A Guide to Living in Solihull – 5 Top Tips

When you move to a new city, there is always the excitement of discovery, finding those hidden gems that locals know about but tourists often don’t. Then there are the basics to pick up – where are the grocery stores, how does public transport work, where are the good local takeaways?   While the answers to some of these questions depending whereabouts in Solihull you live, here are a few basics to get you started on living in the city.

Travel

No matter how you do it, most people will find themselves commuting into or through the centre of Solihull for work at some point. The city centre is a typical affair for a city of this size and the main ring road is known as Spaghetti Junction – and it merits the name! However, if you do need to travel into the city in your car, there are some 70 car parks and over 24,000 parking spaces so getting parked is quite a sensible affair.

Public transport

For many people, using public transport can be a less stressful option. There is New Street station which is the central railway station with routes connecting into it from around the suburbs. There is also a metro network that links to places such as Worcester and Stratford. National Express is in charge of buses in the city centre and there are a few 24 hour services for those late night finishes.

Schooling

Solihull is a big centre for further education with five universities located within seven miles of the city centre. Colleges combined there are over 65,000 higher education places in the city so it is a great place to move if you have kids approaching college age. The state schools include a wealth of primary schools and academies, many with a good rating from Ofsted.

Social life

Solihull is the second city of the UK but in terms of things to do, places to eat and drink and the social life, it is almost on par with London. The Balti Triangle is one place for Indian food while the curry mile is a street filled with exotic cuisines to try something different every night. The Jewellery Quarter may be known for its quality creations but there are also some really interesting bars in the area and cocktail bars have appeared all over the place.

The NEC is just outside the city and is one of the top conference and event venues in the UK. There is also the LG Arena which has recently hosted international stars such as Lady Gaga and Ed Sheeran. Clubs are dotted around the city centre offering something for all musical tastes.

Things to do

If you want things to do with the kids or just like something different, then there are plenty of attractions for you to explore. Cadbury World is one of the tastiest – all about the world famous chocolate maker, it is filled with everything from rides to chocolate making demonstrations.   There is also the Solihull Museum and Art Gallery, the Waterhall Gallery of Modern Art and the Ikon Gallery, home to the best of modern British art.

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