Things to do in Dudley

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?)

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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.

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Nightlife

Head into the bright lights of Birmingham for swanky cocktail bars and nightclubs, or stay local and explore the best pubs in Dudley with some traditional Black Country watering holes serving up locally-brewed beers and food.

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Activities

Express your inner Shelby at the home of the Peaky Blinders, explore nature reserves in former mining areas, witness some of the rarest animals in the world or head to the cinema or bowling alley. Dudley’s got something for everyone, rain or shine.

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Entertainment

There’s lots to keep you entertained in and around Dudley, from top-flight football in the Black Country to theatre, music and comedy shows at a variety of venues in the town.

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Shopping

The best shopping in the area can be found at intu 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.

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Getting Around

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.

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Dudley shopping

Dudley shopping

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Getting around Dudley

Getting around Dudley

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