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Explore a medieval castle in Hartlebury

Located in Worcestershire just south of Kidderminster, the village of Hartlebury is home to 13th-century former bishops' home Hartlebury Castle and Worcestershire County Museum.

See the medieval Great Hall and Georgian saloon in the fortified manor house, and stroll round the cider mill and nature reserve in the castle grounds. At the museum, learn about toys through the ages, see a collection of gypsy caravans and discover the hardships faced by Victorian schoolchildren.

Get some fresh air on Hartlebury Common

With heather-clad hills, ancient woodlands, a rare acid bog and babbling brook, this large area of heathland is one of Worcestershire's most important nature reserves. It's officially a biological and geographical Site of Special Scientific Interest, attracting an abundance of plants and insects.

Look out for butterflies and moths, including the purple hairstreak and Essex skipper, which is more commonly found in the south of England.

Go shopping in Worcester

This historic city, a 20-minute drive from Hartlebury, is home to an exciting mix of independent boutiques. Look beyond the High Street to discover the hidden gems of Reindeer Court, The Gallery, Friar Street, New Street and The Hopmarket, taking in the extraordinary medieval architecture along the way. Daily markets also add to the bustling atmosphere.

Looking for accommodation in Hartlebury? Travelodge Hartlebury Hotel is just to the south of the village. Another good option is Travelodge Kidderminster Hotel.