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Solihull boasts a huge array of hotel options; from exclusive, historic houses to convenient budget brands, as well as a wide range of welcoming guest houses and Bed and Breakfasts.

Local bus services are provided largely by National Express West Midlands from their Yardley Wood and Acocks Green depots in south and southeast Birmingham respectively.

Cineworld is the perfect place to hold your faith group gatherings. Our venues are located across the UK and Ireland with stadium seating and state-of-the-art speaker systems helping you communicate with groups of all sizes. Our welcoming team are ready to help you with any presentation that your service may require.

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The River Blythe, a headwater tributary of the River Trent, passes through parts of Solihull including Malvern and Tudor Grange Parks.

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Solihull is also home to a wealth of independent businesses, including specialist retailers and restaurants, adding a unique touch to your visit.

The town has an indoor bowling area and club.

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This list includes notable persons who were born or have lived in Solihull.

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Solihull may have been knocked off the top spot of the best places to live in the UK according to The uSwitch.com study which ranked Edinburgh in first place, but the leafy borough still has plenty to shout about.

Known to most of us as the National Exhibition Centre, the Genting Arena has hosted performances by singers, dancers and comedians from around the world.

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Schools Primaries: Greswold, Coppice Junior, Yew Tree, St Alphege C of E, Monkspath Junior, Widney Junior, Sharmans Cross Junior, Oak Cottage are all “good”, says Ofsted. Secondaries: Solihull sixth-form college, Lode Heath and Alderbrook are all “good”, with St Peter’s Catholic and Tudor Grange “outstanding”.

Still quaint, the town is dotted with historic architecture including timber-framed Tudor houses and shops and nearly three-quarters of the borough is defined as Green Belt. Add to that Solihull is surrounded by picturesque countryside.

Whether you’re a business looking to offer clients or staff a fantastic evening, a charity hosting a fundraiser or you just want to see your guilty pleasure in all of its cinematic glory, the exclusivity of your own private auditorium is sure to make it a screening to remember.

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Located next to the Genting Arena on the NEC campus in Solihull is the newly opened, Resorts World Birmingham which is one destination with endless possibilities.

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This year Solihull Bid has joined forces with Birminham's annual Jazz & Blues Festival to become the Birmingham and Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival - it takes place between 15-24 July - the open-air Mell Square Stage will be at the heart of the Solihull activity, with eight shows over three days.  Find out more here

The arts complex would never be the same without the unquestionable talents of Malcolm Stent. Each year he brings the popular Christmas pantomime to the venue, which has always proved a showstopper for audiences, year after year.

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The Grand Union Canal passes across Solihull, coming within 1 mi (1.6 km) of the town centre and linking the town to the River Thames in London.

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Solihull Borough includes several satellite towns and villages including Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Cheswick Green, Dorridge, Knowle, Balsall Common, Meriden, Hampton in Arden, Hockley Heath, Eastcote, Barston, Bickenhill, Catherine-de-Barnes and Bentley Heath.

For entertainment, Solihull town centre boasts a nine-screen cinema complex and a newly refurbished Arts Centre, complete with theatre, showcasing a mix of professional touring shows and musicals.

With John Lewis, House of Fraser, Mell Square and Touchwood all in the town centre, there’s no excuse to not find what you are looking for.

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

Hobs Moat is an ancient, moated site and a scheduled Ancient Monument which was the subject of a great deal of excavation in the 1980s.

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Other railway links are provided on the West Coast Main Line, as Birmingham International railway station lies within the borough's boundaries and offers frequent express connections to London. Express train services through Solihull are now run by Chiltern Railways and local services by London Midland.

Successful business entrepreneur and Apprentice star Karren Brady lives in Solihull. Her children attend school here and she can often be seen enjoying the delights of Touchwood.

Beautiful Brueton Park is another great place to unwind. Only a couple of minutes from the centre of the town there’s a lake, café, nature centre and children’s adventure playground to enjoy.

But here’s our top 16 reasons to live in the town:

The Town Centre is packed with great restaurants and cafes including Cafe Rouge, Pizza Express, Nandos, The Handmade burger Co., Slug and Lettuce, Zizzis, Giraffe  Caffe Nero TGI Friday's and Wagamama to name but a few.

David Evans “The town and villages are surrounded by farms, fields, streams and overhung country lanes within comfortable walking or cycling distance.”

Battle it out with friends and colleagues by playing your favourite game on our massive screens. Our state of the art digital projectors mean Big Screen Gaming is available at all our cinemas across the UK and Ireland. With fantastic surround sound speakers you’ll be blown away by every explosion, kick of the ball and rev of the engine. Bring along your favourite game and experience it on the big screen, like you’ve never seen it before.