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7 of the best villages to consider around Birmingham

Posted 3 October 2017 by Helen Christie

We look at the best villages around the Birmingham area for house-hunters considering buying their first or new home...

Often featuring on lists of the most popular places to live in the UK, Birmingham is a city that has undergone a great deal of regeneration over the last few years.

It is the second most populous city in the UK (with London topping the list) and is home to five universities: University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Aston University, Newman University and University College Birmingham.

Outside of London, Birmingham New Street station is the busiest railway station in the UK, and offers excellent transport links for residents, with direct trains to London Euston, Leicester, Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley.

According to Hometrack UK Cities House Price Index, the average house price in Birmingham is £155,400, which is considerably lower than the UK average of £212,000.

For those that love being close to large, bustling cities, but prefer to live somewhere quieter, moving to one of the affordable countryside villages in the West Midlands  surrounding Birmingham could be the answer.

Here, we take a look at some of the best small towns and villages to consider buying a home near to Birmingham…


A large village in the borough of Solihull, and ideal for commuting, Dorridge has a small shopping centre, a village hall, a number of schools and a church community. Dorridge sits alongside beautiful Warwickshire countryside, so residents can enjoy leisurely countryside walks. Dorridge has its own railway station with regular trains to Birmingham Moor Street and Snow Hill, taking around 20 minutes.


Close to the Grand Union Canal, Knowle is a large village around 13 miles from Birmingham. Its nearest train station is either Dorridge or Widney Manor, which has direct trains to Birmingham Moor Street, taking around 15 minutes. In 2006, a £4m project saw a new sixth form centre open, which attracts many students from nearby schools, and Knowle has a Church of England primary school, which also has a nursery, and a secondary school, Arden School.

Henley in Arden

Around 18 miles south of Birmingham, one of the oldest market towns in England, Henley in Arden is home to around 3,000 people. Birmingham Show Hill can be reached in just 33 minutes by train from Henley in Arden. There are lovely pubs and restaurants, and plenty of riverside walks, and you could even hire a day boat.   


A beautiful riverside town, Bewdley lies around 22 miles south of Birmingham. Bewdley is home to a good selection of schools, including The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre which is well-known for its above-average GCSE and A-Level results. Bewdley has a festival which takes place each October, as well as a popular Bewdley Beer Festival which is held every August Bank Holiday weekend.

Bentley Heath

A quiet village, Bentley Heath is home to ample amounts of green space, and plenty of local amenities, including a café, a hairdressers, a Post Office and Bentley Heath C of E Primary School. It is located to the north of the M40 and the east of the M42, and shares the B93 postcode with Dorridge.


South-west of Birmingham lies the village of Clent. Walkers will love Clent, home to the Clent Hills which are owned by the National Trust, where it is estimated that just under a million visitors visit the hills each year. Clent is home to Sunfield Children’s Home, which is a charitable school for children with complex learning needs and autism. There is a small primary school, and then children can continue their education at the local secondary school in the neighbouring village of Hagley.


A large village around 11 miles south of Birmingham, Alvechurch has good train links with both Redditch and Birmingham using the CrossCity line. Alvechurch is home to Alvechurch FC who are currently in the Northern Premier League Division One South. There is also a local cricket team.

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