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Tamworth

The historic market town was founded by the Saxons but was sacked by the Danes in the 9th century. Aethelflaeda defeated the Danes and built a castle here to defend the settlement in 913 AD.

In the 11th century the Normans built a new castle on the site, a sandstone fortress, overlooking the confluence of the rivers Anker and Tame, and it still dominates the centre of the town.

By the 17th century Tamworth was one of the most populous towns in the area. The town flourished by controlling two packhorse bridges over the Tame and the Anker on the important route from London to Chester.

During the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, it developed rapidly with the coal industryand became a hub of the canal network when the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal and the Coventry Canal were constructed through the town.

Transport links improved when the Midland Railway and the London and North Western Railway were opened in the mid-19th century.

From 1830 to 1850 the Victorian Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, served as Tamworth's MP.

In 1935 Tamworth became the home of the Reliant Motor Company. The famous 'Reliant Robin' was produced here from 1973 until 1998, when the factory closed and was relocated to a purpose-built factory in Burntwood, Cannock.

Since World War II the town has grown rapidly by absorbing the overspill from the West Midlands conurbation to the south-west.

Quite a few things to do round here, and over the border in Warwickshire.

Have You Visited Tamworth ?
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" Came to walk a country mile, and guess what it does not happen any more. But the signs are still up what an embarrassment for the staff in the tourist centre. Went to this golden guitar thing and visited the museum shop what a load of nothing. We didn't stay long . "

Tourist Attractions in and near Tamworth to Visit

Activities

Activities

SnowDome Have fun on the slopes for an active day out.

Ash End House Children's Farm Take the children out to see the animals.

Castles

Castles

Tamworth Castle One of the best preserved Norman motte-and-bailey castles in the UK.

Churches

Churches

Lichfield Cathedral 6.7 miles An impressive cathedral well worth visiting.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Middleton Hall A delightful country house on the border with Warwickshire.

Museums

Museums

Lichfield Heritage Centre 6.5 miles Find out about the long history of the town.

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum 6.5 miles Find out the life of Samuel Johnson.

Erasmus Darwin House 6.7 miles Visit the home of Dr Erasmus Darwin.

Theme Parks

Adventure & Theme Parks

Drayton Manor Park Enjoy a day out at this popular theme park.

Towns Near Tamworth To Visit - straight line distance:

Lichfield (6.58 miles) Twycross (7.97 miles) Swadlincote (10.96 miles) Burton-upon-Trent (11.77 miles)
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How to get to Tamworth

Tamworth Tourist Information Centre

  • The Philip Dix Centre
    Corporation Street
    Tamworth
    B79 7DN
    Tel: 01827 709581
    Email: tic@tamworth.gov.uk
Hotels
Drayton Manor Hotel
Drayton Manor Park Tamworth B78 3TW

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Gungate Hotel
62 Upper Gungate Tamworth B79 8AA

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Holiday Inn Express Tamworth
Leisure Island, Riverdrive Tamworth B79 7ND

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Holiday Cottages
Porter
Polesworth near Tamworth B78 1DU
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Gatehouse Croft
Polesworth near Tamworth B78 1DU
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Tamworth Weather
Wednesday 26th November
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