museums and attractions

Attractions in West Midlands

The West Midlands' legacy of manufacturing is represented by its range of museums. There are heritage railways galore, such as the Severn Valley Railway, as well as transport museums and major centres such as the Black Country Museum, the RAF Museum at Cosford and Birmingham's Thinktank science museum.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions in the West Midlands area including Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Warwickshire.

Droitwich Spa Heritage Centre

St Richards House , 22 Victoria Square , Droitwich Spa , Worcestershire, WR9 8DS.
Tel: 01905 774 312.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The Heritage Centre is housed on the former Brine Baths site, which was first established in the 1880s. The present black & white building, known as St.…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Middleport Pottery

Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 3PE.
Tel: 01782 499 766.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

See Burleigh ware produced over the years in the beautiful showroom, explore the original Victorian offices, and learn about the people and events which…

Other Sites of Interest / Stationary Steam / Industrial

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre

Flaxivity, Spring Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2SZ.
Tel: 0000.

  • Parking

Includes interpretation displays, film and audio material, research and learning resources. Interpretations of the Mill’s role in the industrial revolution…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Etruria Industrial Museum

Kilndown Close, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 4RB.
Tel: 07900 267 711.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Home to Jesse Shirley’s 1857 Bone and Flint Mill, the only remaining operational steam driven potters’ mill in the world. Driven by a 1820s Boulton…

Other Sites of Interest / Stationary Steam

Tettenhall Transport Heritage Centre

Henwood Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV6 8NX.
Tel: 0000.

Home to many intriguing pieces of transport history. The first transport museum in the city of Wolverhampton, run by the community for the community.

Transport

Churnet Valley Railway

Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Staffordshire, ST10 2HA.
Tel: 01538 750 755.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

10.5 mile return journey, steam hauled through the Churnet Valley between Cheddleton and Froghall. Also runs on the Cauldon Low line on various dates throughout…

Railways / Heritage Railways

RAF Defford Museum

Croome (National Trust), Nr High Green, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW.
Tel: 01905 371 006.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The museum tells the fascinating story of RAF Defford during World War 2 and the Cold War years, and its vital role in the flight testing of secret radar…

Transport / Aircraft

Cambrian Heritage Railways – Llynclys

Llynclys South Station, Llynclys, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 8BX.
Tel: 01691 728 131.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Passenger trains through the beautiful Shropshire countryside to Pen y Garreg halt. Also trains from Oswestry.

Railways / Heritage Railways

Cambrian Heritage Railways – Oswestry

Oswestry Railway Station, Oswald Road, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1RE.
Tel: 01691 688 763.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Passenger trains from Oswestry station to Middleton Road Bridge. Railway Museum in impressive old Cambrian Railways building. Trains also operate from…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Cobb’s Engine House

Nr Windmill End Junction, Warren's Hall Local Nature Reserve, Rowley Regis, West Midlands, .
Tel: 00.

(Properly known as Windmill End Pumping Station), and is a scheduled ancient monument and a Grade II Listed building built around 1831. It housed a stationary…

Open Access

Sarehole Mill

Cole Bank Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 0BD.
Tel: 0121 348 8160.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Late 18th century watermill. Once leased by Matthew Boulton for metal working, it is now a corn mill and milling takes place most Sundays. The mill has…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Museum of Carpet

Stour Vale Mill, Green Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1AZ.
Tel: 01562 69028.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Looks at the world famous carpet industry of Kidderminster alongside stories of wealth, poverty and ingenuity of the people who created the carpets.

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Aldridge Transport Museum

Shenstone Drive (off Northgate), Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 8TP.
Tel: 01922 454 761.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The museum houses a wide collection of vehicles including buses, coaches and commercials, all with a West Midlands connection. There are also vehicles…

Transport / Road

Apedale Heritage Centre

Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 7LB.
Tel: 01782 565 050 .

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Discover the lost industrial heritage of the Apedale Valley and the history of the surrounding area. At weekends and Bank Holidays there are tours of an…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Baggeridge Miniature Railway

Baggeridge Country Park, Wombourne, Staffordshire, DY3 4HB.
Tel: 01902 753 795.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

1,400ft of ground level 7.25in., 5in. track and 400ft of 5in. and 3.5in. raised track.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Avonvale Miniature Railway

Hillers Farm Shop, Dunnington Heath Farm, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5PD.
Tel: 01527 543 350.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

5in. & 7.25in. ground level signalled track with bridges, station, tunnel and interesting gradients.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Forge Mill Needle Museum

Needle Mill Lane, Riverside, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 8HY.
Tel: 01527 62509.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

An 18th century working mill centred upon the only remaining water driven machinery for needle making in the world. Also remains of excavated 12th century…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Rainsbrook Valley Railway

Onley Lane, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 5QD.
Tel: 01788 842 709.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

7.25in. approx 1,100 yards; 3.5in. & 5in. gauge, 375 yards.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Amerton Railway

Stowe-by-Chartley, Nr Weston, Staffordshire, ST18 0LA.
Tel: 01785 850 965.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

2ft gauge railway, one mile long, Sunday service hauled by Bagnall steam locomotive ‘Isobel‘. Saturday trains generally diesel hauled. Working farm…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Woodseaves Miniature Railway

Woodseaves Garden Plants, Woodseaves, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 2AS.
Tel: 01630 653 161.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

In grounds of garden centre. 400 yards 7.25in. gauge. One steam, one diesel loco.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Museum

Wenlock Lodge, Acton Scott, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6QN.
Tel: 01694 781 307.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Agricultural museum showing farming before the advent of tractor power with Shire horses used for all farming tasks. Traditional breeds of livestock on…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural / Country Life

Foxfield Steam Railway

Caverswall Road , Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST11 9BG.
Tel: 01782 396 210.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

This standard gauge railway operates steam trains from Blythe Bridge (Caverswall Road) Station to Dilhorne Park, a round trip of approximately 5.5 miles.…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Soho House Museum

Soho Avenue (off Soho Road), Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 5LB.
Tel: 0121 348 8150.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The elegant home of Industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 to 1809. Boulton's many achievements helped fuel the Industrial Revolution.…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Telford Steam Railway

The Old Loco Shed, Bridge Road, Horsehay, Telford, Shropshire, TF4 2NF.
Tel: 01952 503 880.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Regular passenger services on part of ex-GWR branch from Wellington to Craven Arms. Train runs from Spring Village to Horsehay & Dawley via new station…

Railways / Heritage Railways

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