Famed for its pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution, Dudley is a town of rich heritage in the Black Country area of the West Midlands. Its boom, caused by the iron, coal and limestone industries it dominated, has in recent decades been matched by a gradual decline. However, don’t let that convince you that Dudley has nothing to offer its visitors. With an ancient castle ruin that’s now home to a zoo, a modern shopping complex, one of the UK’s best open-air museums, some peaceful country parks and lots of great restaurants, cafes and pubs. There’s more than meets the eye here, and our hotels in Dudley are positioned ideally for you to explore everything the town has to offer. So, as the locals would say, ‘wier am yow?’ (where are you?)
Things to do in Dudley
Places to eat
Diverse and delicious in equal measure, Dudley's food scene caters for everyone. Classic British gastropubs, a ‘mad’ pie shop, one of the best Indian restaurants for miles and a brilliant bunch of cafes. And that’s not all! Read on for our pick of the best places to dine out in Dudley.
The best shopping in the area can be found at Merry Hill in nearby Brierley Hill. With over 250 shops in the indoor centre, an outdoor retail park, an ODEON cinema and ten-thousand parking spaces, you can easily spend the best part of a day on a shopping spree here. Luckily, if you do, there’s plenty of food and drink outlets to refuel at. Beyond that, your next best option is the High Street where you’ll find chain retailers like Argos, Boots and Wilko.
Getting to and from Dudley is easy whichever way you choose to travel. The town is easily accessed by car as it’s just a short distance away from Junction 10 of the M6. If you’re using public transport, the closest station is Dudley Port Train Station in Tipton, which has two platforms that connect the town to Birmingham and beyond via West Midlands Trains. If you’re travelling by coach, you’ll arrive at Dudley Bus Station on Birmingham Street. Finally, if you happen to be arriving by air, the nearest airport is Birmingham Airport, around a 45-minute car journey away from Dudley. You can make your journey easier by stopping off at our Birmingham NEC/Airport hotel.