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Road map of Birmingham and Wolverhampton

Birmingham & Wolverhampton

Birmingham, at the heart of England, is one of Britain's foremost convention and exhibition centres and a major regional focus for art and music. Legacies of the city's industrial and commercial past include the fascinating Jewellery Quarter, an extensive network of canals which offer scenic towpath walks and some splendid examples of civic architecture. Birmingham's latest addition, the stunning new interactive discovery centre, Thinktank, is a symbol of the city's innovation and modernity.

Wolverhampton lies at the heart of what was once the Black Country - a sprawl  of towns, including Dudley, Stourbridge and Walsall, that developed into large industrial centres during the 19th century. The area's heritage is today recalled in the many popular tourist attractions such as Walsall's Leather Museum



ASTON HALL [C3] A riot of turrets, gables and octagonal chimneys surmount the ornate Jacobean country house of 1618-35. Its elaborate interior includes a 41 m (135ft) oak-panelled gallery, a cantilevered oak staircase and fine plasterwork ceilings.



An impressive collection of Pre-Raphaelite works as well as archaelogical and natural history exhibits are on show in the city's principal museum and gallery.


BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL Ip311 C3] Joseph Hansom, designer of the Hansom cab, is said to have modelled the city's neoclassical town hall of 1834-49 on the Temple of Castor and Pollux in Rome. Opposite is the Renaissance-style Council House of 1879.


BLACK COUNTRY MUSEUM [A3] Victorian workshops, homes, a pub, a chapel and a small colliery recreate life from the region's industrial past. Nearby, there are canal trips through Dudley Tunnel's spectacular limestone caverns.



half-timbered house of 1590, the hall is furnished according to an inventory of 1684. The Painted Chamber has 16th-century wall paintings.



Filled with rhododendrons and azaleas, the gardens also house tropical plants in greenhouses.


BOURNVILLE [C2] George and Richard Cadbury built the village in 1894 for workers at their chocolate factory. Cadbury World tells the history of the Quaker firm.


DUDLEY ZOO [A3] On Castle Hill stands a partly medieval but mainly 16th-century castle with a well-preserved great hall. The zoo, begun in the 1930s, is set in the wooded grounds of the castle.


JEROME K. JEROME MUSEUM [B4] The author of Three Men In A Boat, Jerome was born in Walsall in 1859; his birthplace in Bradford Street is now a museum on his life and work.



Saddles, bridles, belts and satchels are among the variety of leather goods on display at this museum in Walsall, an important leather centre for nearly two centuries. Demonstrations show skilled workers crafting leather goods.


MUSEUM OF THE JEWELLERY QUARTER [p311 B5] An award-winning museum built around the perfectly preserved workshops of Smith & Pepper jewellers offers a fascinating insight into Birmingham's historic jewellery trade.


NATIONAL SEA LIFE CENTRE [p311 B2] Designed by Norman Foster, the centre has over 3,000 British freshwater and marine creatures, ranging from shrimps to sharks, and includes a transparent walkthrough underwater tunnel.



ST CHAD'S CATHEDRAL [p311 D4] Augustus Pugin designed the red-brick, twin-spired building of 1841 - the first Roman Catholic cathedral to be built in Britain since the 16th-century Reformation.


ST PHILIP'S CATHEDRAL [p311 D3] Four 1890s stained-glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones, who was born in the city, adorn the elegant 18th-century baroque building.



Birmingham's only surviving water mill, the 18th-century building inspired J R R Tolkien, who spent his boyhood in the area, to write The Hobbit.


SUTTON PARK [D4] An old royal hunting ground, Sutton has been a public park since Henry VIII's time. It includes a 2km (1 '/> mile) stretch of the Roman Ryknild Street.


THINKTANK [p311 F3] This new interactive science centre at Millennium Point has ten galleries of exhibits ranging from the world's oldest working steam engine to an innovative car welding robot.


WALSALL NEW ART GALLERY [B4] Costing ?21 million, the gallery has a 4500m (14763ft) facade and a 100m (328ft) high tower, and contains a modern art collection, including works by the sculptor Jacob Epstein, donated by his widow.


WOLVERHAMPTON ART GALLERY [A4] The imposing Italianate building of 1883 displays mainly British 18th-20th-century art.