Located approximately seventeen miles south-west of the UK’s second city, Birmingham, Kidderminster is an interesting place to explore. The town itself was where the modern carpet industry was founded in 1785, and it’s where bespoke carpets for hotels and venues such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris are made. It's also popular with those looking for carpets for momentous occasions, this is where the red carpet used for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton was manufactured, and they’re very proud of it. From a totally different perspective, the town is also where solid-fuel rocket motors for the Seawolf missile, Rapier missile and Starstreak missile systems are manufactured.
Kidderminster Station Emporium, By Andy 4 nothin on Flickr
Kidderminster is an easy town to get around, but if you have a Kidderminster Car Hire you can easily travel just outside to visit attractions such as the West Midlands Safari Park and the heritage railway line, the Severn Valley Railway. The Severn Valley Railway is a 16-mile line running along the Severn Valley from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, following the River Severn for much of its route. Steam trains are the most regular and popular trains on the route, although when the risk of fire is high, diesel locomotives replace them. The line is the sixth longest standard gauge railway in the UK, and one of the most popular heritage railways in the country. The track runs from Kidderminster, through picturesque villages such as Arley, Highly and Hampton Loade to the northern most station at Bridgnorth. Here, you can stop for a picnic or simply turn round and travel back again. Christmas time is especially fun for the children as the Santa Specials have a very ‘special’ driver!