As a major centre of beer manufacture for literally centuries, Burton on Trent is known world-wide as the heart of the British brewing industry. Aside from the multitude of large and small breweries operating out of the town, there are a number of heritage trails and museums highlighting Burton's long-standing connection with the beer trade for visitors to enjoy. Brewery tours are also available, taking in all aspects of the trade including traditional brewing techniques and even a visit to the stables of the 'Bass Shire Horses' which used to help transport Burton's biggest export around the country and the world.
Many of the town's finest buildings were bequeathed to Burton by the nineteenth century Lord, Michael Bass, who also gave his family name to locally-brewed Bass bitter. Among Bass' gifts to the town were the imposing Gothic-style Victorian town hall and the beautiful decorative churches of St Paul's and St Margaret's.
There are plenty of attractive parks and gardens in Burton for visitors to relax in, Andresey Island in the centre of the River Trent being a particularly fine example with excellent views of the town.
Sports enthusiasts are well catered for in Burton with a huge variety of sporting facilities, including tennis courts, football and rugby pitches, athletics track, golf courses and swimming pools. There are also several lakes and reservoirs that offer the opportunity for sailing, wind-surfing and angling, not to mention stunning lakeside and woodland walks. The local football club, Burton Albion FC, has just been promoted to The Football League and draws large crowds on a weekly basis.