Top 10 Places To Visit In Walsall According To TripAdvisor That Prove It’s Not A ‘Hell Hole’

Black Country residents in Walsall were recently outraged by the news that the town had been voted one of the worst places to live in England.

It took the 27th spot on the popular site iLiveHere on a list voted on by over 110,000 people.

Comments on the location compared it to a “hell hole” and suggested that you shouldn’t leave your car unattended because “there’s a chance it might have passed.”

When Princess Diana Came to Walsall in 1986

Contrary to these comments, we took a look at the top-rated places to visit in Walsall, according to TripAdvisor, to prove that it really isn’t that bad.

1. Walsall Arboretum

This Victorian park is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll. It first opened in 1874, and now spans 170 acres and includes Heatherton Lake, the country park and extension. The park includes gardens, green spaces, play areas and sports facilities.

One visitor said: “Wow, that’s all I can say. So breathless you won’t believe this place is in Walsall. It’s very well maintained, well done Walsall council.”

2. Walsall Leather Museum

Inside the Walsall Leather Museum

If you have ever wanted to know everything about leather making, then this is the place for you. We have regular guided and lively programs of events and activities throughout the year, including leather craft demonstrations, and changing exhibitions.

The museum also has a shop specializing in Walsall-made leather goods.

One TripAdvisor reviewer said: “Walsall is known for its leather industry, this place is definitely worth a visit, it’s very interesting and it’s a short walk from the city center.”

3. Fountain

This real ale pub boasts 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor. One visitor wrote: “Friendly staff and customer with a good range of beers. Occasional bands and once a month hosts a vinyl night.”

Another said: “If you’re in Walsall you have to visit the Fountain. If you’re not, it’s worth visiting Walsall, just go to the Fountain.”

4. The New Art Gallery

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The New Art Gallery is home to the iconic Garman Ryan collection. This unique collection is displayed over two floors and includes 365 works of art including those of Sir Jacob Epstein, Van Gogh, Monet, Turner, Renoir, Constable and Freud. What’s more, admission is free.

One visitor said, “Really worth taking your time, we were there for a few hours, we felt great.”

5. Light Cinema

If it’s travel photos you crave, Light Cinema has an impressive 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor.

You can enjoy handmade pizza at the venue, as well as sip on cocktails or barista coffee.

One reviewer said: “Was a great trip to the cinema, I love it. The staff was really friendly to our server josh. He was really smiley and friendly. Will definitely be back soon!”

6. Aston Manor Road Transport Museum

This special museum features buses, trucks, and old-fashioned tramcars in an attractive setting, with lots of related artifacts and exhibits on transportation history. There is a small shop on site for browsing models and books in your spare time.

“A little gem of a museum, covers road transport with a bias for the local area, buses, lorries and light vehicles are covered. I go here regularly, admission is cheap and volunteers are knowledgeable.” , helpful and ready to negotiate,” said one visitor.

7. McClean Way

The McClellan Way is an Old South Staff Railway line between Walsall and Litchfield. With the tracks being pulled down in 1984, the route was left to overgrow, and is now a popular walking spot.

One person said: “Don’t know why it didn’t get top reviews because it’s a beautiful thing to do in Brownhills and a quiet walk.”

Another said: “Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make this walk happen. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.”

8. Banks Stadium

The home ground of Walsall Football Club is a must for any sports fan.

One TripAdvisor reviewer said: “Good place to go for anyone looking for a game of football. The staff here are very nice and friendly.”

Another wrote: “I always look forward to a distant day in Walsall. There is a great social club outside the grounds, serving good food and a good choice of beer.

“The far end is located behind a goal. There is a great view of the pitch and the roof is covered. You have the usual food and drink outlets. All in all. A great away day.”

9. Walsall Central Library

Walsall Central Library
Walsall Central Library, Litchfield Street

Bookworms can enjoy a visit to this library, which promises to have something for everyone. They also run an exciting program of activities for all ages throughout the year.

One visitor said: “Participated in the craft sessions held during the summer holidays and many of the kids both enjoyed the beach and seaside sessions of making flip flops and listening to stories.

“Very glad that the library is organizing these sessions for all the kids during the summer vacations. Well done.”

10. Beautiful Bricks

The pub describes itself as “the quintessentially English real wine tavern”. Warm and welcoming, this Black Country ales house is a regular haunt of the local camera folk.

One reviewer said: “Good old-fashioned real ale pub with cobs. Friendly and fun regular. Park in nearby streets.”

Another said: “Great pub, friendly staff and locals, great choice of ales at reasonable prices, clean, real fire burning and good conversation.”

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