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The best of both worlds at Hockley Heath

Located just 12 miles from Birmingham, Hockley Heath in the West Midlands provides the perfect base for those who like the hustle and bustle of city life, but enjoy a little rural peace and quiet too. Take a walk to the Nearby Lord Archer's Obelisk, which was constructed in 1749. Some experts claim it marks the burial spot of a favourite horse, others to mark his ascension to the peerage. Whatever the reason, its position atop a hill gives it marvellous panoramic views. It's also close to Umberslade Farm Park, which caters for children of all ages; kids are welcome to handle the animals and bottle feed the newborns.

Have a blast from the past at Packwood House

Packwood House is a Grade I-listed timber-framed Tudor manor Near Lapworth. It's been owned by the National Trust since 1941, which has taken care of its fine furniture and wealth of breath-taking tapestries; they are a must for lovers of decorative arts. There's also an impressive yew garden that the green-fingered will adore.

Poignant reminders at Baddesley Clinton

Another National Trust property Near Lapworth, Baddesley Clinton's history isn't an entirely a happy one - as its expert tour guides will tell you. They regale visitors with stories of Catholics persecuted by the Tudors who found a place to hide within its walls. Set within a moat and surrounded by spectacular gardens, not to mention a play trail the kids will love, it's a fun day out for all the family. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Hockley Heath? Try the Travelodge Birmingham Maypole or the Travelodge Birmingham Airport Hotel.