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Top places to live in Worcestershire Bromsgrove

Looking for a hybrid mix of town and countryside? Take a look at this buzzy, leafy market town surrounded by green belt land. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

A traditional, cosmopolitan market town surrounded by beautiful, green-belt rolling countryside, first documented in the early 9th century. Nearby you’ll find the Clent and the Walton Hills, with just under a million people visiting each year, the Clent Hills are dotted with classically inspired architectural works from the 1750s, lovely for quirky walks or cycling. Events throughout the year take place in the town’s parks and open spaces including the town centre with its striking, long high street, which also plays host to a popular refurbished outdoor market, plus there’s a vibrant music and arts scene going on. All this and you’re just 30 minutes from the giddying bright lights, bars and boutiques of Birmingham. Many boxes ticked.

EAT

Foodies will love it here with loads of choice from country pubs and canal restaurants to global eateries. Thai, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and French, the choice is wide. Head for chic new hang out The Dry Spy which has exquisite cocktails and delicious small plates. Want to go rustic? Take a trip to the nearby Dodford Inn for a highly rated Sunday roast (in the Good Beer Guide 2020). Get your caffeine fix and some homemade cake at popular Sixty Degrees and call into Fudge Heaven for some 20 flavours of delicious fudge.

SHOP

Side step the usual high street chain stores – being a large town, Bromsgrove has its fair share of these – and head for its sprinkling of indies such as Berry Boo for fabulous fashion and accessories, Lesley Ashworth Accessories and Carter Esquire for men’s bits and bobs. It’s farm shops a-plenty in this area too, venture 10 minutes south and head for one of the best farm shops in the county Rough Hill (a Muddy Finalist for Best Farm Shop 2021 no less) which sells free range and organic goodies.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

If you love watersports you’ll be a big fan of Aztec Adventure at nearby Upton Warren (and Lower Moor), this brilliant place has a thrilling inflatable aqua course (if you’re brave enough), plus the lake has a whole range of fun to get stuck into from SUP to kayaking and boating. Sanders Park in the centre is good for kids and dog walks and has a duck pond and café too. Try your hand at a few birdies at the Bromsgrove Golf Centre, in a lush green setting. You are also just 30 minutes drive from the centre of Birmingham with its many attractions from the Bullring shopping centre to the historic Ironbridge sites and museums.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

Pretty good. Properties in Bromsgrove had an overall average price of £309,463 in 2021. Detached properties selling for an average price of £411,352. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £271,021, with terraced properties fetching £229,408.

HOT PROPERTY

A gated, 4-bed detached family home on the market for £700,000 with Oulsnam.

SCHOOLS

Really good. You have a lot of choice of Ofsted-rated Outstanding schools in Brommie. Such as Meadows First School and Finstall First School, and Aston Fields Middle School and the highly rated South Bromsgrove amongst the secondaries. Want to go the independent route? Bromsgrove School is a highly regarded co-ed for ages 2-18.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Bromsgrove is home to England’s first open air museum Avoncroft Museum which has over 30 historic quirky buildings and structures to see, all of which have been rescued and re-built here. Where else can you see windmills next to Dr Who’s tardis?

COMMUTE

Want to get to London, Birmingham, Manchester or beyond? You’re in luck, Bromsgrove has its own train station, making it really easy to get around. You can be in the capital in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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