Stourbridge Area Guide
Why move to Stourbridge
Stourbridge is one of the most desirable residential areas in Birmingham, as it is steeped in history and culture. It’s located on the fringes of the green belt, between the countryside and urban conurbation, which gives residents the best of both worlds. Stourbridge is home to numerous technology, businesses, precision engineering firms and many independent boutiques and restaurants. Residents also have access to excellent transport links including motorway access directly to Birmingham and other parts of the UK.
A little bit of history about Stourbridge
Stourbridge is historically a known as a medieval market town in Birmingham specialising in glass making. The town was the centre for British glassmaking during the industrial revolution. Stourbridge was first listed in 1255 as part of Worcestershire, but in 1974, Stourbridge was amalgamated into the Borough of Dudley and became part of the wider West Midlands County.
Architecture and Property
Stourbridge is home to some of the most expensive properties in the West Midlands. Quarry Park Road is a well-known road in the area, and has numerously been named as the most expensive road to live on in the West Midlands. Property prices on the road reach up to a staggering £1.3 million! In other parts of the quaint town, you can find Victorian terraced houses, which line the streets with history.
Shopping and Amenities
Stourbridge High Street is a must for visitors to the area! There are over 40 independent boutiques and specialist shops on offer, including many vintage shops where fashionistas can browse for hidden gems. If this wasn’t enough, locals can take a short trip on the bus to Merry Hill shopping centre. The shopping centre is packed with all the shops you can think of including Next, River Island, HMV, Primark and many more.
There is an assortment of gyms and specialist fitness studios to choose from, offering from boxing to yoga.
Stourbridge has a bustling food scene, with an exceptional range of restaurants, bars, pubs and stylish artisan cafes. This reflects on the nightlife, leaving locals and visitors with plenty of options to choose from. Stourbridge is famous for its pub scene, which line the lively high street of the town and are frequently visited by the locals.
There is no shortage of green space in Stourbridge, as the town is on the edge of greenbelt land. The attractive area is home to Mary Stevens Park, which attracts up to 1.2 million visitors a year! The park has many architectural features including the war memorial, which is also Grade II listed.
Visitors can also take advantage of the sports and exercise facilities including tennis courts, multi-use games area, Crown green bowls and croquet, an outdoor gym, Healthy Hub Activity Centre, as well as a children’s playground and water play feature.
Stourbridge has some of the best private and public schools in the West Midlands. They have an average of 95% C grade and above.
Stourbridge has some of the very best private and public schools in the West Midlands. Families are able to benefit from local schooling including, Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School, Redhill School, Pedmore High School, Amblecote Primary School, Ridgewood High School, The Wordsley School and also boasts boarding school Old Swinford Hospital. Ofsted predominantly rates the schools in the area Good or Outstanding.
Stourbridge benefits from Stourbridge Junction train station, where a train will take you directly to Birmingham City Centre in around 15-20 minutes. Residents can also take advantage of the interchange bus routes, which go throughout the Midlands. For those who drive and commute to work can benefit from the M25 and M1 motorway, which offers UK wide access from Stourbridge.