HELEN SMITH

Qualified member of the Institute of Tourist Guides and working in the Heart of England
BA (Hons), MITG

Blue Badge Tour Guide
in the Heart of England

Images of the Heart of England

​The Heart of England includes eight counties; Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire,
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Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and West Midlands. 

From the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds to the vibrant cities of Birmingham, Gloucester and Coventry the region is steeped in history, literary greats, artistic talent, industrial genius and architectural delights.

Cotswold villages​​

Lower Slaughter Mill

Chipping Campden

Broadway - the Jewel of the Cotswolds

​Towers and spires

Oxford - City of Dreaming Spires

Broadway Tower

      Burford Church

​​​Gardens and landscapes

Trentham Gardens, Stoke on Trent

Hidcote Manor Garden

Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire

lavender fields, Snowshill


​Castles
  and Palaces

Highclere Castle

Warwick Castle

Blenheim Palace

Coughton Court

Houses and Halls

Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford upon Avon

Kelmscott Manor

Chavenage House
(Poldark's Trenwith)

Bishop Percy's House, Bridgnorth


Rivers and Canals

Foxton Locks

Brindley Place, Birmingham

Birmingham's canals

Stratford Upon Avon

Rocks and Ruins

Rollright Stones

Wenlock Priory

Malmesbury Abbey

Gates
and Doorways  

​Hidcote Manor Garden

Lord Leycester's Hospital, Warwick


Campden Gatehouse, Chipping Campden

Stow on the Wold

Bourton on the Water

Eastgate, Warwick

​Walls and Bridges

Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

​Blenheim Grand Bridge

Rural crafts and traditions

Thatching

Brewing (and delivering by dray)

Carriage driving

Morris Dancing

Sculptures and Statues


Admiral Nelson, Birmingham

The Bull, Birmingham

Puck,
Stratford upon Avon

John Wesley, Bristol

Steps and stairways


Hidcote Manor Garden

Coventry
old cathedral

Christ Church, Oxford

Blavatnik School of Goverment, Oxford

Tombs and Trees

Ancient oaks
Blenheim Palace

Bale tombs and yews
Painswick Parish Church

C S Lewis's grave, ​Oxford

Yew trees
Upper Slaughter

Tomb of Robert Dudley,
Warwick

Buildings
Old and New

Curfew Tower, Moreton in Marsh

Birmingham Library

The Hive, Worcester

Mason's Court, Stratford Upon Avon

Beasts and Beards

 Oxford grotesque

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Leominster Priory

Roadside Rarities

Windsor

Eardisland, Herefordshire

Cotswold Staddle Stone