Heart of England

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Heart of England
Whether you want an exciting and exhausting city break or a more relaxing stay in the British countryside, if you're looking at the heart of England then YHA has plenty of great options for cheap, high-quality accommodation suitable for families. The heart of England comprises those land-locked regions around the West Midlands, including the cities of Birmingham, Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent, as well as the rural areas of the Herefordshire, Shropshire and Gloucestershire countryside. So if you want great walking routes, hikes through forests, the chance to spot some wildlife or a trip to the city of some great family attractions, it's not a bad idea at all to base your family holiday in the heart of England. Have a look through our hostels page to and start planning your adventure now!
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<p><strong>Five free things to do on family breaks in the heart of England</strong></p> <p><strong>St Nicholas Park</strong></p> <p>Just because you're not near the sea, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy a day by the water in the sun. St Nicholas Park in Warwick has an outdoor swimming pool and a paddling pool for young children, as well as beautiful gardens and great play areas. There is also a fun park if you do want to spend a couple of pounds.</p> <p><strong>BBC Public Space</strong></p> <p>At the BBC Public Space in Birmingham, kids can see the inner workings of television and radio studios, and even try their hand at presenting a news item, conducting a weather report or commentating on a football game.</p> <p><strong>RAF Museum Cosford</strong></p> <p>Many kids love planes but it's rare to get the chance to see them up close, yet you can in the museum at RAF Cosford. There are more than 70 different aircraft on display, including classics from the two world wars.</p> <p><strong>Queenswood Country Park</strong></p> <p>If you want a guided journey into nature, the arboretum and walking trails in Queenswood Country Park are just the place to be. See rare and exotic plants and local specimens growing naturally - it's a great way to educate the kids and get them some exercise.</p> <p><strong>Hereford Museum and Art Gallery</strong></p> <p>Inside the spectacular gothic building that is the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, you can see a range of changing exhibitions, along with thousands of local artefacts permanently on display that give a fantastic insight into this part of the world.</p>

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