Life in Stourbridge
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The name ‘Stourbridge’ refers to an ancient bridge built over the River Stour in 950 AD, creating a crossing that developed so successfully as a trading point that by 1430 the town was able to open its first school on what has developed to become King Edward VI College, the most prestigious educational college in the region.
Stourbridge is a historic market town with a population of around 57,000, making it a peaceful and friendly environment. With close proximity to the city of Birmingham as well as the English countryside, it is an ideal home for first-time visitors to the UK.
The town has excellent transport links with Birmingham (15 miles),Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare (37 miles), London (128 miles) and Manchester (87 miles) via a number of bus, train and coach services.
Birmingham International Airport is situated approximately 40 minutes away by train or car.
Stourbridge offers a number of fine pubs, but for the full clubbing experience, head down to Birmingham (30 minutes via train) where you’ll find a vast array of cocktail bars, nightclubs and much more.
Merry Hill, one of the top indoor shopping centres in the Midlands and the 4th largest in the UK, is located just 15 minutes away by bus. Peruse over 220 stores or visit the food hall (over 12 different places to eat) and other restaurants located close by.
The main Stourbridge town centre is made up of a number of shopping areas (High Street, Ryemarket, Crown Centre, and Victoria Passage) and features known retailers as well as a large number of independent specialist shops, showcasing Stourbridge’s unique character. See shops by category
There are a number of reputable pubs located on the Stourbridge High street and its surrounding areas such as the Duke, Mitre Inn and Wetherspoons.
Merry hill food hall and nearby restaurants are also located a short distance away.
Check out the Great Food Guide for more information.
Living in Stourbridge will give you the opportunity to participate in various sports, from football to rugby to cricket to tennis. Click here for more information on sporting clubs
Live music & events
Stourbridge and its surrounding regions host a regular assortment of live concerts for music of all genres. See what’s on
Cinema and Theatre
Residing at the Merry Hill retail park is the 10 screen ODEON cinema, showing all of the latest movies to hit the big screen.
The Stourbridge Theatre Company is a local amateur theatre group, putting on small productions in the area.
For larger scale productions, take a trip to the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (11 miles), one of the country’s leading regional theatres.
The Black Country Living Museum, an open-air museum of rebuilt historic buildings is located 15 minutes away in the Dudley area. Here you can see re-assembled buildings such as an authentic chemist shop, old style bakery and local pub. Other attractions include rides and a canal boat trip.
The Red House Glass Cone (a 90 foot brick structure used for the manufacture of glass in the 18th century) is a sight to see in the Wordsley area of Stourbridge.
It is one of only four cones left standing in the UK and when visiting the cone, you can enjoy glass blowing demonstrations, a cafe, shops, crafts and other exhibits.