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Travelling around Kidderminster

Travelling around Kidderminster

Begin your visit to Kidderminster by walking around and taking in the architecture that lines the streets. Start with the Town Hall, where great orators, like Winston Churchill and Emmeline Pankhurst, have delivered speeches. Today, it’s an epicentre for live music. Then move on to St John’s Church, a Grade II listed building.

The modern-day carpet industry was founded in the area and you can find out about its history in the Museum of Carpet. Internationally renowned for its woven carpets, this museum will take you through the entire history, looms and all. Meanwhile, you can take a walk through nature, as you stroll up the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. There’s also the Bodenham Arboretum, which sits in a protected valley, to explore.

You’ll also find three shopping centres and a retail park, perfect if you love shopping. You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a bite to eat, with many independent and well-known restaurants and cafes to choose from.

For those looking to explore a little further out, West Midlands Safari Park is a 20-minute drive away.

Weaving a carpet

First mentioned in 1086, the area was a large manor, with 16 outlying settlements owned by William the Conqueror. As time went on, the site became much sought after and was awarded to King Henry II’s steward from 1228 to 1240.

Kidderminster was best known for manufacturing carpets from 1735 and the industry boomed here until the 1970s, when it slowed down a bit. However, its place in the carpet weaving history books remains assured.