Think of Dudley and images of the Industrial Revolution and heavy industry come to mind; cobblestones, foundries, factory chimneys, and Peaky Blinders.
But did you know that this part of the Black Country has a green heart with around 15% of publicly accessible green space with an additional 16 miles of navigable canals ideal for
walking, cycling and fishing? We’ve two nationally recognised National Nature Reserves in Wren’s Nest and Saltwells as well as seven local nature reserves. And we’re part of the UNESCO recognised Black Country Global Geopark, recognised for our unique geological features and landscapes.
While our residents and visitors can enjoy our green spaces, our industrial past is still very much part of our everyday business with a host of history and heritage themed attractions.
Our famed Glass Quarter, home to glassmaking for over 400 years houses
the 100ft tall Red House Glass Cone. Now a heritage attraction it features artisan craft studios, exhibitions,coffee house and a retail shop with free admission and free car parking.
Directly over the road is the Stourbridge Glass Museum home to the
globally significant Stourbridge Glass Collection, complemented by
engaging interactive digital displays. The museum runs a busy events programme, featuring talks and exhibitions on the topic of glassmaking and much more.
A short walk down the canal takes you to the Ruskin Glass Centre, home to past greats of the glass industry. Learn about the history of glass making in the area. Artisans operate independent craft studios and there is an organic café.
The Lace Guild situated in the heart of the Glass Quarter, houses a large collection of lace items and artefacts depicting the fascinating history
of this heritage craft.
The historic Himley Hall & Park with its Capability Brown landscaped gardens complete with a boating lake, woodland and streams provides
scope for walks, picnics and indulgent afternoon teas in the hall itself.
The hall and grounds are host to events, activities and walks throughout
Back in central Dudley, you can find Dudley Zoo and Castle, home to
hundreds of exotic and endangered animals. As well as the wildlife,
you can explore the 11th-century motte and bailey castle.
Neighbouring the Zoo is the Black Country Living Museum where you can experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the Black Country as
you explore shops, houses and industrial workshops rebuilt in the canal-side village.
Just next door you can discover the art of legging inside the fantastic
Dudley Canal & Limestone Mines and experience an underground
45-minute skipper guided tour.
And you can always take in a show at one of our borough halls after
a day’s shopping in one of our busy town centres or the Merry Hill
Visit www.discover.dudley.gov.uk to find out more.