Solihull is the home of designer-brand shopping, idyllic rural villages, fine dining, fabulous hotels and home to the National Exhibition Centre and Genting Arena, which hosts an array of spectacular live events.
Birmingham Airport is just 10 minutes away, which handled 10.2million passenger in 2015 and Birmingham International station and Solihull station both provide excellent transport links across the country.
With Solihull being the first station interchange for the proposed HS2 route, along with the exciting inward investment opportunities UK Central offers, both will act as a major draw to the area for job creation, community success and give Solihull 21st century connectivity.
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Combining vibrant activity with relaxing charm, Solihull offers some of the best shopping in the region, amazing live events at the Genting Arena and NEC and rural villages nestled in beautiful countryside.
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Things to do
Solihull is a shoppers’ paradise. In the town centre you will find all of the major designer labels and retail brands here including Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Fabiana Filippi, Armani, Hollister, Superdry, Space NK, Office, Hobbs, John Lewis department store and hundreds of high street favourites within Mell Square and the award winning Touchwood Shopping Centre.
Solihull is also home to a wealth of independent businesses, including specialist retailers and restaurants, adding a unique touch to your visit.
Located next to the Genting Arena on the NEC campus in Solihull is the newly opened, Resorts World Birmingham which is one destination with endless possibilities.
Birmingham Airport is the Midlands’ gateway to the world, only 10 minutes away from Solihull Town Centre and just 1hr 15 minutes away from central London.
Many of Solihull’s rural villages sit alongside the Stratford upon Avon canal, which winds its way through the borough. There are plenty of picturesque pubs and restaurants on the tow path to watch narrow boats passing by from.
With over 1,500 acres of parks, open space and Green Belt in Solihull, it’s easy to understand why our motto is "Urbs in Rure" meaning “Town in the Country". Cycle routes and dedicated walking routes enable you to visit and enjoy the beautiful countryside.
Beautiful Brueton Park is another great place to unwind. Only a couple of minutes from the centre of the town there’s a lake, café, nature centre and children’s adventure playground to enjoy.
Solihull also has a hidden gem in Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens. This is a rare example of an English Baroque Garden which has been almost completely restored as near as possible, to the period 1680-1762 by Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust.
The 10 acre walled garden contains over 600 species of plants from the period. The holly maze is to a design by George London and Henry Wise. There are regular events and activities throughout the year. Read our blog here.
For entertainment, Solihull town centre boasts a nine-screen cinema complex and a newly refurbished Arts Centre, complete with theatre, showcasing a mix of professional touring shows and musicals.
Resorts World Birmingham is Europe's first resort destination. Under one roof you will discover the West Midlands largest selection of outlet stores, including Pretty Green, Bench, Next, Charanga, GAP, Lego Wear, Farringdon& Forbes, Clogau and many more.
The National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull is recognised as the finest and largest motorcycle museum in the world, where older generations can once again view the machines they rode in days gone by, and younger generations can study the development of motorcycles from earlier days to the golden years of the 1930s-60s.
The National Conference Centre has built a reputation over the last 30 years both across the region and nationally for delivering its events with excellence. Priding itself on delivering a personalised service, focusing on every detail and offering total flexibility in a unique space its reputation is envied across the industry.
See an itinerary for a day with the kids in Solihull.
Solihull also hosts regular events including annual Jazz and Blues, Dance and Taste festivals and comedy and literature festival - LOLIHULL. See our Calendar of Solihull Events for more details
Nailcote Hall will play host to the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship golf tournament - find out more about that here.
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Food & Drink
There’s a myriad of international and home-grown food and drink venues on offer in Solihull with something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a leisurely lunch, a special evening out, family occasions or a quick snack while you shop.
The Town Centre is packed with great restaurants and cafes including Cafe Rouge, Pizza Express, Nandos, The Handmade burger Co., Slug and Lettuce, Zizzis, Giraffe Caffe Nero TGI Friday's and Wagamama to name but a few.
Solihull is also proud of its wealth of independents, which gives a unique flavour for visitors. Independent restaurants such as Marco's New York Italian at the Holiday Inn at Birmingham Airport, The George at the Ramada which also boast its new Jiyaan Indian Restaurant, Met Bar & Kitchen and The Delhi Restaurant alongside independent coffee shops such as Cafe Isabella catering for every occasion and budget.
At Resorts World you can enjoy independently owned Waters Restaurant, with Chef Andy Waters, the Bottega Prosecco Bar, Highline Bar and Sky Bar alongside Las Iguanas, Patisserie Valerie and many other great places to enjoy.
There’s even more to tempt your tastebuds in the villages and hamlets with a host of gastro pubs like Morton’s Kitchen, The Malt Shovel at Barston. Independent Hotels in easy reach of the town centre include: Hampton Manor where you can enjoy the 3 AA Rosette Peel’s Restaurant or Hogarth’s Hotel in Dorridge, which has been awarded its first AA Rosette and the coveted AA Four Silver Stars crown.
Visit Loch Fyne fish restaurant in historic Knowle and the lovely high street, which has more independent coffee shops such as the Bread Collection and the unusual Catwalk Cafe alongside restaurants such as Luna Rosa or The White Horse at Balsall Common.
Solihull boasts a huge array of hotel options; from exclusive, historic houses to convenient budget brands, as well as a wide range of welcoming guest houses and Bed and Breakfasts.
Choose between major hotel brands such as Ramada, Holiday Inn, DeVere Village, Premier Inn, Travel Lodge, Holiday Inn at Birmingham Airport, Crowne Plaza and Novotel, historic properties like Castle Bromwich Hall or Hampton Manor, or friendly, family-run properties such as the, Heath Lodge Hotel or G&G B&B - all close to the NEC and Solihull Town Centre.
Just minutes outside of the town centre, enjoying a semi- rural setting where you can relax and unwind in the privately owned Hogarth's Hotel or relax in the countryside at The Limes Country Lodge Hotel
Solihull also has some fabulous hotels with spa and or golf facilities including Genting Hotel with its Santai Spa Nailcote Hall, with its 9 hole stunning course, which hosts the Farmfoods Par 3 each year, as well as the Forest of Arden Hotel and Country club – We’re also just down the road from the world-famous Belfry too!
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