Adventures around Birminghamwith PlusBus

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Whether you're a fan of beautiful gardens, industrial heritage, shopping, museum-hopping, or the period gangster TV show Peaky Blinders, a Birmingham PlusBus ticket will help you explore hundreds of fabulous visitor attractions around the West Midlands. Here area just three of the many adventures you could have. Ask for PlusBus when you buy your train ticket or at the station when you arrive for unlimited bus travel across a very wide area all day long.

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  • Great for: boat rides | canals | family fun | flowers and gardens | historic houses | industrial heritage | living history | museums |
  • Refreshments: lots of great cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  • Please note: researched/updated in August 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Take a boat trip through the Dudley Caverns

    Hundreds of millions of years of history are hiding underground in Dudley, just near to the Black CountryLiving Museum. A canal boat will take you through a tunnel and out through curtains of ivy (jokingly known as the “hanging gardens of Dudley”).

    • Beyond this, tunnels lead into the past: there are walls encrusted with rippling limestone, dramatic sound and light shows and moving dioramas of the miners who worked here for so many years. There are even traces of the plants and animals that lived in the area when it was covered in warm tropical seas, leaving fossils and layers of coal.
    • How do I get to the Dudley Canal and Caverns? Bus 11/11A from Dudley bus station stops at Tipton crossroads. Walk a few steps back from the bus stop, turn right onto Birmingham New Road, over the canal and you’ll soon see the sign on your left.
    • If you’re already at the Black Country Living Museum, head for the Bottle and Glass pub and you’ll find a bridge over the canal nearby to the Dudley Canal and Caverns visitor centre.
    • There are more ideas for car-free adventures in this area in our guide to Stourbridge.