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.

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train departs Rudyard Station

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

Rudyard Station, Rudyard Road, Nr. Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8PF.
Tel: 01538 306 704.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Steam locos are always used on trains on a scenic three mile return trip along the side of Rudyard lake.

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Brindley’s Mill & James Brindley Museum

214 Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8FA.
Tel: 01538 360 900.

Mid 18th century working corn mill celebrating the work of James Brindley, millwright and canal engineer renowned as the pioneer of the canal system in…

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Hereford's Victorian Water Pumping Station, a grade II* Listed Building and home to the Waterworks Museum - Hereford.

Waterworks Museum – Hereford

Broomy Hill, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 0LJ.
Tel: 01432 357 236.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The story of drinking water brought to life through massive working pumping engines. Key exhibits include a triple-expansion and a twin-cylinder inverted…

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Worcestershire County Museum

Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, Worcestershire, DY11 7XZ.
Tel: 01299 250 416.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

An Interesting collection of private carriages, carts, wagons and a gypsy caravans together with agricultural and domestic tools, etc.

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Red House Glass Cone

High Street, Wordsley , Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4AZ.
Tel: 01384 812 381.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Built at the end of the 18th century, the 100ft tall cone was used for the manufacture of glass until 1936 and is now one of only four cones left in the…

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Rainsbrook Valley Railway

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

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

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

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RAF Museum Cosford

RAF Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP.
Tel: 01902 376 200.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

One of the largest collections of civil and military aircraft in the United Kingdom with over 70 aircraft on display including three V bombers – Vulcan,…

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RAF Defford Museum

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

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

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

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National Motorcycle Museum

Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0EJ.
Tel: 01675 443 311.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Collection of beautifully restored British motorcycles from 1898-1990s. Outlines the history of a once world dominating industry.

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National Brewery Centre

Horninglow Street, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1NG.
Tel: 01283 532 880.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

World-class museum and visitor centre that celebrates Burton-upon-Trent's proud brewing heritage and its influence on brewing techniques throughout the…

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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.

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Mill Meece Pumping Station

Cotes Heath, Nr Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6QU.
Tel: 01785 822 138.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

A former water pumping station with two horizontal tandem compound steam engines, Lancashire boilers, Weir pumps and well head gear.

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