Sustainable Tourism in the West Midlands

Sustainable tourism is more than just a buzzword; it's a commitment to preserving the natural, cultural, and economic environments of tourist destinations for future generations. As the tourism industry grows, it is crucial to adopt practices that minimise environmental impact, support local communities, and protect cultural heritage.

How can you help us?

  1. Opt for sustainable travel by exploring our green accredited attractions and hotels, as well as our numerous green space options. These green accredited businesses are acknowledged worldwide as an indicator of good environmentally-friendly practice. They may be taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint, utilising local suppliers and contributing to the local community. Examples of Green Accreditation include Green Tourism, Greengage, Green Key and ISO14001.
  2. Reduce your environmental impact – Public transport across the West Midlands is widely available and a great way of getting around. Ditch your car on your next visit and use the bus, train or tram.
  3. Support local economies - Dine at locally-owned restaurants and try cuisines of the West Midlands, including the Famous Balti.

Embark on a greener adventure: Follow these steps to make your next trip to Birmingham and the West Midlands sustainably unforgettable!

Green Stays

Stay at one of these Green accredited hotels on your next visit to Birmingham and West Midlands.

Reduce your carbon footprint while you sleep, by staying somewhere that reduces waste and water, while also using renewable energy.

Green Spaces

The Green Flag Award® recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces in the UK. To be eligible for a Green Flag award, a park or green space must be welcoming, safe and well maintained with a strong involvement from the local community.

Coombe Abbey Park in Coventry has exceeded its Green Flag Award with an additional award for Green Heritage, meaning they have jumped the extra mile with its conservation, restoration and historic features.

Make your visit as Green as possible on your next journey to the West Midlands and visit one of our Green Flag Awarded parks.

Warley Woods

Smethwick's 100-acre, Green Flag award winning community park which is managed through a…

Aston Hall

Follow in the footsteps of royalty and visit one of the last great Jacobean houses to be built…

Handsworth Park

Handsworth Park is a park in the Handsworth area of Birmingham, England. It lies 15 minutes by bus…

Brueton Park

Two parks in one, Malvern and Brueton Parks, are perfectly located in the town centre. With Green…

West Park

Located in the heart of Wolverhampton, West Park boasts 17 hectares of beautifully landscaped green…

With miles of canals and a compact city centre, what better way to explore Birmingham and the wider region than by bicycle?

Local Food and Drink

We have a diverse range of local eateries and bars, that offer local produce from the West Midlands. Taste something local on your next visit.

1000 Trades

1000 Trade celebrates and champions all forms of craft; starting with an ever evolving beer…


New Spanish tapas bar is due to bring a slice of the Mediterranean coast to Touchwood shopping…

Birdies Bar

Birdies Bar is Digbeth's latest edition - an outdoor cocktail bar in the heart of the Custard…

Bourne & Co

This speakeasy-style bar is dedicated to serving up the best tipples in town. Through the prism of a…


Chapter is the delightful independent neighbourhood restaurant and bar celebrating superb seasonal…

Fox & Chance

Fox & Chance is an innovative new cocktail bar based in the heart of Birmingham. We offer a wide…


Kanteen brings world street food to the counter. All food is designed and prepared by passionate and…

La Mariposa

A brand-new Latin-American restaurant La Mariposa will soon open in Jewellery Quarter’s Selina…

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