We are situated in the lovely South Staffordshire countryside, adjacent to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal, and close to the historic Black Country in the West Midlands. We have a wealth of visitor attractions on our doorstep, so numerous that’s is impossible to showcase them all here. Below are our favourites which you could easily combine with a visit to Ashwood Nurseries. If you are staying in the area, other notable attractions within a 20 mile radius include The Black Country Museum, The Ironbridge Gorge Museum (a World Heritage Site) and various National Trust properties including Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses, Moseley Old Hall, Dudmaston, Shugborough and Hanbury Hall.
The Severn Valley Railway is a superb 16 mile (26km) heritage railway following for much of its length the course of the picturesque River Severn, linking Bridgnorth, Hampton Loade and Highley in Shropshire with Arley, Bewdley and Kidderminster in Worcestershire. Train services are predominantly hauled by steam locomotives; however diesel traction is also sometimes used. (Kidderminster Station is situated 6 miles from Ashwood Nurseries)
A magical walled garden with arches, towers, and follies which are home to unusual wall shrubs and spectacular climbing roses. Behind the hedges that divide the garden there are wonderful borders, filled to bursting with colourful perennials and interspersed with many rare and unusual trees and shrubs that thrive thanks to the microclimate. A delightful and romantic garden created by plantswoman Louisa Arbuthnott and her husband James. (Situated 8 miles from Ashwood Nurseries).
Wightwick Manor is a beautiful National Trust Victorian manor house built in Arts and Crafts style and set in superb gardens. The stunning house interiors feature original wallpaper and fabrics by Arts and Crafts pioneer William Morris, along with Pre-Raphaelite stained glass, paintings and objets d'art. The 17 acres of gardens surrounding the manor are of particular interest; they feature terraces, woodland, and water pools, creating a colourful and attractive setting at almost any time of year. (Situated 6 miles from Ashwood Nurseries).
This is one of the oldest Arboretums in the UK. Tucked away in the lovely countryside of the Worcestershire and Shropshire borders near Bewdley, it boasts more than 300 species of trees in formal and informal plantings and gardens. The collection includes many rare and spectacular domestic and exotic trees. Nestling in the Severn Valley and overlooking the river, it has been growing and maturing in this idyllic setting for two centuries. Within walking distance of the Severn Valley Railway station at Arley, the sound of the steam locomotives often drifts through the arboretum. (Situated 8 miles from Ashwood Nurseries)