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Black Country Geopark

The Black Country is a unique place with a large range of visitor attractions, from art to culture, history to countryside, nature to sport and canals to shops and entertainment. The Black Country offers easy access by rail, road, canal or air.

Things to do

The Black Country is an all-year round destination that has has plenty to see and do whatever the weather, and hosts special events and festivals throughout the summer months. Its a vibrant place where you can explore a wide range of heritage and culture or just enjoy the Black Country hospitality.

You can take a family friendly canal boat trip into mysterious underground labyrinth of the incredible limestone limestone mines under Dudley Castle Hill or be amazed at the skills of modern glass makers and watch glassblowing demonstrations in the Stourbridge Glass Quarter.

You can explore unique wild spaces and the heritage farmland of Sandwell Valley Country Park comprising 2000 acres of lakes, woodland and farms with hidden pools, wildlife refuges and the remains of an old Benedictine monastery. Enjoy quirky traditional Black Country hospitality at places like Mad O’Rourkes Pie Factory in Tipton (a world famous pub that invented the huge ‘Desperate Dan’s Cow Pie’) many great pubs offers lovely food, real ale and atmosphere.

If arts are your passion, then our art galleries offer an inspirational insight into the artistic traditions of the Black Country and the global arts movements. The New Art Gallery in Walsall features an internationally renowned Garman Ryan collection, included works by Jacob Epstein, Modigliani, Monet, Rembrandt, Constable, Van Gogh and Picasso. Walsall Leather Museum is the world’s capital of saddle making. The Leather Museum tells the fascinating story of this trade, in a superb Victorian factory with tours and demonstrations.

Historic Houses and Gardens offer all year round history experiences such as Whitwick Manor, Bantock House and Northcote Farm in Wolverhampton. Live music and theatre are catered for in our theatres, halls and clubs. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is a Grade ll listed Victorian theatre presenting touring productions of musicals, drama, dance, opera, family shows, concerts and pantomimes.


Places to stay

The Black Country has a wide hospitality and accommodation offer to suit most tastes and pockets. Below is a list of a selection of hotels, bed and breakfasts and guesthouses.


Premier Inn - Dudley
+ 44 (0)871 527 9420

Village Hotel & Club Dudley
+ 44 (0)1384 888830

The Copthorne Hotel - Merry Hill
+ 44 (0)1384 482882

Premier Inn - Walsall
+ 44 (0) 871 527 9374

Park Inn - Walsall
+ 44 (0)1922 639100

Premier Inn - West Bromwich Central
+ 44 (0) 871 527 9150

Park Inn - West Bromwich
+ 44 (0) 121 609 9988

Premier Inn - West Bromwich
+ 44 (0) 871 527 9148

Premier Inn - Wolverhampton City Centre
+ 44 (0) 871 527 9186

+ 44 (0)1902 871100

Ely House Hotel
+ 44 (0)1902 311311

Travelodge Dudley Town Centre
+ 44 (0) 0871 9846517
Travelodge Dudley Town Centre