The town of Walsall is where we are based, right in the heart of the centre on Lichfield Street. Of course, Walsall has more to offer, whether you’re a local looking for a brush-up on what’s around, or you’re new to the area.
Therefore, here is our quick top-ten list of things to watch out for in Walsall. Some are just one venue, whilst others are more a wider category:
1. Retail Parks
Retail therapy can certainly help with things, and the main one now near the town centre is Crown Wharf Shopping Centre, Wolverhampton Street with big-name retailers only a stone’s throw away from the main pedestrian high-street shopping area on Park Street and leading to the town-centre shopping centres of the Saddlers Shopping Centre and the Park Place Shopping Centre.
2. Libraries & Museum
Getting a little more educated and talk of local Walsall Libraries, there is the main Walsall Central Council House Library on Lichfield Street with good accessibility, but also others around the town like Aldridge District Library, Bloxwich District Library, Brownhills District Library, Darleston District Library, Willenhall District Library, Streetly Community Library, and even a Mobile Library Service.
In terms of good local museums locally as well, the two main ones are the Walsall Leather Museum outlining one of the main historic industries in Walsall, and The New Art Gallery Walsall for a more modern angele on things.
3. Walsall College
This is worth a mention, and in partocular the Broadway Campus part of the College on Littleton Street which has the new The Hub which has other facilities such as sport centre, restaurant, training centre and room hire.
This is separate to the Wolverhampton University campus on the south side of the Broadway.
These are essential of course for regular shops, and interestingly Morrisons have two within the same town at Wallows Lane in the south and Lichfield Street in the north. Tesco have a newer 24/7 Tesco Extra store on Littleton Street West, and a large 24/7 Asda St Matthews Superstore on Georges Street.
When it comes to somewhere to eat then there’s a wide range of places for everyone’s budget and needs. There’s large-chains like Toby Carvery Broadway, St Matthews Hall Weatherspoons in the centre of town, and two Harvesters at the George Stephenson in the north and The Beacon on the Birmingham on the south.
For a mixture of different ones then head to the Waterfront with big-name brands like TGI Fridays, Nandos, Bella Italia, Pizza Express, and Chiquito.
Or just head to good one-off locak places like the Arbour Lights on Lichfield Street and Five Rivers Indian at Vicarage Place, or even head to the Village Hotel with Starbucks and in-house restaurant.
The Arboretum park is worth a special mention as it’s not far from ourselves, and having far more to it than first meets the eye. It’s the large park just off the north part of the town centre, with separate car park and easy walk access.
After refurbishment works there is Visitor Centre with a coffee shop and events facility near the lakes, various sport facilities such as tennis courts and bowling, childrens play area, and lots of general grassed and walking areas.
7. Bus and Train Stations
8. Car Parks
Always needed with today’s traveling needs, particularly to the town centre. There’s the one at the Saddlers Centre for when you’re on a shopping spree, an NCP on Freer Street, or Hatherton Road Multi Storey Car Park.
Otherwise you’ll see other smaller ones dotted around, and don’t forget those connected to say retailers like Tesco and Morrisons as well.
9. Coffee Shops
They’re great to hang-out at no matter what time of day or occasion, including big-names like Starbucks at both the Village Hotel and Crown Wharf Shopping Centre, and Costa Coffee at the Saddlers Shopping Centre, New Art Gallery, or two at junction 9 at Gallagher Retail Park and the Drive Thru at Axeltree Way.
But don’t forget other local and special ones Like Coffee Comforts, and the one in the Walsall Arboretum Visitor Centre.
It’s worth a special mention as most other towns would love the convenience of an Ikea store direct on their door step. It’s technically called Ikea Birmingham (Wednesbury) on Park Lane, however with being on the edge of the main Gallagher Shopping Park at junction 9 of the M6, then it’s right on the edge of Walsall with good road access.
Even if you're not there to buy, the Ikea restaurant is a good-value place to meet for food or drink.
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