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.
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.
Tamworth Castle One of the best preserved Norman motte-and-bailey castles in the UK.
Lichfield Cathedral 6.7 miles An impressive cathedral well worth visiting.
Middleton Hall A delightful country house on the border with Warwickshire.
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.
Kingsbury Water Park 5.1 miles Have a day out at this country park of over 600 acres with lots of facilities, things to do, and walks.
Drayton Manor Park Enjoy a day out at this popular theme park.
Towns Near Tamworth To Visit - straight line distance:Lichfield (6.58 miles) Atherstone (7.30 miles) Sutton Coldfield (7.63 miles) Twycross (7.97 miles)