Kidderminster is a town in Worcestershire’s Wyre Forest District, 15 miles north of Worcester and 17 miles southwest of Birmingham. It lies on the banks of the River Stour and Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, surrounded by gently rolling hills and farmland. Since the 18th century, it has been famous for its carpet industry, which is lovingly documented at a small museum. From your holiday cottage in Kidderminster the historic town centre is a stroll away, scattered with 19th century mills and graceful churches. Don’t miss the magnificent Victorian town hall, where Winston Churchill and Ernest Shackleton gave famous speeches. Most of the town’s shops and eateries and just to the east of the river and canal, in and around Vicar Street and Worcester Street. At the southwest corner of the town centre, Brinton Park is a lovely spot for a stroll or picnic. Alternatively, follow the tow path along the canal, dotted with historic locks and home to kingfishers. If you fancy a pint of local ale or a good evening meal, try one of Kidderminster’s cosy pubs, such as the Anchor Inn, Station Inn or Lock Inn. Just outside the town, on the doorstep of Kidderminster holiday cottages, Bodenham Abortorium and the Elizabethan Manor House of Harvington Hall are well worth a visit.
There’s no more relaxing way to experience the unspoiled countryside of Worcestershire than from a traditional steam train carriage. Climb aboard the Severn Valley Railway, departing from Kidderminster Station before crossing the Shropshire border and following the banks of the River Severn to Bridgnorth. Self-catering holidays in Kidderminster are hard to beat if you want to explore the Midlands. A scenic drive eastward, the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to some of the region’s most beautiful walking routes with breathtaking views across Worcestershire and Shropshire. The Malvern Hills are a short drive southward, while to the east, the bustling industrial city of Birmingham is easily close enough for a day trip.