Solihull is a great base for exploring the Heart of England. There are some attractive satellite towns and villages in the surrounding areas, with fabulous names - Hampton in Arden, Catherine-de-Barnes, Castle Bromwich, Balsall Common and the centre itself, Meriden. Hampton in Arden is supposedly one of the settings for the Shakespeare play ‘As You Like It’, as is the nearby area of Arden. which was once a forest. Or there’s Acocks Green, known locally as ‘The Village’, a friendly place with high street names and local independent shops, where you will find shoes and handbags and sumptuous food. Or, if it all gets too much, there are many coffee shops and cafes to perk you up – or unearth a local pub with great local spirit and good fare. Solihull is also just 8 miles from Birmingham city centre, with its many attractions including canalside walks, historical buildings, the Mailbox and the Bullring. You can enjoy top quality entertainment at nearby venues like the National Indoor Arena, the Symphony Hall and the NEC - and there are more venues dotted around the region. And there’s more! Two Premiership football clubs, Birmingham City and Aston Villa, are within a few miles of the town. Chester House Knowle Library is a fine example of a restored Elizabethan small town house, which dates from the 15th century, with a knot garden at the rear. The building is used as a branch library.
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