About Solihull

Solihull High Street

Solihull is a city in the west midlands area of England, just seven miles from Birmingham and four miles from the National Exhibition Centre or NEC and has good air, road and rail links. Solihull is quite a large town with a population of just over 200,000 and one of the most prosperous areas of the west midlands. Solihull has a long history and was granted town status in the middle ages.

  • Birmingham Internation Airport - 4 miles
  • NEC, Birmingham Internation Station - 5 miles
  • Birmingham City Centre - 7 miles
  • Redditch - 11 miles
  • Coventry - 13 miles
  • Warwick - 14 miles
  • Stratford-upon-Avon - 19 miles

Solihull is popular with people who wish to visit Birmingham and the NEC and who are also interested in the sights and facilities that Solihull itself has to offer. Accommodation in Birmingham can be expensive and hard to find, especially when there is a popular exhibition on. Many people find that Solihull is extremely convenient and it offers a wide range of high end and budget hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation. Solihull is not just an adjunct to the NEC and Birmingham; it is a town that has plenty of attractions of its own to offer visitors.

If you are an architecture fan then you will love Solihull and its historic buildings. Visitors enjoy the timber framed houses and shops in Solihull that have existed since Tudor times and the parish church of St. Alphege dates from the early thirteenth century. The church is a grade A listed building with a chantry chapel that was endowed by Sir William de Oddingsell in 1277; the building has a traditionally high spire that can be seen for miles around. You may be surprised to learn that Solihull has no less than eleven local nature reserves as well as a number of public parks so there is plenty of scope for a day in the open. If you like museums then Solihull has plenty to offer, the Solihull Arts Complex is well worth a visit with a local history gallery, a community gallery and a main gallery.

You can go and see a movie at one of Solihull's cinemas or visit one of theatres in the centre of Birmingham to watch a play. There is a wide range of cafes and restaurants in and around Solihull town centre, whether you want a spot of lunch or a romantic dinner for two you are sure to find something you like. When you feel like a night on the town there are plenty of bars to choose from in Solihull, some with live music and a few clubs if you want to dance the night away.

Touchwood Shopping Centre

The completion of the Touchwoods shopping centre has turned Solihull into a shopper's paradise. You will find all the high street nationals such as New Look and Marks and Spencers as well as some great department stores, including a branch of John Lewis. If you need a break from your shopping there are plenty of cafes and coffee shops in and around the centre. You can stop for a while, rest your legs, slake your thirst and get back to the important business of shopping.

"I booked a cheap hotel near Touchwood shopping centre. We had a great stay! "

- Jo Gibbs