SolihullSolihull is a town near Birmingham in the West Midlands region of England.
The Metropolitan Borough of Solihull includes towns and districts of Castle Bromwich, Dorridge, Hampton-in-Arden, Hockley Heath, Knowle, Marston Green, Olton, Shirley, and the small village of Meriden.
Birmingham AirportA major airport serving the West Midlands region with frequent domestic and international flights. There are several direct arrivals a day from all major UK and European destinations, and one or two from more far-flung places such as Delhi, Dubai (twice daily), Amritsar, Islamabad, Ashgabat, New York and Toronto.
A free people mover, Air-Rail Link, connects the airport passenger terminal with Birmingham International rail station between 05:15 and 02:00; it runs every two minutes and the journey time is less than two minutes.
A day ticket (Daysaver) for all NXWM buses is available for £4 (£4.60 before 9AM), but it can also be purchased for on any airport service. Exact change is required. If a group is travelling together, a Group Daysaver for £8 will cover up to 5 people for unlimited journeys for a day.
National Express coaches serve the airport every half hour during the early hours of the morning which is very handy for morning flights, as the trains don't usually start until later in the morning. The fare varies depending on whether it is booked in advance, although tickets can be purchased on the coach subject to seats being available.
A taxi from the airport into Solihull town centre will cost about £15.
The National Exhibition Centre is adjacent to the airport and can be accessed by the Air-Rail Link via Birmingham International Station.
Solihull railway stationa couple of minutes walk from the town centre. Trains from Birmingham Moor Street run every few minutes. Chiltern Railways operate services to Solihull from London Marylebone station every 30 minutes, adult single fares cost from £14.90.
Birmingham International railway station3 miles north of Solihull, near the airport and NEC - trains run from here to Coventry, Birmingham New Street and London Euston.
By busSolihull is well served by Travel West Midlands buses. The following services go from Birmingham city centre to Solihull town centre: 4, 6, 37, 57 and 57A. The 966 and 966A services connect Solihull town centre with the Airport, NEC and Birmingham International rail station. Adult single fares cost £1.90 on all TWM services.
By carFor Solihull town centre leave the M42 motorway at junction 5. For the NEC and Airport leave at junction 6.
By taxiSolihull has an abundance of taxi ranks all over the town, the best-served being Solihull Town Centre. Hackney carriages (black cabs) and private hire vehicles (minicabs) are easy to find, but you should exercise usual caution and not get into an unmarked car or one you haven't booked.
Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest times due to clubbers going home en masse, and there can be waits of over an hour.
Popular providers include:
- Solihull Taxis, Online Booking System .
- A2B +44 121 733 3000.
- Able Radio Cars, Newbrough Road, Solihull, +44 121 694 6666.
- Senator Cars, Oxhill Road, Solihull, +44 121 430 7000.
- Royal-Ambassador Cars, Stratford Road, Solihull, +44 121 706 8888.
Solihull town centre is small enough to walk around on foot and much of the central area is pedestrianised. To visit attractions further afield Solihull is well served by buses and rail - see above.
phone: +44 1675 443311address: at the A45 and M42 clover leafOn display in the museum is the world's largest collection of British motorcycles. With over 850 models on display, the museum's history covers over a century of motorcycle design and manufacturing. The museum opened in 1984 with an initial collection of some 350 motorcycles, among which several unique specimens such as a Wilkinson Luxury Tourer, a Wilkinson 850 and a Brough Superior Golden Dream.
Elmdon ParkOld walled garden is now a local nature reserve.
Brueton and Malvern Parks
phone: +44 1564 783294address: Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton, B93 0DQ
phone: +44 1564 782024address: Packwood Lane, Lapworth, B94 6AT
Castle Bromwich Hall GardensRestored Jacobean gardens; listed grade II
Land Rover Experience – Home of the LegendIncludes a factory tour and hands-on driving course.
- Solihull Ice Rink located about 10 minutes North of Solihull town centre - take the 71 or 72 bus.
- 9-screen Cineworld cinema in the Touchwood shopping centre with ten surrounding restaurants.
- Take a walk around Brueton and Malvern parks - feed the ducks, visit the nature centre and see the arboretum.
TouchwoodThis shopping centre attracts shoppers from all over the region with its extensive range of small boutique style shops as well as big high street names. It is especially impressive for clothes shopping with a list of stores including Gap, French Connection, Zara, Bravissimo, Republic, SuperDry and Hollister. Touchwood also has the only John Lewis department store in the West Midlands and a large Apple Store. On the boutique side Touchwood is particularly strong on jewellery with ten jewellers and quirky extras such as 'Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe'.
address: Mell Square, B91 3BG
Touchwood - multiple restaurants
Indian Dreamaddress: Dovehouse Parade
phone: +44 2920 454045address: 651 Warwick RoadHotel and event venue offering 180 guest rooms, 13 event suites, leisure club and restaurant.