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  • 1: History

    The site of Tutbury Castle, on the outskirts of town, has been occupied since the Stone Age and has many stories to tell, including the fact that Mary Queen of Scots was held at the castle. The town is famous for its brewing history, starting when William Bass began brewing in the High Street in 1777. This property is now known as Bass Town House.

  • 2: Now

    Burton upon Trent, known generally as just Burton, is in the heart of the National Forest, making it a popular place for tourists wanting to enjoy the great outdoors. The town sits on the River Trent, which gives it many picturesque settings for visitors to enjoy. It also offers great shopping facilities, drawing in visitors from across the region.

  • 3: Events

    The National Forest Walking Festival takes place during two weeks in May and offers a packed programme of events to suit all ages and abilities. Walks on offer include routes for wheelchair users, walks for families and events for keen ramblers. The Waterways Festival, in July, includes hundreds of boats on show, exhibits, camping and more. This event is organised by the Inland...Read more Waterways Association and attracts around 25,000 visitors every year. Read less

  • 4: Attractions

    The dramatic ruins of Tutbury Castle are very popular and attract thousands of visitors every year. The site includes an authentic Tudor garden and medieval herbery, the ‘haunted’ Great Hall, King’s Bedroom, and a tearoom. The National Brewery Centre and Bass Museum takes visitors on a fun trip through the history of brewing with exhibitions, reconstructions, character pe...Read morerformers, vehicle displays and more. The Marston’s Brewery Visitors’ Centre includes a traditional Victorian Brewhouse. Visitors can see time honoured brewing methods in action, as well as the famous Burton Union System of fermentation.  The National Forest Adventure Farm includes the maize maze, which is one of Europe’s largest mazes. There is also a big indoor play barn, a straw mountain, play tractors, animals, go-karts, a jumping pillow, a sand pit and a mini assault course. Read less

  • 5: Things To Do

    The Meadowside Leisure Centre, in the town centre, includes a sports hall, swimming pools, a fitness centre and the Coral Reef children’s play area. The National Forest offers plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and exploring. The woods at Yoxall Lodge are a popular place to visit in the autumn and for the bluebells in the spring.

  • 6: Business

    Burton Place Shopping Centre offers a good selection of stores, including many high street names. The town centre itself is mainly pedestrianised and includes well-known brands and independent retailers. Coopers Square Shopping Centre has over 70 shops, cafes and restaurants as well as a packed calendar of activities and events. The Octagon Shopping Centre has over 40 shops, pa...Read morerking facilities and a supermarket. The Burton upon Trent indoor market has stalls selling a wide range of goods, including food, clothes, books and crafts. Read less

  • 7: Transport

    The M6 is situated to the west of Burton upon Trent, and the M1 is to the east. Both motorways offer good access to the north and south. The main A roads in and out of the town are the A38, A511 and the A444. There are many train lines serving the town, giving good access to the rest of the UK. A service into London takes just two hours. The nearest airport is East Midlands, wh...Read moreich is approximately 15 miles from the town. Birmingham Airport is about 25 miles away. Read less

  • 8: Entertainment

    The Brewhouse Arts Centre offers a programme of live events including amateur and professional productions. It also includes three exhibition spaces. The town has a lively music scene and there are plenty of small venues and pubs offering regular gigs.

  • 9: Famous Landmarks

    National Memorial Arboretum is a centre of remembrance and includes 50,000 trees and 160 memorials as well as the Armed Forces Memorial, which commemorates those who have died since the end of the Second World. The Claymills Victorian Pumping Station is a restored pumping station that is open to visitors. It houses the oldest working electrical generator in Britain.

  • 10: Interesting Fact

    Sinai Park House is a timber-framed building, parts of which date back to the 15th century. There are many ghost stories surrounding this building, which has featured on Channel 4's Time Team and Living's Most Haunted. Some believe there is a tunnel from the house to Burt Blackburn’s Old Town Hall is a Grade II listed building and was built in 1852. It includes Corinthian col...Read moreumns at the front. 10: Interesting Fact The Blackburn Rovers football club was formed in November 1875 by John Lewis and Arthur Constantine, former schoolmates from Shrewsbury School. They called a meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a football club and 17 people attended, many of these were Blackburn Grammar School old boys. The first game took place in the December of that year. Read less


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