Bromsgrove is a historic, pleasant town with very friendly people. It is in the county of Worcestershire and is in close proximity to Birmingham, Worcester, Droitwich Spa and Stratford Upon Avon.
There are many places of interest in Bromsgrove and its close surroundings as well as a range of places to stay, eat out and generally have a good time. In Bromsgrove you can pamper yourself, eat well, get fit, relax, learn something new or connect with nature. In the run up to Halloween, Guy Fawkes night and Christmas Bromsgrove has many excellent events, functions and gift ideas.
Introducing Bromsgrove and things to do
Bromsgrove's town centre has a market town feel about it. The High Street is pedestrianised and has a range of shops, restaurants and pubs. There is also the Dolphin Leisure Centre with its two swimming pools and the library is nearby. Further down the High Street on and near the Worcester Road there is a wide collection of good restaurants including known chains like Pizza Express & Prezzo and very popular privately owned eateries like the Maekong Thai.
On the High Street you will see a statue to AE Housman, the scholar and poet who was born in Bromsgrove in the 1850s. AE Housman attended Bromsgrove School - an independent school with a history dating back to 1533. Across the town you will also see many references to nail making which put Bromsgrove on the industrial map in the 17th Century.
Bromsgrove's historic connection to the Birmingham-Worcester canal has created an excellent outdoor leisure space on the town's doorstep and the stunning Tardebigge flight of 27 or so locks over a 2.5 mile distance is not only a challenge for the boaters but also the joggers, walkers and cyclist who enjoy the beautiful, wildlife-filled setting. The view from Tardebigge Church across Bromsgrove and towards the Malvern Hills is magnificent. Below you will see the canal meander its way to Droitwich Spa and on to Worcester. You will also see people fishing in the canal, enjoying a more leisurely pastime.
The Lickey Hills Country Park has walks, play areas and refreshments. From the top there are fantastic panoramic views across the area. There are also the Clent Hills.
Sanders Park is the municipal park in Bromsgrove. It has open spaces and an excellent play area and tennis courts.
For rare film, live performances and the performing arts in Bromsgrove there is Artrix.
The Avoncroft Museum is an open air museum with a collection of historical buildings. It is frequently brought to life by live displays of Roman soldiers, Vikings and other period re-enactments. It also contains a collection of Telephone Boxes and Kiosks representing a time line of historical phone box designs.
A few miles further out from the Avoncroft Museum there is the Jinney Ring Craft Centre, Hanbury Church and the National Trust's Hanbury Hall. The Jinney Ring is a free attraction, again with gorgeous views and an excellent place to find that special Christmas gift. It contains a collection of craft businesses from violin making to pottery, glass blowing to art. There is also a plant and flower outlet and handmade chocolates as well as a popular restaurant where you can eat indoors or outside. On the green there is a duck pond and a collection of birds of prey with formal aerial displays.
For one of the best rural views in the country visit Hanbury Church.
Hanbury Hall, near Bromsgrove is an excellent example of what is the best about the National Trust. An exquisite stately home, fine gardens and big open spaces. As always there are the restaurants, the shop and childrens' play area.
Webbs of Wychbold, near Bromsgrove is a garden centre which has grown rapidly in recent years and its mix of traditional garden offerings next to a large shop, deli, kitchenware outlet, coffee shop and restaurant make it a place for visitors all year round.
Around Bromsgrove there are a number of golf courses. The Bromsgrove Golf Centre is very close to the town centre with a strong member base but also pay and play, driving range, dining and conference facilities.
Where to stay in Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove has its fair share of places to stay from guest houses, B&Bs to familiar names like Premier Inn, Travelodge, Hilton and Holiday Inn. For something luxurious there is Grafton Manor.
Bromsgrove is centrally located within England and it is possible to access a lot of destinations, easily from the town. This is mainly due to Bromsgrove's position on the M42 and M5 motorways as well as its rail links. Birmingham International Airport and the NEC are only 20 or so miles away.
Bromsgrove is a great base for exploring the Midlands. There's the City of Birmingham with its shops including the Mailbox and Bull Ring, the Jewellery Quarter, Symphony Hall, theatres and cinemas. Not forgetting the NIA, Sea Life and the Think Tank science museum. Catch a train from Bromsgrove Station and be in the middle of Birmingham in about 25 minutes.
By car you can drive from Bromsgrove to Cadbury World, Edgbaston cricket stadium and in different directions there's the RSC and Shakespeare's Stratford and the Black Country Museum.
Written by David Williams. Text and any images featured are the Copyright of David Williams.
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