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8 Of The Most Picturesque And Quaint Villages And Towns Near Birmingham

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer

8 Of The Most Picturesque And Quaint Villages And Towns Near Birmingham

Time to escape from the urban jungle of Brum?

The West Midlands is full of quaint and picturesque spots that are well worth a visit and leaving the city behind, just for the day. Check out our guide to the prettiest towns and villages near Birmingham, especially if you’ve had enough of the sight of concrete or your bedroom walls.

1. Wombourne

This rural village lies south of Wolverhampton, and is old enough to have some medieval roots. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, Wombourne used to be an agricultural village, but you can also find traces of its more recent industrial past here. On a dry day, a walk down the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal is a must, taking in the Bratch, a cluster of canal buildings which also include a pump house and locks.

🚗  How to get there: 40 minutes by car. 

2. Henley-in-Arden

In the centre of the country, just a few miles north of Stratford-upon-Avon, is Henley-in-Arden, a medieval town steeped in tradition. You may have accidentally stumbled upon this town en route to Stratford or Birmingham, but you’ll have been pleasantly surprised by the selection of quaint pubs, boutiques and its celebrated Henley ice cream. We’ve got our eye on a few flavours like banana and fudge, blackcurrant sorbet and walnut and maple syrup, but the parlour has over 50 flavours to choose from. Enjoy a scoop as you wander down Henley-in-Arden’s mile-long (1.6km) high street, which is a conservation area with more than 150 buildings listed as being of special architectural or historical interest.

🚗  How to get there: 32 minutes by car. 

3. Earlswood

Situated just south of Solihull, Earlswood Lakes is made up of three 22 acre (9ha) reservoirs that you can wander round- Terry’s Pool, Windmill Pool and Engine Pool. Visitors can take in the stunning scenery, try a spot of fishing and maybe spot a rare woodpecker. When you’re done with the outdoors, there are country pubs and a craft centre nearby. With water, wildlife and wonderful walking trails – what’s not to like about Earlswood?

🚗  How to get there: 35 minutes by car. 

4. Alvechurch

Lying in northeast Worcestershire, not far from the Lickey Hills, the village of Alvechurch is around 12 miles from Birmingham and easily accessible by train. One of the more overlooked areas of the West Midlands, it has pubs, canals perfect for walk, as well as Alvechurch marina, which pulls in narrowboat owners. There are plenty of cosy cottages dating back 200 years and more in the heart of the village, which is just east of the bustling town of Bromsgrove.

🚗  How to get there: 30 minutes by car. 

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5. Kinver

Kinver is a large Staffordshire village that boasts a wealth of history. Situated just a few minutes’ drive from Stourbridge, it is one of those chocolate-box villages that are almost too pretty to be true. Its most popular visitor attraction is Kinver Edge – a 300-acre (120ha) National Trust-owned site. As well as the fantastic views from its summit, Kinver Edge’s tall woodland ridge boasts some amazing homes that were carved into the sandstone rock, which were inhabited until the 1950s and look as though they are the English version to the Lord of the Rings set of Hobbiton, actually located in New Zealand.

🚗  How to get there: 44 minutes by car. 

6. Tanworth-in-Arden

Best known for its connection with renowned folk musician Nick Drake, this village boasts an impressive amount of history too. It may only have a small population of about 3,000, but Tanworth-in-Arden is very popular with tourists who are in search of an escape from the city that includes country pubs, walking trails and festivals such as the Lunar Arts and Music Festival. Don’t forget to check out Packwood House, a 16th-century manor house with gardens, around six miles away from Tanworth-in-Arden.

🚗  How to get there: 32 minutes by car. 

7. Clent

Just 12 miles away from Birmingham, Clent is another of the region’s smallest towns. No visit to this area in Worcestershire would be complete without a trip to the National Trust’s Clent Hills. This site is perfect for walks and panoramic views of Birmingham, and you may even spot bright carpets of bluebells depending on the season, plus you’ll find the Clent Hills pinnacle, the Four Stones, a sight to behold. Don’t miss out on a trip to the many wonderful country pubs and restaurants within Clent and the surrounding areas.

🚗  How to get there: 30 minutes by car. 

8. Wishaw

With a population of just 125 in the 2011 census, the Warwickshire village of Wishaw is a far cry from the bustle of Birmingham. Many visitors come here to visit the quintessential country pub the Cock Inn, while the Belfry Hotel & Resort is also popular with locals and celebrities who come for the world-class golf facilities. Less than a 10-mile drive away from Wishaw is Kingsbury Water Park with 15 lakes in 600 acres (240ha) of land.  As well as the lakes, the water park also offers picnic areas, bike hire and a miniature railway.

🚗  How to get there: 20 minutes by car. 

See also: 5 Of The Prettiest Lakes And Reservoirs Close To Birmingham

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