Living in West Midlands: Things to Do and See in West Midlands, England

West Midlands, Unspoilt Countryside Commutable to London

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The landlocked region of the West Midlands is one of the smallest in the UK, covering 13,000 sq km, with a population of just over 5.5 million. It is made up of six counties: Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and the county of West Midlands. It borders Wales on the west side of the region, and shares many of its geographical features, as well as showing strong evidence of Welsh influence on its culture and heritage. Ludlow, a town in Shropshire, is home to one of very few Welsh bookshops outside Wales.

There is a lot of disparity between the different parts of the region; the central and eastern parts are built up, fairly industrial, home to many businesses and have a strong economy, particularly around Birmingham and Wolverhampton. By contrast, the western part of the region is extremely rural, with Shropshire and Herefordshire being motorway free and wonderfully unspoilt.

The beautiful and wildlife rich Wye Valley is one of five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the West Midlands and features a 92km stretch of the peaceful and scenic River Wye, running up the English-Welsh border. The region also contains part of the Cotswolds, an area with many picturesque towns and villages full of buildings constructed from gorgeous, honey-coloured stone; one of the most important tourist destinations in the country.

A very hilly part of the country, the West Midlands is home to the Shropshire Hills, the Malvern Hills, and part of the Peak District. Nestled amongst this fantastic countryside is Stratford upon Avon, an attractive town famed for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Ludlow, renowned locally as a ‘foodie’ destination and host to the annual Ludlow Marches Festival of Food & Drink, is an attractive small town in the western part of the county. With a medieval walled town, an 11th century castle and some buildings dating back hundreds of years, it is a great place to spend the day exploring.

The larger towns in the region are home to a number of well reputed universities, including the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick.

The impressive River Severn, the country’s longest river, snakes its way through the region, including through the beautiful town of Shrewsbury, a cultural and commercial hub for the area, with a medieval street plan and the wonderful Shrewsbury Castle.

The West Midlands provide a great balance for many people: on the one hand, there is lots of unspoilt countryside, yet there are also some large towns and cities on the doorstep and London is within fairly easy reach.

For more information, contact the Strutt & Parker offices in Ludlow or Shrewsbury.

How Many People Live in West Midlands?

Population: 5,602,000

What Languages Are Spoken in West Midlands?

Language: English, Welsh

What is the Currency in West Midlands?

Currency: GBP (Pound sterling)

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