Walsall Travel Guide

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Walsall Things to Do

  • Check Out Some Live Music by Local...

    If you're a fan of live music and you want to experience the 'Walsall Sound' there are several places in or near the town centre where you'll be able to get a taste of what's happening on the local music scene. The purpose of this article is not to focus on the venues. It's really a celebration of the bands. Walsall has a long standing tradition of...

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  • Visit the Walsall Arboretum

    The Arboretum in Walsall offers a rich assortment of possible activities and any visit will quickly reveal why it's such a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. For Skateboarders, bird lovers, joggers, social tennis or football players, parents looking for somewhere for their children to let off steam, couples taking a romantic stroll,...

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  • Attempt to Break the Hippo Leaping...

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's a concrete hippopotamus. And you'll find it in the town centre on Park Street looking slightly out of place yet in my humble opinion, rather and quite comfortably smug. Visitors to Walsall may well come across old Hoppy the Hippo during their town centre excursions. The statue has been there since 1972 and,...

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  • Take The Smokey's Monster Burger...

    My vegans friends won't thank me for this and being vegan it's not something that I'll be doing myself, but it has to get a mention because it's one of Walsall's more peculiar attractions. Of particular interest to those hard up tourists that fancy a free meal are the food challenges that can be taken during a visit to Smokey's Diner. Polish off...

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  • Visit The New Walsall Art Gallery

    Paying a visit to the New Walsall Art Gallery is a must do.Admission is free. Not that this is the most important aspect but for tourists on a tight budget it's useful to know. The Gallery is a bold and impressive building which offers much to explore throughout it's five floors. On top, the roof terrace is an ideal spot to chill for a few on those...

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  • Sister Dora

    There is a statue in Walsall town centre depicting Sister Dora. In St Matthew's Parish Church she is commemorated in a stain glass window. Sister Dora is Walsall's answer to Florence Nightingale.Sister Dora's real name was Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison. She was born in Yorkshire in 1832. In 1864 Sister Dora began work as a nurse in Walsall's new Cottage...

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  • The New Art Gallery

    The New Art Gallery, Walsall was officially opened in May, 2000. It is located near the wharf in the centre of Walsall. Peter Jenkinson, who became the first director of the museum, was instrumental in creating the museum.The gallery has five floors. One of which includes a restaurant.The gallery's most famous exhibits are a collection of the...

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  • St Matthew's Church

    There has been a church on the hill dominating the town of Walsall for the last 700 years. At one time the Church was known as the Church of All Saints. St Matthew's became known as St Matthew's in the eighteenth century. It is an attractive building, well worth a visit. One of its stain glass windows represents the life of Sister Dora.

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  • The Jerome K Jerome Museum.

    I'll have to take and add a photo of this site later.Jerome K Jerome was born in Walsall in 1859. He is famous for writing the humorous novel "Three Men in a Boat". The museum to him is located in his former home in Bradford Place. The museum is only open between midday and 2pm on Saturdays or by prior arrangement. Admission is free. The museum...

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Walsall Transportation

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    Walsall sits conveniently close to the M6 Motorway and can be accessed via three of its exits. Junction 7, 9 and 10 provide routes into Walsall but don't fall into the trap of thinking that the middle junction (J9) will provide quicker access to the town centre. When you're on the M6 heading towards Walsall, whether you're approaching from the north or the south, if you want to get to the town centre easily, exit the M6 at J10. From there, if you follow the signs you should be able to reach the town centre in less than 10 minutes.

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Walsall Local Customs

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    The event of a tourist unknowingly asking for directions to the district of Caldmore can often be a source of innocent amusement for the locals, most of whom tend not to pronounce Caldmore as one might expect based upon its spelling ('Called-More') but instead refer to the region as 'Karma'.

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Walsall Warnings and Dangers

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    Although nowhere near as prominent a feature as in years gone by, Prostition within some districts of the borough remains an area of concern and there are in existence many projects and initiatives currently being implemented which are aimed at addressing this, including the police led 'Operation Scarlet.'

    For the tourist it is worth being aware that (according to local information sources) the districts of St Mathews, Palfrey, Pleck and Darlaston are target areas for sex workers so it follows that these are areas in which, particularly single tourists, should exercise more caution and for example, be a bit more wary about accepting lifts from strangers.

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Walsall Off The Beaten Path

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    Peace perfect peace. That's what's on offer when you make a visit to this little known location. That plus an array of plant life that comes as close to being as perfectly dispatched as any horticultural display that you could wish for.

    In summer the Memorial Gardens are an ideal chill out spot. They are located in a quiet neighbourhood at the top of Church Hill near St Matthews Church. Unfortunately, although admission is free, you wont find it open at weekends and during bank holidays, but if you particularly like plants, squirrels and good wholesome quietness and if you don't mind climbing a pretty steep cobblestone hill to get there it is worth planning a visit.

    The Walsall Memorial Gardens were opened in 1952, having been designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe and are a memorial to those town residents whom were tragically lost to the two World Wars.

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Walsall Sports & Outdoors

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    If you're someone who likes to play tennis on your travels Walsall offers inviting news. It has a number of tennis courts in various locations across the borough and has an active tennis community based at a number of local clubs.

    If you're the adventurous type and happy to venture into the neighbourhoods there are some good quality public hard courts to be found at locations like Leamore Park. More centrally you'll find courts for hire in Walsall Arboretum and at the University of Wolverhampton's Walsall Campus.

    For the more regular visitors to the borough taking out a membership with Reedswood Tennis Club may be a worthwhile move. The club offers extremely attractive and affordable membership deals which entitle members to access some fine quality artificial grass tennis courts at evenings and weekends. Taking out a membership is easy, the application form can be downloaded from the club's website.

    The courts are outdoor so the summer months provide the most popular tennis playing conditions, however, the courts are available throughout the year.

    If you like to watch as well as play the highlight of the local calender is probably during June each year when the Aegon Classic takes place in Edgbaston, Birmingham, which is just a 30 - 45 minute car ride away. Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic and Na Li are past winners of the competition.

    In addition to that there are a number of local teams that compete in the Staffordshire Inter-Club Tennis League. The season begins in April and ends in September so during that period it may be possible to get to watch some of the home fixtures and perhaps some of the local derbies. There are men's double's and women's doubles teams competing in the various divisions of the league.

    Equipment: When making a tennis trip to any of the Walsall tennis playing locations it's always best to travel with your own tennis racquet and balls.

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