Moving to Solihull? See our top 10 places to visit in Solihull
Solihull is often seen as the second city of the UK after London and offers a great combination of history, culture, shopping and outdoor areas. This means when you are moving to Solihull there are a wealth of things to see and do once you are settled. Here we look at 10 to get you started exploring your new home.
If you love chocolate (and so many of us do!) then a visit to Cadbury World is near the top of the list for anyone moving to Brum. The attraction is made up from 14 different zones including 4D cinema experience with motion seats, a Crunchie rollercoaster as well as plenty of tasting opportunities and learning experiences.
The Solihull Museum and Art Gallery includes the best collection of Pre-Raphaelite art anywhere in the world and also the famous Staffordshire Hoard, the biggest find of Anglo-Saxon gold. There is something for all ages including a real Egyptian mummy through to items from more recent times and a local history section.
Winterbourne House dates from the Edwardian times and is a fine example of the Arts & Crafts movement. It also sits in seven acres of gardens that house over 6,000 species of plants brought from around the world. There is even a genuine Japanese bridge dating from the 1930s.
Coffin Works will totally appeal to teenagers with their morbid streak and is a Victorian coffin fittings factory that has been restored to an attraction filled with authentic stock and tools. It even contains some of the finest coffins ever made and has produced coffins for Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter celebrates the famous area of the city that has been making fine jewellery for over 200 years. It has been the heart of the British jewellery industry and still is one of the top areas for buying fine jewellery.
National Motorcycle Museum
Just outside the city in Solihull is the National Motorcycle Museum, a huge hit with the boys and girls who love motorbikes. It contains hundreds of bikes from different eras spread around the centre which is close to the NEC.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses
The Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses are located in the Edgbaston area of the city and covers some 15 acres, with the original plan being created back in 1832 by JC Loudon. It offers the chance to see a huge collection of plants from around the world and changes seasonally.
Sutton Park is a massive 2000 acres site some six miles out from the city centre and features a wide range of habitats and wildlife including lakes, woodlands and wetlands. It is a great place for bird watching as well as seeing the wild ponies that live there.
National Sealife Solihull
The National Sealife Centre is one of the top attractions in the city and boasts giant sharks, stingrays, turtles and much more spread across the site. It is popular for the talks and feeding sessions that is a great way to understand some of the strangest creatures on the planet a little better.
Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park is in the Moseley area of the city and is a great place to take the kids. It offers everything from feeding the ducks to zip wires and crazy golf. Plus, there are plenty of places to go for a walk and enjoy being close to nature.