Originally the centre of the Midlands’ carpet weaving industry, Kidderminster still shows signs of its industrial heritage. The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal runs through the town, as does the River Stour. This is an excellent location for exploring the jewels of the West Midlands.
Midway between Worcester and Birmingham, Kidderminster sits in a patchwork of English countryside.
Things to do
Just 70 years ago there were over 30 carpet manufacturers in Kidderminster, and the town is proud of its manufacturing heritage. While away an hour or two in the Kidderminster Museum and find out about the town’s unique history.
You can’t miss the canal in Kidderminster. Stroll along its bank to see holiday barges and quaint narrowboats, as well as working locks. Next to the River Stour you’ll come across the lone surviving tower of Caldwall Castle, a 15th-century manor house.
If you and the children want to let off steam, a visit to Witley Court and Gardens is just the ticket. You’ll find a play area, outdoor musical instruments, a tree house and a grass amphitheatre to enjoy.
There are two railway stations on the same road in the town. If you want to travel on to Birmingham, make sure to use Kidderminster station, not Kidderminster Town.
Top tip from SLH