If you’re interested in finding the most picturesque Solihull tourist attractions and sights then you’ve come to the right place. The town has a range of historic buildings and parks for you to explore. And, as if it needs any introduction, there’s always the nearby Genting Arena.
Elmdon Parish Church, also known as St. Nicholas’ Church, is a medieval church that was rebuilt in the 18th century. There has been a place of worship on the site since 1297. It’s a delightful piece of parkland that’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Right in the middle of town, the Solihull Manor House is the oldest building in Solihull. The iconic Tudor building can be found on the High Street and was built towards the end of the 15th century. Although, despite its name, the Lord of the Manor has never lived there.
St. Alphege Church is a parish church in Solihull. The building dates back to the 13th century and is known for its spire that rises more than 50 metres into the sky. For a parish church, it’s particularly elegant. And considering that it sits at the east end of the High Street, you don’t have to go out of your way to have a look.
A little over fifteen minutes away, Packwood House is a National Trust property that is particularly popular with guests coming to visit Solihull. It’s a timber-framed Tudor manor house that’s been delightfully renovated and restored and is surrounded by a famous yew garden with over 100 yew trees. There’s also an interesting kitchen garden, an orchard, wildflower meadows and more. If you’re staying in our Solihull (Hockley Heath, M42) hotel, Packwood House is only a six-minute drive away.
Tudor Grange Park is Solihull’s most popular park. It’s well within walking distance, right next to the town centre and close to the train station. It’s where Solihull’s annual carnival takes place, and also has its own skate park, water features, including a lake and a one-kilometre figure-of-eight cycle track that was a joint venture between Solihull Cycling Club and British Cycling. That’s not all though. Tudor Grange also has an 18-hole pitch and putt course, a great children’s playground and an outdoor gym.
Malvern and Brueton Park is 130 acres of parkland and lakes and is actually two parks in one. The Malvern section is a typical town centre park, conveniently located and with lovely flower beds, a children’s playground and commemorative statues. The Brueton section, on the other hand, is where you can see a wonderful array of wildlife across its woodland and lake habitats. It’s also home to the Parkridge Centre. Owned by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, its aim is to educate people about wildlife, the environment and the importance of conservation.
Similarly, Elmdon Park is a great place to see wildlife, particularly birds such as goldcrests and warblers. If you’re lucky, you might even spy a kingfisher patrolling the waterways. It was purchased by the council after Elmdon Hall became derelict following its use as a base for the Home Guard during World War II. The park has some of the best views in the area and is certainly worth a visit.
If you’re staying at our Solihull (Shirley) hotel and you’re wondering about the green space on your doorstep, that’s Shirley Park. It has Green Flag status and recently more than half a million pounds’ worth of improvements were made. You’ll see that it now has a football pitch, ornamental gardens, a rugby pitch, skatepark, refurbished tennis court, an outdoor gym and a great playground.
One more place that deserves a mention is Sheldon Country Park. It’s a little further away, bordering Birmingham International Airport, but that’s one of its main attractions, as there’s a viewing area where you can watch the planes coming into land. What’s more, it also has a fully working 17th century farm on-site and 300 acres of beautiful countryside to take in.
Genting Arena hosts some of the biggest names in the entertainment business. It’s purpose built for music, comedy, sport and family events next to Birmingham airport.
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.
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