Established around a centuries-old abbey, Burton is a historic town in Staffordshire that is home to what was once the biggest brewery in the world. It was the site of significant battles in the 14th and 16th centuries before evolving into a bustling market town.
Things to do in Burton upon Trent
One of Burton upon Trent’s most popular attractions is the National Brewery Centre, which is located adjacent to the historic Bass Brewery. It explores the heritage of British brewing and its changing techniques, with historic vehicles and a collection of shire horses on display. Join a guided tour to learn about the Bass family and shop for unique brews in the Beer Boutique.
On the north side of Burton upon Trent is the Claymills Pumping Station, a Victorian industrial landmark designed by James Mansergh that has been beautifully restored. On guided tours, you can learn about its construction in 1885 while getting up close to its high-pressure cylinders, engines and Lancashire boilers. Regular steam days are also held when the pumping station’s vintage machinery is in action.
Travelling with kids? They’ll love spending a day at the National Forest Adventure Farm, which is home to friendly animals and a huge adventure playground. You can take a tractor tour of the farm, get behind the wheel of the go-karts or challenge your family and friends on the miniature golf course. If the weather’s poor, head indoors to enjoy the play barn, ball pit and giant Lego construction zone.
Getting around Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent is around 20 minutes’ drive from Derby and 45 minutes from Birmingham. Birmingham International Airport is 40 minutes away and has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular trains connect to the Burton upon Trent railway station and the town is compact enough to explore on foot.