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18-11-2011 : VISIT DROITWICH ON A CANAL BOAT HOLIDAY

Droitwich became famous as a Spa town but unlike other Spa towns you did not drink the spa water, which is almost saturated brine, the benefits were derived by swimming and floating in the concentrated salt solution.

The brine is so salty that the Dead Sea is the only other natural source of salt water able to equal its strength and density.

Take a stroll through Vines Park which is located between the Droitwich Canal and the River Salwarpe this pretty park is on the site of the former brine works.

At the towns Heritage Centre discover the unique exhibitions which are devoted to the long and fascinating story of the only salt water spa town in Britain.

At the Jinney Ring Craft Centre visit the collection of 200 year old barns which have been converted into a number of craft studios.

From glass blowers to painters to violin makers to a millinery a host of craftsmen and woman work from the centre.

For a very special treat take afternoon tea at the Chateau Impney, this replica of a French chateau was built by John Corbett, a local Salt Barron, in 1875, as a present for his French born wife.

If it looks familiar it is because for many years the nightly Soap Crossroads used the entrance area as a set.

Just a short stroll from Hanbury Locks is Hanbury Hall a beautiful William and Mary style house which is owned by The National Trust.

Take home a Hanbury grown plant for your own garden and enjoy a cuppa and a slice of home made cake in the open air cafe.

A brilliant day out for the whole family is the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings this open air museum has historic buildings spanning over 700 years.

These buildings, including a Victorian Mission church, a Windmill and a 1946 Prefab have been restored and rebuilt on this picturesque site.

The town of Droitwich is mainly focused in the town centre around the Square which leads to the shopping centre.

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