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Historic farm gets online award

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 14, 2014

Northycote Farm is popular with visitors

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ANOTHER popular Black Country visitor attraction has been praised by online travel guide TripAdvisor.

Northycote Farm and Country Park, in the Bushbury area of Wolverhampton, has been given the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, presented to sites that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews at www.tripadvisor.co.uk.

In order to gain the award, attractions must meet a range of criteria, including maintaining an overall rating of four out of five.

Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business, said, "TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional sites for consistent excellence.

"The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience."

The Tudor Northycote Farm is more than 400 years old and is steeped in history.

It was built around 1600 and, while passing through a number of hands, it remained an active farm until the 1960s. During the First World War horses were kept there before being sent to work on the front line. Wolverhampton Council bought the farm in 1976 and renovated the farm buildings in the 1980s.

Since the 1990s the farmhouse has opened for special events and tours and visitors can see a range of livestock and rare breeds, including Norfolk black turkeys, geese, chickens, ducks and guinea fowl, Shropshire sheep, Hereford cattle and pigs. There is also a tea shop and many scenic walks through the country park and woods that are full of a variety of wildlife.

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