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That remarkable little Worcestershire Town - looking over a true English scene - Household Words, Charles Dickens 1850

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The Google map above gives the area to the East of the town and the locations mentioned in the text are identified with a marker. If you pass your curser over the marker it’s name will appear. You can zoom in and out of the map to see the exact location and to pan around the map. The Google Street View facility is also active, simply drag the yellow ‘man’ to the location to see the ‘street view’.

Immediately to the east, is the attractive medieval town of Henley-in-Arden,  with its half-timbered Elizabethan building and Heritage Centre . Just south of Henley-in-Arden is the attractive village of Wooten Wawen.

Driving further east, still only a short distance, is Warwick, the County Town of Warwickshire. Here there is St John's House Museum and, close by the historic Warwick Castle . Just to the north of Warwick is Kenilworth Castle the famous home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Elizabethan garden has recently been restored. Adjoining Warwick is Leamington Spa with the famous Jephson Gardens created in 1831.

North-east of Redditch, about 20 mils away, is the Birmingham NEC, one of the foremost  exhibition centres in Europe, which include the LG Arena, a venue for all major  music tours.

Running through this area is the Grand Union Canal, Britain’s longest canal. The Hatton Locks, just west of Warwick, has 21 locks in two miles. Close by Hatton Locks is Hatton Country World which includes and 'adventure farm' and a 'shopping village'

A little to the north of this area is the city of Coventry, famous for both its old (destroyed during the blitz) and new Cathedrals , it also boasts excellent shopping facilities, the Belgrade Theatre ,the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick and Ryton Gardens, the home of Garden Organic, the UK's leading organic growing charity, since the 1980s has 10 acres of organic gardens.

Close by Redditch to the east are two significant National Trust properties. The nearest, Packwood House is a Tudor house with a park and a garden with a topiary  laid out to represent the 'Sermon on the Mount'. Close by is the picturesque Baddesley Clinton, a medieval moated manor house and garden. Both have restaurants and parking.

In the South-east of this area is the National Trust property  Charlecote Park, and Compton Verney, a major  art galley  run by a charitable trust.