Walsall is a quaint industrial town in the West Midlands of England, just about 10 miles (16 km) north of Birmingham. Since its founding in 1002, Walsall has been steadily growing into the densely populated city it is today. Frequently visited by Queen Elizabeth I and Mary I - who founded a Grammar School, Walsall has a rich history just waiting to be discovered - by you. Read on to learn about the best things to do in the area!
1. Leather Museum
Did you know that Walsall is the capital of leather goods in England? The Walsall Leather Museum details the history of leather in the country and also shows you how leather is handcrafted into items like purses and wallets. The museum has been making some of the finest leather goods in the world for about two hundred years, making this museum feel more like a workshop for its visitors. In addition to the live leather fashioning, you can walk around and see the displays of famous leather goods, including saddles made for the Royal family. The museum also offers guided tours to teach you more about the history of leather.
Address: Littleton Street West, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 8EW, England
Hours: November - March: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm; April - October: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm
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2. Walsall Arboretum
The Arboretum, a Victorian public park, is found near the town centre of Walsall. It is one of the oldest parks in the borough but expands over 170 acres (69 hectares) and two limestone quarries. The park is a wonderful way to spend the day, with so many activities and things to do you won’t want to leave. You can feed the ducks in the pond, children can enjoy a hot summer day in the water park, picnic near the cafe and more. The park often hosts events for families as well, so there’s never a dull moment.
Address: Lichfield Street, Walsall WS4 2BU, England
Facebook: Walsall Arboretum
3. Grosvenor Casinos
Vegas isn’t the only place you can go to turn that hundred into a million. The Grosvenor Casinos is the largest casino brand in the UK. You can find hundreds of games like poker, blackjack, roulette, table games, and slot machines! If gambling isn’t your scene, you can people watch in one of the great restaurants, bars, or entertainment lounges.
Address: Bentley Mill Way, Walsall, WS2 0LE, UK
Website: Grosvenor Casino
4. Aston Manor Road Transport Museum
The Aston Manor Road Transport Museum (also known as the Aldridge Transport Museum) shows its visitors the history of road transport in all of the West Midlands. You can see a wide range of vehicles ranging from buses to cars to transport memorabilia, even the iconic double decker red buses you know you love.
Aston Manor Road Transport Museum
Address: Shenstone Drive, Northgate, Aldridge, Walsall, WS9 8TP, UK
Hours: Tuesday: Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am - 4 pm
Website: Aston Manor Road Transport Museum
5. Bescot Stadium
Bescot Stadium also known as Banks’s Stadium is home of the Walsall Football Club. With football (or soccer) such a popular sport in the UK, catching a game at the stadium is definitely an experience you don’t want to miss. It’s a great environment for individuals, friends, and family alike and sure to be a fun evening.
Address: Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA, UK
Website: Bescot Stadium
6. New Art Gallery
The New Art Gallery is found in the heart of downtown Walsall and is definitely a world class gallery where visitors can spend a couple of hours or the entire day. The renowned Garman Ryan Collection can be found on the first two floors while you can find international collections on the third and fourth floors. However, art isn’t only found in the gallery - the building itself is an architectural wonder as well. If you need to take a break from all the phenomenal art you can take in the view of the city on the Roof Terrace or grab a bite to eat in the Costa Cafe.
The New Art Gallery
Address: Gallery Square, Walsall, WS2 8LG, UK
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday, 12 pm - 4 pm
Website: The New Art Gallery
7. Ace Karting Plus
Ace Karting Plus is a great place to just take a break from everything and have a fun time indoor go-karting. There is a 360 meter (1,181 ft) fast track, plenty of drinks and snacks, a place to watch from (if the race track isn’t for you), and a fun environment for groups and families!
Ace Karting Plus
Address: 135 Bloxwich Rd, Walsall WS2 8BS, UK
Hours: Monday - Friday, 4 pm - 9 pm; Saturday - Sunday, 10 am - 10 pm
Website: Ace Karting Plus
8. Tividale Tirupathy Balaji Temple
The Tividale Tirupathy Balaji Temple is a Hindu temple created as a sanctuary for prayer and meditation. This temple was inspired by the Thirupathi Temple in Andhra Pradesh in South India. The temple was constructed in typical Hindu-style architecture. The temple reflects South Indian Dravidian styles with granite carved towers and traditional stone carvings. While the temple was first built as a place of worship, it has evolved to a community center to teach visitors about Indian culture. It’s a beautiful place to visit and admire.
Tividale Tirupathy Balaji Temple
Address: Dudly Road East, Tividale, West Midlands B69 3DU, UK
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 1 pm & 4 pm - 9 pm; Saturday - Sunday, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm & 4 pm - 9 pm
Website: Tividale Tirupathy Balaji Temple
9. The Locksmith's House
The Walsall Lock Museum is a recreation of the Hodson’s family workshop dating back to the early 20th-century. It features the belongings and furniture of the Hodsons and their actual workshop, all with a working forge and machinery. The helpful guides - all in costumes appropriate to the era - are scattered around to show you around the house and engage you in hands-on activities like rag rug making. Admission to the Locksmith’s House also gives you admission to other museums in the Black Country Living Museum Collection.
The Locksmith's House
Address: Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ, UK
Hours: March - October, 10 am - 5 pm; November - December, 10 am - 4 pm
Website: The Locksmith’s House
10. Willenhall Memorial Park
Willenhall Memorial Park is a beautiful park for anyone to visit. The park was created in the 1920s in memory of all of those lost in World War I. The park features a gorgeous woodland area, bandstand, bowling green, children’s play area, fishing pool, and community pavilion. The park also has a skate park, game area, and concert series. This is the perfect place to relax at the end of a long day of exploring, and is sure to be a hit with all ages.
Willenhall Memorial Park
Address: Pinson Road, Willenhall, Walsall WV13 2PW, UK
Website: Willenhall Memorial Park
What are you waiting for?
The sprawling gardens and rich history of Walsall are calling your name. With attractions for all ages, Walsall is appealing to everyone. It’s just a short drive from Birmingham, so you have no excuses not to visit this beautiful city!
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