A place to visit
As well as being a great place to invest, Dudley has a surprising range of cultural and leisure activities on offer. With a fantastic selection of restaurants, pubs, food, green space and visitor attractions it’s no wonder we welcome over 5 million visitors to our borough every year, bringing £177m to the local economy.
Dudley borough was at the forefront on the Industrial Revolution. Iconic archaeological features of the time, including the 18th century Red House Glass Cone and one of the world’s biggest canal networks can still be seen today. One of Dudley’s main attractions is its 11th century castle. Dramatically sited on Castle Hill, the castle can be seen from the town centre and is the site of the ever-popular visitor attraction Dudley Zoological Gardens.
Dudley Zoological Gardens has over 1,300 animals and offers fantastic fun for all the family. Just a short walk from the zoo is the Black Country Living Museum, which is one of the UK’s leading open-air museums. The two attractions contribute towards a tourist economy worth £185m to the borough.
Dudley also has some of the UK’s best retail offer with four town centres and Intu Merry Hill Shopping Centre, which has over 200 stores and attracts over 18 million visitors every year. There is a diverse range of restaurants and bistros too, offering delicious cuisines from all over the world, as well as traditional inns and pubs that serve hearty food and some of the country’s finest ales.
The borough enjoys an astonishing 2,087 hectares of green space and over 20 parks and nature reserves. The Wrens Nest Nature Reserve is internationally infamous for its unique geology and is home to the 425 million year-old trilobite fossil, known locally as the ‘Dudley Bug’. On the South Staffordshire outskirts of the borough lies Himley Hall and Park, the former seat of the Earls of Dudley, with parklands that were designed by Capability Brown.
Dudley’s central position means that residents and businesses are a short drive or train ride from the centre of bustling Birmingham as well as the rural tranquillity of Shropshire.
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