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Tamworth is a historic town on the borders of Staffordshire and Warwickshire to the north-east of Birmingham. It sits on the river Tame from which the town takes its name and is known throughout the region for its castle, the Drayton Manor Theme Park just to the south of the town, and the Snowdome indoor ski centre.

Lichfield lies to north-west and Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham to the south-east, with the smaller towns and villages of Polesworth, Twycross, and Atherstone to the east of Tamworth. The M42 runs to the south of Tamworth to the east of Birmingham and provides quick access to Birmingham International Airport, Solihull and the south Warwickshire area, the NEC, and connects to the M40 heading to London.

There are two stations available for commuters and shoppers heading out of Tamworth. The main Tamworth station is in the town centre and provides connections to Birmingham New Street in just over 20 minutes and to London Euston in 90 minutes. Connections are also from the station to Lichfield, Crewe and to the major cities in the north-west. The other station in Tamworth is in the suburb of Wilnecote to the south of the main station and also provides connections to Birmingham.

Tamworth has a rich history – the town was the capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia and was in the Anglo-Saxon period the most significant settlement in the Midlands, far greater as a centre of wealth and power than Birmingham and Warwick at that time.

The castle was begun in the period following the Norman Conquest and remains one of the main visitor attractions in the town. The town grew with the coming of the Industrial Revolution and the building of the Coventry through Tamworth and the coming of the railway. In the 20th century Tamworth was a centre for automotive production with the Reliant Company being based in the town. Today many residents commute to nearby Lichfield and Birmingham and work for local businesses.

The old town of Tamworth still contains many independent shops and is the site of a market every Tuesday and Saturday that can trace its roots back to the 16th century. The Ventura Retail Park is packed with leading retailers such as John Lewis and Marks and Spencer.

The Assembly Rooms in Tamworth host live music, comedy, theatre and dance events. The town is the home of Tamworth Football Club who play in the Conference North, as well as athletic, cricket, hockey, speedway, canoeing, and even a stand-up paddle boating club.


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