Tolkien Attraction and Distraction
There are also references to The Shire Country Park, Sarehole Mill and other places in Birmingham which may have inspired the Old Forest and the Two Towers.
Although I admire these efforts to create visitor attractions with Tolkien connections in an area which some might not associate with tourism, I can't help noting the contrast with the Three Cups Hotel. The Three Cups Hotel was built for visitors and already has unquestionable links with Tolkien and it is in one of the most beautiful parts of England which has attracted tourists for centuries.
As with all BBC News web pages, there are some interesting links including one about the listing of a house which Tolkien lived in. Read the full post