It’s difficult to imagine life without the technical advances made within the Industrial Revolution. Shropshire resident Abraham Darby was the first to smelt local iron ore with coke coal in 1709 creating a low cost fuel and triggering the modern world as we know it. Book one of our hotels in Shropshire and travel back in time to the start of this revolution. From here, travel further back to Tudor times as you admire the architecture in the local towns. Next up, medieval times. Roam the castles and imagine a life gone by.

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Book a hotel in Bedfordshire and start your day with a trip to Wrest Park. There’s over 90 acres of beautifully manicured gardens with fountains, bridges and over 40 statues (challenge your kids to find them all), so keep your fingers crossed for a dry day. If it’s wet, don’t panic. Feel like you’re stepping into a film set as you explore the house. Our Bedford Marston Moretaine Hotel is 15 minutes away, or continue on to The Stockwood Discovery Centre. Must-see Moment: Don’t miss the famous Mossman collection of carriages, the largest of its kind on display in the UK. The museum has a great garden and a child-friendly restaurant with a focus on locally-sourced, sustainable food. Early dinner then off to our Luton Hotel 5.2 miles away?

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For a family day out, go to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. There are lots of interactive exhibits, so make time to visit these. The newly opened Butterfly House features over 30 different species and is one of the biggest butterfly biomes in the UK. Must-see Moment: Don’t leave without seeing the Red Panda. Extremely rare, this is a treat that doesn’t come often. Take your time as our Luton Hotel is just 6.4 miles away. Feeling active? Walk across the rolling hills of Dunstable Downs for fresh air in the lungs and great views, and then drive 15 minutes for a well-deserved rest at our nearby Luton Hotel.