The Birmingham area has a variety of small towns & villages with great restaurants, shopping, recreational activities, cultural attractions and properties for sale & rent. Visit these towns and enjoy a wide range of architecture, museums, arts, entertainment districts and more.
From north to south, Birmingham is a photographer’s dream. Not only do they have lovely cities such as Aston to capture on film, but also many picturesque areas finds to charming mountain towns and rural villages. We take a look at some of the best towns waiting to be explored throughout Birmingham.
Villages to consider near Birmingham
Want to escape from the city, but can’t spare more than a day or two? Here are some towns where you can get back to old-school country values for a few hours, yet be back in your Birmingham pad by nightfall.
Acocks Green is an area and ward of south Birmingham, England. It is named after the Acock family, who built a large house there in 1370. Acocks Green is one of four wards making up Yardley formal district. Stockfield was once a separate village located in the north of the ward. It merged with Acocks after housing developments during the 20th century.
The ward now covers an area 4.773 square kilometres, including the Edenbridge Road Estate, Gospel Estate, Pemberley Road Flats, Stockfield Estate, part of the Tyseley Estate and the Yarnfield Estate. The ward covers parts of the B27 and B11 postcode areas.
Bartley Green is a residential suburban area and electoral ward to the south west of Birmingham City Centre. The ward is part of the Birmingham Edgbaston constituency and is represented in parliament by Labour Co-operative MP Preet Gill. Located to the east is the Weoley ward, to the south is Frankley and to the west is the county of Worcestershire. To the north is Quinton and Woodgate Valley Country Park.
Bearwood is the southern part of Smethwick, Sandwell, West Midlands and north of the A456 Hagley Road. Bearwood Hill was the original name of the High Street from Smethwick Council House to Windmill Lane. The border at the Shireland Brook where Portland Road (Edgbaston) becomes Shireland Road (Sandwell) is signed “Bearwood”. The village is included in Abbey Ward in Sandwell Metropolitan Borough. In 1903, Bearwood Ward in Smethwick extended from Hagley Road to Smethwick High Street and included part of Cape Hill.
Bournville is a model village on the south side of Birmingham, England, best known for its connections with the Cadbury family and chocolate – including a dark chocolate bar branded Bournville. It is also a ward within the council constituency of Selly Oak and home to the Bournville Centre for Visual Arts. Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 2003 found that it was “one of the nicest places to live in Britain”.
Edgbaston is an affluent suburban area of Birmingham, curved around the southwest of the city centre. It is bordered by Moseley to the south-east and by Smethwick and Winson Green to the north-west. In the 19th century, the area was under the control of the Gough-Calthorpe family and the Gillott family who refused to allow factories or warehouses to be built in Edgbaston, thus making it attractive for the wealthier residents of the city.
Thus it was known as “where the trees begin”. Edgbaston is home to Edgbaston Cricket Ground, a Test match venue, the University of Birmingham, established as Birmingham Medical School in 1825, eight out of the nine independent schools within the city, Edgbaston Golf Club, one of the most exclusive private members clubs in the Midlands, as well as the Priory Club, which boasts world-class sporting facilities.
The area is also home to a Michelin star restaurant, Simpsons, as well as a host of renowned pubs such as The Highfield, The Physician and the Edgbaston.
Erdington is a suburb of Birmingham that is historically part of Warwickshire. Its postcodes include B23, B24 and B72. It is 5 miles northeast of central Birmingham and borders Sutton Coldfield. It is also a council constituency, managed by its own district committee.
The formal council constituency consists of the ward of Erdington, and Tyburn, Stockland Green and Kingstanding, although all of Kingstanding and most of both Tyburn and Stockland Green wards lie outside the historical boundaries of Erdington.
Stockland Green was formerly part of Aston, Kingstanding part of Perry Barr and Tyburn partially split between Aston and Hodge Hill. Erdington was part of the Sutton Coldfield constituency before 1974.
Great Barr is a large and loosely defined area in north-west Birmingham. The area was historically in Staffordshire, and the parts now in Birmingham were once known as Perry Barr, which is still the name of an adjacent Birmingham district. “Barr” means “hill”, and the name refers to nearby Barr Beacon.
Halesowen is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, in the West Midlands. Historically in Worcestershire, the town is around 9 miles (14 km) from Birmingham city centre, and 6 miles (10 km) from Dudley town centre. The population of the town, as measured by the United Kingdom Census 2011, was 58,135. Halesowen is included in the Halesowen and Rowley Regis constituency which is held by the Conservative James Morris.
Handsworth is now an inner city, urban area of northwest Birmingham in the West Midlands. Handsworth lies just outside the Birmingham City Centre. A growing city centre is driving improvement and development into the area. Smaller wards and management of boundaries in 2018 will redefine this area. Property prices are rising in this area.
Kings Norton, alternatively King’s Norton, is an area of Birmingham. Historically in Worcestershire, it is also a Birmingham City Council ward within the Government of Birmingham, England. The district lies 6.5 miles south-southwest of Birmingham city centre and is within 1.5 miles of the north Worcestershire border.
Kings Norton was the scene of a couple of minor incidents during the English Civil War. In the first of these, a force led by Prince Rupert of the Rhine, numbering some 300, was resting on Kings Norton Green.
We hope you liked the choice of localities around the city of Birmingham. The data entered in this article is inspired by wikipedia.
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