Enjoy a brewery break in Burton upon Trent

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 2:09 PM

No visit to Burton upon Trent is complete without a tour of the National Brewery Centre. Whether you are a fan of beer, or want to find out more about the region's brewing heritage, the world-class museum and visitor centre is not to be missed.

Stay at the grade II listed, 18th century Ramada Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel, former home of Staffordshire brewer William Worthington, and enjoy a brewery tour package alongside walks in the gorgeous growing National Forest..

The two night short break includes tickets to the National Brewery Centre along with a three-course dinner for two in the oak-panelled Folly Restaurant, and full English breakfast on both mornings.

You can also pay a visit to Burton Abbey, where the monks from around AD1002 were the first to discover how the local water, which is rich in minerals, made excellent ale. Beer was important because the brewing process made it safer to drink than water, which was unlikely to be pure.

The first commercial brewery in the town was not founded until 1708 with premises close to Burton Bridge. At its peak the town produced one quarter of all beer sold in Britain with over 30 breweries recorded in 1880. Today, only two remain - Molson Coors and Marston's.

The offer is available until the end of December, priced at £174 per couple, so £87pp.

General Manager of Ramada Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel, Tom Keaveny, said: 'This is such a beautiful area and with so much to do! The special break gives guests the chance to experience the fascinating heritage of the area, while exploring some of the lovely countryside.'

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