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The Black Country

The Black Country, located to the west of Birmingham, is made up of most of the four metropolitan district council areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.  

United by its canal networks and industrial heritage, the Black Country offers something for everyone.

For information on canal walks in the borough visit canal walking routes and West Midlands walks.


Discover life through the ages in Sandwell at the 12th century Manor House and Sandwell Priory, the mediaeval timber framed Tudor Oak House and the award winning 19th Century Haden Hill House.

For anyone seeking the great outdoors, they need look no further than the 2000 acres of woodland and parkland in Sandwell Valley.

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Discover why Walsall became the British leather goods capital at the Leather Museum (housed in a restored leather factory); visit The New Art Gallery Walsall with its collection of artworks, archive material and open access art library or Walsall Arboretum.


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Wolverhampton is one Britain’s newest cities. It is a vibrant mix of shopping, art, music, theatre, sport, film and nightlife. Its art gallery boasts one of the biggest Pop Art collections outside London and it is home to Britain’s first all-weather floodlit horse-racing course.



Places to visit beyond the Black Country

There are other visitor attractions in the surrounding area that you may wish to explore during your time in the Black Country. Here are a few of them listed below.  For details of visitor attractions in the West Midlands visit:

Severn Valley Railway

West Midlands Safari Park

Cadbury World

Think Tank Birmingham

Sea Life Birmingham

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Museum of Carpet

Wild Zoo