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On way to Birmingham

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On way to Birmingham

Travelling down next week from Southport to NEC for Gardeners World exhibition.

Wondered if anyone can suggest places of interest or garden centres to stop off at.

Many thanks

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1. Re: On way to Birmingham

Not really a gardener so heed my suggestions with due caution..

There is Stapely Water Gardens (http://www.stapeleywg.com/) which is off J16 on the M6.

A more normal garden centre (which no doubt you have close to home) is Dobies, just off J12 on the M6 (head west on the A5 and its right at the first roundabout).

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Hi,one idea for you...

Trentham Gardens and adjacent Trentham Monkey Forest (Admission fee payable at both).There is also a garden centre and retail village in the same grounds which are both free to look around.

Situated a couple of miles off the motorway between M6 Jct 15(Stoke)and Jct 14(Stafford North) on the A34.

As the A34 is a good dual carriageway all the way from Stoke to Stafford it would be easy to get off at Jct15 (Head towards Stone/Stafford) and then afterwards straight down to Jct14 to get back on the M6.

We often have short breaks in Southport.Do you go to the Southport flower shows? We enjoyed a great day out there a few years ago!

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Webbs have a huge garden centre at Shirley - just a few minutes from the NEC. You may also like to visit Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens - a Jacobean Mansion and a 'fine example of english formal gardens' - again within easy travelling distance of the NEC. www.cbhgt.org.uk. Have a great trip to Brum!

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4. Re: On way to Birmingham

The garden centre at Shirley off the M42 is owned by Notcutts, not Webbs http://www.notcutts.co.uk/Solihull

Webbs is further south of Birmingham at Wychbold, near Droitwich, off the M5.

The huge Bridgemere Garden Centre near Nantwich, west of the M6 in Cheshire is also worth stopping off at - I much preferred it to Stapeley Water Gardens in the same area http://www.bridgemere.co.uk

Also Biddulph Grange National Trust Gardens east of the M6 in Staffordshire might be worth a detour

nationaltrust.org.uk/main/…

We called in at Trentham Gardens on Saturday for a brief coffee stop on a coach trip - sadly no time to go in the gardens but we were very impressed by the shops/cafes/toilets in the shopping village: they were spotless! I shall definitely be back to see the gardens.

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There are also the Botanical Gardens at Edgbaston, just outside of the city centre.

Another large garden centre I can think of is Hollybush which is just a minute or two away from Junction 11 on the M6.

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6. Re: On way to Birmingham

Called at trentham Gardens on way home from NEC.

Really enjoyed it many thanks.

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7. Re: On way to Birmingham

Glad you enjoyed it at Trentham Gardens.

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