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Things to do in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire


Burton upon Trent, the largest town in the National Forest, is internationally known as the capital of British brewing. The River Trent and the Trent and Mersey canal wind their way majestically through the town.

Michael Bass, who became Lord Burton in the 19th century, gifted the town with many of its fine buildings, the most prominent is the Town Hall, together with St. Margaret's Church and the beautiful St. Paul's. The parish church of St. Modwen's, is generally acknowledged to be one of the finest examples of Palladian type Gothic architecture in the country. Standing near the Trent, it was built in the early 18th century, on a site used for Christian worship for over one thousand years; and is dedicated to the founder of the first Christian settlement at Burton in the 7th century.

Visit the Coors Visitor Centre (formerly the Bass Museum), which tells the story of Bass, Brewing and Beer, with frequently changing exhibitions, interactive galleries, and unique collection of horse-drawn and motorised historic vehicles. England's oldest micro-brewery, children's outdoor play area, award winning Education service, home of the famous "Bass Shire Horses". Also the Marston's Visitor Centre and Brewery Tours where you can join a tour and see time honoured brewing methods in action.

Burton upon Trent is a premier shopping centre, boasting three excellent shopping centres, with a good mix of specialist shops and the country's leading retailers.

The Victorian Town Hall in all its Gothic splendour, is the ideal venue for concerts, exhibitions and other functions. The Brewhouse Arts Centre, is a multi purpose arts building incorporating 230 seat theatre, gallery, studios, media centre, cinema, darkroom and a delightful bar bistro in which to relax.

For sporting enthusiasts, Shobnall Leisure Centre caters for athletics, hockey, football, rugby, tennis, bowls, and crazy golf.

The Meadow side Leisure Centre offers crèche facilities, here you can swim, play squash and enjoy a sauna. Branston Water Park is a 40 acre lake used by wind surfers, model boaters and anglers. There is a wide variety of bird life and a footpath around the lake to woodland, a wild flower meadow, children's play facilities, picnic area and visitor centre.Blithfield Reservoir set in most attractive countryside has an active sailing club and the water attracts trout fishermen from a wide area.

Golfers have a choice of two 18 hole clubs, where visitors are welcome by appointment.

Good views of the river can be enjoyed from the three bridges, the main Burton Bridge, the old wood and iron ferry bridge and the footbridge which connects the town centre to Andresey Island, one of the town's parks.

Burton is renowned for formal and informal landscapes set alongside the River Trent . Enjoy the floral displays in beautiful Stapenhill Gardens, before strolling through the wonderful Trent Washlands, or take a trip on the River Trent in the delightful "Dingle Belle"

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