Travelling around Tamworth
With great connections to nearby Birmingham, the historic market town of Tamworth is a fascinating West Midlands base. Scratch the surface and you’ll see there’s plenty here to see and do without travelling to the bright lights of the second city.
With world-famous theme parks, a whopping indoor snow dome and a not-to-be-missed steam railway, there’s plenty to do if you like a little action with your day out, but that’s not all. There are huge open green spaces, animal petting zoos and a glorious historic castle to see. Visitors and residents alike won’t be short of fun in Tamworth.
Arriva buses make getting around Tamworth and the surrounding Midlands a breeze. Board a bus and travel all the way to Brum for its excellent shopping facilities or go in the other direction and visit the historic town of Lichfield. Travel within Tamworth is excellent too, as there are regular services to Amington, Coton Green and Hockley.
Tamworth has a long and fascinating history. It began as a Saxon settlement that was made important by King Offa of Mercia at some point during his reign, from 755 to 796. In the Middle Ages, the Normans erected Tamworth church which has stood tall at the heart of the town ever since.
In 1345, Tamworth suffered a disastrous fire and much of it burned down, but the town was gradually rebuilt over the subsequent centuries. Queen Elizabeth I granted another charter in 1560. Like all towns, Tamworth suffered from many outbreaks of plague in the 16th and 17th centuries, but the town thankfully recovered each time.