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That remarkable little Worcestershire Town - looking over a true English scene - Household Words, Charles Dickens 1850

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25 miles North of Redditch takes you as far as the historic town of Lichfield, with its 12th Century cathedral with three spires and includes the whole of the major conurbation of Birmingham and the Black Country.

Birmingham, the second largest city in the country, is today a major national international commercial centre, but, during the industrial revolution was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution which saw the town named as "the first  manufacturing town in the world".  

The city has major venues for entertainment, the arts, heritage and ‘shopping’. These include  Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall, numerous  theatres,  the new Library of Birmingham, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, a spectacular range of  city centre shopping locations and the massive ‘out of town’ Merry Hill shopping complex.

In the heart of Bournville is Selly Manor Museum with close by Cadbury World and Wyevale Garden Centre.

Visit Birmingham has a number of downloadable maps and guides for the area.

For those interested in history, within easy reach are the Black Country Living Museum (with nearby Dudley Zoo), Ironbridge Gorge Museums, and the National Trust properties Birmingham Back to Backs and Wightwick Manor and Gardens.

Within this area are numerous parks and open spaces including the Clent Hills,  the Lickey Hills Country Park, Sutton Park, and the famous Cannon Hill Park.

This area also includes  Wolverhampton, with its theatres, galleries, parks and shopping and Stourbridge, famous for its glassware.

The north of Redditch is rich in industrial heritage and the Black Country was, during the industrial revolution, one of the most industrialised areas of the country.

The pollution and industrial waste of that time has long gone, but there remains in the museums and buildings a reminder of that rich heritage.


The Google map above gives the area to the North of the town and the locations mentioned in the text are identified with a marker. If you pass your curser over the marker it’s name will appear. You can zoom in and out of the map to see the exact location and to pan around the map. The Google Street View facility is also active, simply drag the yellow ‘man’ to the location to see the ‘street view’.