Come to Central England!

Shopping in Birmingham

The Bustling City of Birmingham, just 75 minutes from London

Right at the heart of the Central England region is Birmingham, Britain's second city. With a population of over 1 million people it offers a fantastic insight into the diversity of the UK - the people, the restaurants and the shops. There is something for everyone, including a great arts and culture experience. All of the schools in Central England are within an easy train ride, so you can make a visit here part of your itinerary when you come.

Traditional Old English Black and White Buildings

Traditional Old English Black and White Buildings

All around the Central England region you can find the traditional old "black and white" houses, many of them dating back to medieval times. This picture is of the Fountain Inn at Tenbury Wells though you can find them in most of the villages nearby our member schools. Bring your camera and create your own English postcard to send home!

Boating on the River Severn

Boating on the River, and much, much more!

One of the great things about the Central England region is there is so much to do. Because it is a relatively compact area you can do a variety of things during your visit; boating on the river, walking in the countryside, visiting art galleries and museums, shopping in the villages, town and cities, and many things in between. And remember you are not far from other places like London, Manchester, Bath, Wales so Central England is a great place to base yourself while you are in the UK.

The Home of Robin Hood!

The Home of Robin Hood

Nottinghamshire, in the Central England region, is home to Robin Hood. He is a heroic outlaw in English folklore and was often portrayed as stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Robin Hood and his Merry Men (his followers) were also linked to Sherwood Forest, an area of over 400 hectares which you can still visit today. You may even see Robin Hood - you never know!

The Home of William Shakespeare

The Home of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon in Central England in the 16th century. This is the house where he was born, and it forms part of a wonderful trail to visit when you come to Stratford.

English Castles and Countryside

Old English Castles Galore

If you are interested in visiting old English castles Central England is a great place to come. One of the most famous is Warwick Castle in Warwickshire to the south-east of Birmingham, however there are many others, including this one - Ludlow Castle - in Shropshire. Ludlow Castle was one of the first  stone castles to be built in England and it dates back to 1075. In addition to the castle, Ludlow town is a wonderful place to visit for a day out.

Worcester Cathedral on the River Severn

Cathedrals almost 1000 years old

There are ten to see in Central England varying in age from this one in the city of Worcester dating back to pre-1084 to the newest in the city of Coventry to the east of Birmingham. Most of them had places of worship on the site from the 11th century but many only became cathedral status more recently. The places to go to see them are Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Gloucester, Hereford, Leicester, Lichfield, Nottingham, Shrewsbury and Worcester.

Home of the Morgan Motor Company

Home of the Morgan Motor Company

If you like sports cars (and come on, who doesn't dream of the wind in their hair!) then the Morgan sports car is a star of Central England. The factory is based in the town of Malvern, south-west of Birmingham, and it is pretty much as it was when the factory opened in the early 1900s. You can visit the factory and see the cars being built by hand, and if you are feeling rich you can put your name down on the waiting list for one! Well worth a visit.

The Canals of Central England

More canals than Venice - yes it's true

Birmingham is the centre of a great canal network originally built at the time of the industrial revolution to move raw materials and finished products from the new industries that grew up here. And it is true there are more kilometres of canals than Venice, Italy - so forget that trip to Venice and come and sample the canals of Birmingham. On the right of this picture is a pub that was once visited by Bill Clinton, president of the USA. You can visit it and sit in the very same chair that Bill sat in. Now there's a story to tell your children!

Come and Join Us

Come and Join Us

These pictures only tell part of the story of Central England. Each and every member school has their own gems to show you, so do go ahead and take a look at what they have to offer. If you need any more information please click the button below to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon!