Straddling the Trent River in Staffordshire is the town of Burton upon Trent. Often known as simply Burton, this town is probably best known for having over a dozen breweries in its heyday. Brewing wasn't' what started the town, however, but it did become best known for that as it grew into a busy market town.
Brewing is important to the town of Burton upon Trent. Visitors can see many of the interesting breweries that are still located in this town. The Coors Brewery, The Burton Bridge Brewery, Cottage Brewery, and Tower Brewery are all located here. Many of these breweries have tours available for those who are interested in seeing how your favorite ale is made. If you don't have time to stop by one of the breweries then you should at the very least visit one of the local pubs and try a sample of what they have to offer in this town.
Another popular attraction is the Burton Abbey. This abbey is what started the town. Built around the seventh century by St Modwen the abbey was later refounded as a Benedictine Abbey in 1003. Today visitors can actually only tour parts of the area. There aren't many remains aside from fragments of the chapter house and grounds. This is thanks to the dissolution of the abbeys in the 1500s there isn't much left but the grounds which are worth looking at.
Located near Burton upon Trent is the National Memorial Arboretum. This is the home of the Armed Forces Memorial. It gives recognition to those who died either while on duty or as a result of terrorist activity since the Second World War. The Arboretum contains 50 acres of trees and memorials devoted to these brave men and women. May they never be forgotten.
Another popular stop is Sudbury Hall. This intriguing house is not just a restful respite with its beautiful gardens but it is a fun entertaining museum. Sudbury Hall was once the home of the Vernon family, the home is now the property of the National Trust. Visitors can view the intricate carvings and plaster work. There are family portraits and a wonderfully carved staircase. When you walk the grounds look for the wonderful wildlife that calls the hall home. You will see toads, newts, snakes, and even woodpeckers and Tawny Owls.
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