashby it was about 13 miles along the A423, a journey time in the car of 26 minutes. Postcode for SatNav: . .

 

Berrington Hall

In an August 2019 visit to Berrington Hall. It is a  country house located about 3 miles north of  Leominster in Herefordshire. There was scaffolding on part of the hall due to the on going work to restore the dome. So when you head up the main staircase inside the hall, you see the scaffolding and wraps. Some light fittings had to be taken down at the time. It is a neoclassical country house building that Henry Holland designed in 1778-81 for Thomas Harley.

Heading to the main entrance for a look around the hall, through the big door, up the steps behind the four columns. Scaffolding to the right. Berrington features Capability Brown's last landscape design. You can head down the field through gates past sheep to the Berrington Hall. Best to do that after you have had a look around the hall first. Berrington has been in possession of the Cornewall family since 1386, but was taken over by the Harley family in 1775 who lived here for 95 years. In 1901 a Manchester businessman, Frederick Cawley MP, later Baron Cawley, purchased the estate. In 1957, the 3rd Lord Cawley transferred it to the Treasury, who in turn passed it onto the National Trust. Lady Cawley was allowed to live here until her death in 1978. A Grade I listed building since 1959.

A look around the interior of the hall. This was in the Library. To the left of the fireplace was a chessboard.

This is the Drawing Room. Chairs around the wall near a fireplace with a couple of mirrors in the room.

Back outside into the Courtyard. There was a tea room to the right and I think if I recall correctly the gift shop was to the left. Through the entrance way straight ahead was a former stables. One of which where you could buy an ice cream, or get a coffee. We later went to the Old Servants' Hall tea room (in the building to the right) down the basement for a coffee and slice of cake. After that, got an ice cream from the Stables cafe.

Distance from Birmingham: about 46 miles in the car taking 1 and a half hours via the A456. Postcode for the SatNav: . Leominster.

 

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