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Friday, 25 March 2016

A Weekend at Drayton Manor / Travelodge Tamworth Central Hotel

Travelodge Tamworth Central

During February, we enjoyed a family weekend in Tamworth as we had been invited to Drayton Manor.  

Travelodge Tamworth Central

As a family of six, we find it difficult to find family rooms to accommodate us so we like to book two rooms at  a Travelodge which is a practical affordable choice.

Travelodge Tamworth Central

Each room had a double bed and two put me up beds all ready and made up.  This was a change to our previous stays in past Travelodges.  There used to be a double and a bed settee. The kids liked having a bed each and the only difference was it meant the beds were up all the time but as we don't spend any time in our hotels during the day this wasn't a problem at all.
Travelodge Tamworth Central

I found my King Sized bed very comfortable.  All six of us could have slept in the room really as we're used to squashing together during camping.  As we had two rooms, I shared with Rebecca and Isabelle.  Dave shared with Danny and Caitlyn.  So Dave and I ended ip with a Kind Sized bed each.  We also had adjacent rooms which was handy.

There was a bath and shower (meaning all of the kids were catered for), good sized bathroom, clothes storage, desk and TV.    

Travelodge Tamworth Central

Tamworth Central is one of the Travelodges that doesn't have a Bar Cafe Restaurant so the breakfast option is a Breakfast Box for £4.95.  We went out for our own breakfast instead, but highly recommend the unlimited breakfast in Travelodges that serve them.  They are delicious, have a lot of fresh varied options (including Linda McCartney vegan sausages for me) and Lavazza Coffee.  It costs just £7.95 and is free for kids.  I know the kids missed having a hotel breakfast this time but we chose the hotel for the location rather than the food (sorry kids!)

Travelodge Tamworth Central

The staff were very friendly both on reception and throughout our stay.  Reception is located on the first floor which is accessible by lift or stairs.  Our room was also on the first floor which was handy.  There were vending machines located near reception.  This was great for soft drinks and snacks.

Travelodge Tamworth Central

We used the hotel as a base and early the next morning we made our way to Drayton Manor.  It's 2.6 miles away and so easy to find.  The journey took us less than ten minutes.  On the way we passed Tamworth Snow Dome (0.7 miles away).  This hotel is also close to Tamworth Castle (2.6 miles) and Twycross Zoo (14 miles).

Travelodge Tamworth Central

We had a great day at Drayton Manor (click to see our full post).  When we got back we were understandably tired.  Izzy had fell asleep during the short journey back to the hotel.  We didn't feel like venturing far and exploring Tamworth (sorry Tamworth, next time!) but spotted that we were located next to a Frankie and Benny's and also an Odeon Cinema, so plans were made!

Travelodge Tamworth Central

We went to the Odeon Tamworth  first to watch a film.  We chose Goosebumps, which was amazing.  We all really enjoyed it but if we'd watched it locally, we wouldn't have bought Izzy with us as she's a bit young, however she was fine apart from needing a cuddle during a few "scary" parts.    

      Travelodge Tamworth Central

While we waited for the film the kids played "Air Hockey" and went on a few rides.  Dave and I actually managed to have a caffeine boost at Costa Coffee while they played nicely. 

Travelodge Tamworth Central

Caitlyn is usually the most camera shy but she asked me to take photos of her and Izzy by all the King Fu Panda Posters- we can't wait to see the next film!

Travelodge Tamworth Central

She loves meerkats too so a #meerkatmovies photo was a must have!  

We all enjoyed the film (and the rest and sit down was much appreciated too). 

Travelodge Tamworth Central

We attempted to go to Frankie & Benny's, Tamworth but they were fully booked  until half ten which was too late for us so I recommend you book a table during your stay here.  

Travelodge Tamworth Central

Instead we ordered a takeaway to the hotel- there were so many choices on Just Eat, but we went for Papa G's which was lovely. 

We all slept well on the Saturday night.  The following morning we popped to Lidls to pick up breakfast supplies (it's also handy for beer/wine and other hotel weekend break "essentials"!) and then made our way home.

We'll definitely be back to Travelodge Tamworth Central during our next visit to Drayton Manor and will book our Frankie and Benny's table in advance- they do a great cooked breakfast too!

At the time of writing family rooms cost from £52 a night.  The Sat Nav postcode is   
B79 7JJ.  

We paid for our own stay and weren't asked to write this but hope it will be useful for other families looking for affordable accommodation while visiting Drayton Manor.

Have you been to Tamworth?  If you have any more information or tips, please let me know.  


Good to Know


Travelodge Tamworth Central from £36 (Sat Nav postcode  B79 7JJ)


Drayton Manor, family of four ticket, £77

Odeon Tamworth


Frankie and Benny's (kids meal £4.25 including drink and dessert)

Papa G's Pizza, Tamworth 


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