All tours on this holiday have now departed. Future departure dates will be confirmed in due course.
Full day at the marvellous Black Country Living Museum
Canal cruise through the Limestone Caverns
Bantock House Museum of Edwardian life
Stourbridge Red House Glass Cone Museum
Leather Museum, Walsall
Talk from TV’s Paul Atterbury
Further to the success of our James Watt tour in 2019, we have commissioned a new tour to be led by Dr Malcolm Dick, an expert in the history of the Industrial Revolution in the Midlands. This fascinating new tour, which also features a talk from the Antique Roadshow’s Paul Atterbury, looks at the industrial and transport history of the Black Country region at a critical time in England’s economic and social development.
Day 1: Arrive independently at the Ramada Resort Park Hall Wolverhampton, from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and a talk by Dr Malcolm Dick, “The emergence of the Black Country in the Industrial Revolution.’
Day 2 Stourbridge Red Cone Glass House Museum, Leather Museum Walsall and Bantock House Museum, Wolverhampton
A varied day looks at different aspects of the Industrial Revolution as we head first to Stourbridge, the centre of the glass industry and visit the impressive Red House Glass Cone, built at the end of the 18th century and operational until 1936 to see how glass was made and its role in the industrial might of the country. After lunch (included) we visit the fascinating Leather Museum in Walsall, which looks at the history of the leather industry and where some of the world’s best saddles and leather goods have been made for more than 200 years. Our final visit is to the Bantock House Museum in Wolverhampton that was home in the late 19th century to Thomas Bantock, a successful railway and canal agent. This evening enjoy a talk from Paul Atterbury: ‘At the Heart of Industry: the canals of Birmingham and the Black Country’ and dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 Black Country Living Museum and Canal Cruise
Most of the day is allocated to the superb Black Country Living Museum, an immersive award-winning open-air museum that tells the story of one of the very first industrialised landscapes in Britain. Set across 26 acres, you'll explore over forty carefully reconstructed shops, houses and industrial areas that represent the Black Country's story. It tells the story of how steam power, human ingenuity and an increasingly connected world transformed the region into a manufacturing powerhouse. Here, history is brought to life before your eyes – and you'll hear the clang of hammers and smell the smoke billowing from red brick chimneys. The museum may well be familiar to you as the setting for a host of TV series and films, including Peaky Blinders, Stan & Ollie and the Antiques Roadshow. A canal cruise from the Dudley Canal Trust into the abandoned limestone mines and tunnels completes the day’s journey into our industrial past. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.
Ramada Park Hall, Wolverhampton
Set in a Grade II listed mansion the four-star Ramada Park Hall Wolverhampton merges traditional style with modern comforts. Facilities include a health club and spa with indoor pool, bar, restaurant and well-appointed bedrooms with all modern amenities. Parking: complimentary.
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
Overall enjoyed this tour, which gave a good insight to the history of the Black Country. Talks given by Malcolm and Lars were informative and entertaining. However, we felt that the buffet breakfasts and dinners were barely adequate and were neither hot or replenished. A small point in our opinion - less time needed at Bantock House and more at the glass museum. Finally we know there are no longer any COVID restrictions, but there was no references made by the Tour Manager to Travel Editions own protocols or to remind us all to be socially aware and responsible. Some of the venues visited required the wearing of masks and social distancing, which was not properly considered. We feel that Travel Editions should ensure that everyone feels secure and happy whilst on their tours with this regard especially with a large group such as ourselves.
Review by Cousins who travelled 29-September-2021
Thank you so much for this fascinating tour. Malcolm Dick is an outstanding lecturer - so knowledgeable and yet unassuming - put to shame the Thursday night lecturer who relied on his charm rather than sound knowledge. The museum trips were excellent and we had first-rate and enthusiastic guides. Hotel soemwhat quirky but interesting - food improved as we went on - and it was great to use the spa. Catherine Kedge
Review by Kedge who travelled 29-September-2021
Bantock House Museum was not very interesting. The other trips were all good. The food at the hotel was acceptable. Our room card was rejected on the third extra night, as was a lot of others. This also happened in our hotel in Cardiff. Lars was an excellent speaker. All in all an interesting trip.
Review by Ottaway who travelled 29-September-2021
This tour was so well thought out. The content was excellent and the arrangements seemed (to us) flawless. The hotel was a little chaotic because it was also being used as a court and reception staff on the first night were not very helpful, Dining room staff were great however and the food was very good.
Review by Woodcraft who travelled 29-September-2021
enjoyed the quality of the tours each day and learnt a lot. however, the Hotel left a lot to be desired: could not get the shower to work on either days; a very long and rambling way up and down stairs to bedrooms; very aware of a Nightingale Court taking place and I felt hotel's priority was providing facilities to them; could not get a small bottle of water for the coach and could not get some toiletries at Reception, I'd left behind at home. Place change of name was confusing for taxi driver. Our lecturer was very competent-tour leader a little patronising.
Review by Bruton who travelled 29-September-2021
Review by Anonymous who travelled 29-September-2021
The hotel had no lifts. To get to my room there were two flights of stairs. In addition as a disabled man I was in a room with the longest possible walk. The room itself was good. The food was good. The hotel staff very helpful. The lectures and trips were enjoyable. No lifts, should for the age group of your travelers, disqualify this hotel..
Review by Local who travelled 29-September-2021
Hotel a bit weird, bedrooms only reached by staircases, difficult for some guests.They cancelled all the bedroom keys for the 3rd nighters, so a long track back to reception for all. I think the tour manager should have stayed until the Saturday to see that taxies were ordered and everyone got away safelly.Food a bit canteenlike!
Review by Anonymous who travelled 29-September-2021
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