If you are someone who wants a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle of city life in Birmingham, there are many incredible villages nearby to visit. Some of these villages are real hidden gems in the West Midlands while others have made it onto national listings for their uniqueness.
They have rustic charm, peaceful days and nights, and quiet cafes to spend time in. Instead of the sound of zooming cars whizzing down streets, you can hear bird song and the rustling of leaves.
So, if you’re looking for a break from city life, here are 10 incredible villages to visit near Birmingham:
1. Hagley in Stourbridge
Hagley village in Stourbridge is on the edge of Birmingham and is a beautiful place to visit. It has the Grade I listed 18th-century house - Hagley Hall, the home of the Lyttelton family. The iconic home is open to the public for tours and teas, and has a lush park great for spending summers in. (Photo - Wikimedia Commons)
2. Clent in Stourbridge
The parish is walking distance from the Clent Hills - which has an architectural landmark. It’s perfect for long walks with the family and to see a view of Birmingham from the top. It’s a small town with just a couple of thousands of people living there. (Photo credit: The National Trust)
3. Hampton in Arden, Solihull
Hampton in Arden is a village and civil parish located in the Forest of Arden in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull. The Forest of Arden has featured in Shakespeare’s plays and the neighbourhood has incredible history behind it.
It is also home to some great restaurants - located inside Hampton Manor. (Photo - Google Streetview)
4. Catherine de Barnes in Solihull
Catherine de Barnes village is close to Hampton in Arden in Solihull. The name is derived from Ketelberne, a 12th century lord. The village was in the manor of Longdon back then and later merged with the manor of Ulverlei to form Solihull. (Photo - Google Streetview)