Midlands, England: where they are, when to go and what to see

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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The Midlands are located between Southern England and Northern England. This area corresponded to the medieval kingdom of Mercia, one of the seven kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxon world. Today represent the heart of the UK, divided into East Midlands and West Midlands, or a series of counties with modern and historic cities at the same time, places to travel to discover the charm of medieval and Gothic castles, imposing cathedrals with high towers from which to admire boundless views. These are the cities that have given birth to illustrious characters, such as William Shakespeare and Charles Darwin, but also to memorable legends, such as that of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest.

Here is a guide of the Midlands, England: where they are, when to go and what to see.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where are
  3. How to reach us
  4. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  5. The main cities
  6. 10 things to see: places of interest in the Midlands
  7. The main routes in the Midlands
  8. What to do in the Midlands: excursions and tours
  9. How much does a Midlands holiday cost? Prices, offers and advice
  10. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 2,928 million
  • Capital: West Midlands Birmingham; East Midlands Melton Mowbray
  • Languages: English
  • Local currency: Pound Sterling (£) / € 1,00 = £ 0,89
  • Weather: oceanic type, wet and cool, with frequent rainfall, average winter temperatures of 4 ° and average summer temperatures of 18 °
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where are

    Midlands means the territory of the United Kingdom between Northern England and Southern England. They are usually distinguished in the Western Midlads, with the capital Birmingham, which border the regions of the North West to the north, the East Midlands to the east, Wales to the west and the South West and South East to the south, and the East Midlands, with the capital Melton Mowbray. bordering the East of England to the southeast, South East to the south, the West Midlands to the west, the North West to the northwest and Yorkshire and the Humber to the north.

    How to reach us

    By plane

    The Midlands are served by several airports connected with the rest of Europe and the world, the main ones being theEast Midlands Airport, in Derby, also called Nottingham airport (connected with flights from Rome, flight duration 2 h 30 min, and Milan, flight duration about 1 h 55 min), theBirmingham Airport (from Rome 2 h 50 min) andDoncaster Sheffield Airport, connected to Naples airport - compare flights

    By bus or train

    Trains and buses from Rome and Milan have to cross all over France before arriving in England and they provide several changes. From Milan, for example, it takes no less than 20 hours of travel, with numerous changes even in the medium, passing from bus to train.

    It is therefore about very long journeys, uncomfortable and not recommended. Even on the economic side they are not cheap at all! You risk wasting a lot of time, especially if you have little available.

    By car

    Traveling by car to the Midlands, crossing the English Channel Eurotunnel, is one inexpensive choice. It is necessary to take into account the duration of the journey and the very high costs between fuel and motorway sections.

    From Milan, for example, the distance to Birmingham is 1.512 km and the time required is at least 16 hours, without taking into account the various breaks along the route. Really not recommended, especially if you have little time available.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: oceanic, with cold and very rainy winters and mild but quite rainy summers; average winter temperatures are around 5 °, those in summer reach 17/18 °
    • Best time: from mid-May to mid-September, the days have a temperature suitable for walking and hiking, without ever forgetting the umbrella
    • Period to avoid: from December to March, in these months the temperatures can be particularly cold and the days could be characterized by abundant rain
    • Advice: to travel well equipped in England it is always necessary to have an umbrella and a k-way, even in summer. Always carry a sweatshirt and some heavy clothes with you, even in summer

    The main cities

    1. Birmingham: formerly a small farming village, today it is the second most populous city in the United Kingdom, where there is an important airport
    2. Nottingham: here too there is a strategic airport to visit the East Midlands, the city is linked to the history of Robin Hood and surrounded by Sherwood forest
    3. Oxford and: Home of the UK's oldest university, a prestigious building with elegant architecture - discover the Oxford guide
    4. Derby: city of prehistoric times, in the surroundings it is still possible to visit remarkable archaeological sites. East Midlands Airport is also located here
    5. Peterborough: city where there is an important railway junction for the United Kingdom, in the surroundings, however, it is possible to visit an archaeological site dating back to the Bronze Age.
    6. Stafford: city located on the river Trent, ancient capital of the Mercia region (one of the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms)
    7. Stratford-upon-Avon: located in the center of the West Midlands, famous worldwide because William Shakespeare was born here
    8. Warwick: city located on the river Avon, where there is a fascinating castle built in 1068
    9. Lichfield: a city that has preserved a large number of historic buildings of extreme beauty, including Cathedrals, palaces and squares
    10. Shrewsbury: ancient city founded in 700 AD whose historic center is located in the middle of the Sever river. Charles Darwin was born here

    10 things to see: places of interest in the Midlands

    1. Cathedral of San Filippo: fascinating cathedral in Birmingham, with a baroque appearance and large stained glass windows, dating back to the 700s
    2. Warwick Castle: located in the city of the same name, the castle overlooks the River Avon and is visited by thousands of tourists every year
    3. Birthplace of William Shakespeare: museum built in the style of th century English houses in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon
    4. Oxford Castle: imposing castle of medieval origin, built by the Normans
    5. Oxford University: complex of gothic style buildings in which to visit museums, libraries and gardens
    6. Sherwood Forest: 422 hectares surrounding the village of Edwinstowe, the Festival dedicated to the legendary character of Robin Hood is held every year, with a medieval reconstruction of the place
    7. Lincoln Cathedral: Gothic-style cathedral located in the city of the same name, has among the highest towers in Europe (82 meters high)
    8. Derby Museum and Art Gallery: ancient art gallery where paintings and the famous ceramics of the city of Derby are exhibited
    9. Peak District National Park: first national park in Great Britain, located north of the county of Derbyshire, in the East Midlands, it is the most visited natural park in Europe, inside, in addition to the presence of a great variety of flora and fauna, it is possible to visit and archaeological sites
    10. National Space Center: an important study center in the city of Leicester, with spaces dedicated to tourists who love astronomy

    The main routes in the Midlands

    History, culture and nature: in the Midlands you can follow different itineraries to be able to appreciate and know the most authentic sides of the heart of the United Kingdom.

    A weekend may be enough for a hit and run holiday, but if you have more days available, then it's worth it visit the major cities of the Midlands, adding suggestive visits to the castles that dot these lands.

    1. In the footsteps of Robin Hood: weekend to dedicate to visiting the city of Nottingham with an excursion to the famous Sherwood Forest
    2. In the heart of the Midlands: 5 days in the outback of the UK, visiting Oxford first, continuing north stopping in Statford-upon-Avon, a visit to Birmingham, a ride to Derby and a final stop in Sheffield
    3. A journey through the English castles: one week itinerary to spend a walk in history, starting from Maxstoke Castle, continuing towards the castles of Kenilworth, Warwick, Ludlow, Stafford, and ends at Tutbury Castle

    What to do in the Midlands: excursions and tours

    How much does a Midlands holiday cost? Prices, offers and advice

    A trip to the Midlands it's not exactly cheap. To save money, it is possible to evaluate the choice of staying in hostels, where, compared to B & Bs and hotels, prices are considerably lower, giving up some comforts.

    Book flights well in advance can help you find lower prices and numerous offers, and choosing periods at the edge of the high season, such as shortly before summer and immediately after, means reducing the cost of the holiday together with traffic in the cities and near the main tourist attractions.

    The best way to visit this region is definitely to rent a car, thus being able to move freely and independently between the different cities, easily reaching even the most distant points not served by public transport.


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