In & Around Birmingham

Heres just a few reasons to book a 1 or 2 night stay at the Best Western Plough & Harrow Hotel...

Historically know as the City of a thousand trades, Birmingham is a delight for shoppers.  With modern and Victorian shopping arvades which are linked to vibrant bustling streets to the shopping centres and award winning 'Bullring', which combined, house around 200 shops including John Lewis, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and other top brand shops.  There really is something for everyone.

Did you know Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter makes an estimated 40% of UK jewellery and it has one Europes largest School of Jewellery.  Add to this, it hosts over 100 specialist retailes with many having their own workshops.

Have a behind the scenes tour at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter along with an illustrated and entertaining presentation which unveils the quirkier side to the Quarter.

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the oldest galleries in the UK with Royal Status.  An amazing collection of art on 3 floors from solo shows to a craft gallery.  Admission is FREE 

An hour and half tour takes you beneath the surface of the modern bustling Birmingham where lies a long history of dark deeds.... Its an alternative walk through the City's past, telling stories that could haunt you long after the sun has gone down!
Visit the heart of the City in Victoria Square to the chilling catacombs.  Tales of plague, public executions, hauntings and murders most foul along the way - Are you brave enough?

Birmingham has one of the most intricate canal networks in the world. The canals were the life blood of Victorian Birmingham and the Black Country.  You could try wallking or cycling along the canals - Start from Gas Street in the centre and journey onto Dudley and Wolverhampton through Galton.

The Plough & Harrow has a genuine connection to JRR Tolkien.  He met and fell in love with Edith Bratt, stayed at the hotel before he left for France as an Officer in the Lancashire Fusilliers

How about taking the Birmingham Tolkien Trail Weekend Tour? The tour takes you to...

  • Wakes Green Road where the family lived in 1864
  • Sarehole Mill, where Ronald and his brother spent many hours exploring the grounds
  • Mosely Bog
  • Joy's Wood
  • The Shire Country Park
  • Cole Valley

The tour then carries onto The Oratory on the Hagley Road followed by a visit to Perrots Folly & Edgbaston Waterworks Tower, the distinctive landmarks that are said to be the inspiration fot the Two Towers of Gondor, Minas Morgol and Minas Tirith.  

Try the JRR Tolkien Hobbit Bus Tour - The journey will highlight the area around Sarehole Mill which is said to have been the templage for 'The Shire' the home of the Hobbits and Moseley Bog, which is recalled in Tolkien's description of the 'Old Forest' last of the primeval wild woods where Tom Bombadvil lived.

So, whether you choose to mix and match with maybe an event at the Birmingham NEC, NIA, Royal Symphony Hall, Botanical Gardens or join an organised tour, the Plough & Harrow Hotel wih its charm & character is the perfect place to stay!