Living in Sandwell and West Birmingham
Birmingham and the borough of Sandwell are great places to live. There are six towns that serve Sandwell, they include West Bromwich, Tipton, Oldbury and Wednesbury. Meanwhile City Hospital, close to Birmingham City Centre, has close links to Bearwood, Harborne and Edgbaston.
Places to Live and Schools
Birmingham and Sandwell offer a huge range of places to live with easy access via road or public transport all serving the Trust sites well. Housing in the area is very affordable and transport links in and around the city and Sandwell are excellent.
There are a number of fantastic schools in the West Midlands as well as excellent colleges and four universities, including the University of Birmingham and Aston University.
Birmingham is a popular city to socialise in, with top chefs opening up restaurants across the centre. There are a varied range of bars too. Meanwhile Sandwell has an excellent range of independently-run restaurants.
Birmingham has a range of theatres, and comedy clubs. Check out www.livebrum.co.uk for listings of events going on around the area.
The city is also home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), and a number of museums including the Art Gallery, and the Thinktank. Musical stars frequently perform at the Genting Arena, whilst at the adjacent National Exhibition Centre (NEC) there are a number of events held.
Birmingham and Sandwell have excellent transport links with the International Airport, major rail routes and easy access to motorways. Trains run direct to London from Birmingham New Street, and Sandwell & Dudley with the fastest route taking just one hour 24 minutes.
The new HS2 rail will decrease these times even more. Birmingham International Airport flies to destinations across the world.
The motorway network provides easy access to the Peak District and the Cotswolds for days out.
There are a huge range of shopping opportunities in Birmingham and Sandwell. In the city centre, Grand Central has recently opened and of course there is also the infamous Bull Ring.
In West Bromwich, the New Square Shopping Centre serves up a range of well-known stores.
Sports and Activities
The West Midlands has a rich variety of sporting activities. Local football clubs include Birmingham City, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton and Walsall. Rugby clubs include Moseley, Coventry and Birmingham and Edgbaston hosts the Warwickshire County Cricket Club.
There are a number of running clubs, athletics clubs, gyms, and plenty of parks and open spaces for more casual activities.
The Black Country Museum, Dudley Zoo, Twycross Zoo, the West Midlands Safari Park, Alton Towers, the Space Centre at Leicester, the Tamworth Snowdome, Warwick Castle, Cadburys World, and many more attractions are within two hours travel from Birmingham and Sandwell. And of course the picturesque Sandwell Valley Country Park, which houses a working farm, and two playgrounds, is just a stone’s throw away from Sandwell Hospital.