Things to do in Solihull

Solihull is often voted one of the very best places to live in the UK, which of course makes it a great place to explore if you’re staying in one of our Solihull hotels. Our local guide is here to help you make the most of what the town has to offer. For starters, it has one of the best food scenes in the region, so we’ll show you the restaurants where you’ll have a meal to remember. We’ll also delve into all of the exciting activities and attractions, including the nearby Genting Arena, the excellent Touchwood shopping centre, museums, parks, cocktail bars and much, much more.


Shopping

Touchwood is one of the best shopping centres in the country, with popular retail names like John Lewis, Zara and Hollister. Between there and Mell Square, you can take your pick from a huge range of designer brands and high street retailers.

Attractions

The Genting Arena tops our list of Solihull’s attractions. Having hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment, it’s not hard to see why. Our guide also gives you an introduction to the area’s beautiful parks, some delightful churches and Packwood House.


Culture

Solihull is known for the NEC and nearby National Motorcycle Museum, but there are some other cultural attractions that aren't to be missed, including its spectacular annual carnival in Tudor Grange Park.

Entertainment

Learn about The Core, Solihull’s one-size-fits-all entertainment venue that hosts drama, comedy, dance and music most nights of the week. Plus, learn more about the town’s alternative sporting options too.

Activities

Golf centres, Baroque gardens, birdwatching hotspots, ice skating, climbing walls, the largest casino in the UK, state-of-the-art cinemas and one of the most interesting manor houses in the country; Solihull’s activities don’t disappoint.


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Places to eat

During the daytime, you can take your pick of some top-class tearooms and a German café that does the best schnitzel outside of Deutschland. In the evenings, you can choose from the best Italian restaurants in England, gastropubs galore and the area’s only Michelin-starred establishment.

Nightlife

You’re never far from a decent pub in Solihull to wet your whistle. Beyond the top locals, our guide also shows you where to go for a cocktail in the town centre, as well as some of the bars and clubs that offer late-night dancing and some bargain drinks deals.


Touchwood Solihull

If you fancy indulging in a spot of shopping while in Solihull, Touchwood is the place to be. Open seven days a week, this £110 million retail hub has a huge array of different stores and dining options, meaning that no matter what you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it right here.

Genting Arena

Opened by the Queen in 1980, the Genting Arena is a real gem in Solihull’s entertainment scene. With a whopping capacity of 16,000, it has welcomed big-name comedy and music acts, including David Bowie, Adele and Peter Kay.


National Motorcycle Musuem

Arguably the biggest and best of its kind in the UK, the National Motorcycle Museum is a must-visit for motorbike fans. The eight-acre site has gone from strength to strength, now boasting five display halls with more than 1,000 exquisite machines.

Getting around

Solihull’s excellent transport links make getting to and from the town easy. It doesn’t matter which corner of the UK you’re travelling from, our guide is here to help you with information about airport transfers, nearby motorways and the local train station.


Our Solihull map

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Looking for a hotel in Solihull?

Our Solihull hotels are all ideally located for visits to the Genting Arena and The National Exhibition Centre. You can also combine your stay with a trip to Brueton Park and make the most of some of Solihull's popular pubs and restaurants.