Soak up the history of spectacular Aston Hall

With its grandiose appearance and splendid grounds, you'll feel like you've popped into Downton Abbey if you head to the Jacobean Aston Hall for a visit. Dating back to the early 17th century, the hall has a wealth of history, which is shown off to full effect in a series of period rooms boasting ornate furniture, paintings, textiles and metalwork from the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Matchday magic at Aston Villa

Villa Park, home of Aston Villa Football Club, is just a few hundred yards from Aston Hall - in fact, the stadium is visible from the grounds. This means the town of Aston can get busy on matchdays, but it also adds a unique atmosphere and vibrancy to the area. For those who want a bit of peace and quiet, Nearby Brookvale Park offers wonderful scenery and walks.

Lots to see and do in Birmingham

Aston is a ward in Birmingham, so the city centre is within easy reach. There's so much to see and do here that you won't fit it into a single day - but the Bullring shopping centres, National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and Cadbury World are great places to start scratching the surface. Planning a trip to Aston Hall? Travelodge Birmingham Perry Barr Hotel is ideal for visitors travelling from the north, while Travelodge Birmingham Central Newhall Street Hotel and Travelodge Birmingham Central Moor Street Hotel are good options for those wanting to stay more central.