Bromsgrove is a town in Worcestershire.
Bromsgrove has a reasonably well served railway station, located approximately 1 mile from the town centre. Trains run every hour to Birmingham New Street station with more in peak hours where connections can be made from destinations across the UK, or from Birmingham International Airport. A single fare is around £6.50, and journey times are typically 20 minutes. There are a handful of trains per day to Nottingham and Cardiff.
Bromsgrove is located at the intersection between the M5 and M42 motorways, and is well signposted. The main A38 runs through the town.
There is plenty of car parking, although few places are free of charge.
The town is quite compact, so the best way to get about is on foot. For travelling slightly further afield, regular buses depart from the station in the centre of town to various other local towns.
Most people do not visit Bromsgrove as tourists, as there is little of interest to see. However, St John's Church, located near the town centre is worth a look. Sanders Park is also quite pleasant during the day, but is best avoided at night.
- Sanders Park, located close to the west side of Bromsgrove town centre. The park covers 16 hectares. Nice place to take a stroll or relax. Events are occassionally held at the park, usually located around the small bandstand. Facilities include:
- Two tennis courts that are in poor condition. Rackets and balls can be rented from the small office next to the courts for a fee.
- Outdoor skate park. Often full of young people loitering around. Jumps and ramps are well setup for skating and BMX. The skate park is occassionally frequented by some decent riders.
- Bowling green
- Childrens play area
- Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, B60 4JR, 2 miles south of Bromsgrove. Well worth a visit if you are interested in history. Particularly good for families with children. Adult tickets are £7.70, children £4, or a family ticket £19.80. The museum is a 30 minute walk from Bromsgrove train station. Easiest access is by taxi, although the 144 bus stops close by, and the 141 passes the museum. Could be combined with a meal out at the Ewe and Lamb restaurant, which is a 10 minute walk away.
- Darr's Fish and Chips, 68 Worcester Road. Good fish and chip takeaway. Probably the best in town.
- Pizza Express, 25 High Street. Part of the popular chain. Reasonable Italian style food.
- The Ewe and Lamb, 68 Hanbury Road. Located approximately 2 miles south of Bromsgrove town centre. Well worth a trip out of town. Excellent atmosphere. Feels quite modern, but still retains a country pub charm. Expect to pay between £10 - £20 for a main meal. The fish and chips or steaks are particularly good, as are the desserts.
- Antonio's Pizza Worcester Road. Pizza man extraordinaire.
- The Golden Cross, 20 High Street. Part of the Wetherspoons chain of pubs. Cheap drinks, but lacking in atmosphere.
- The Wishing Well, 16 St. John's Street. Small, good value pub with regular live music. Can get quite busy at the weekends.
- Love 2 Love, 39 Worcester Road. The only nightclub in Bromsgrove. Only worth a visit if you can't get to the far superior nightlife in Birmingham or Worcester. Can get rowdy outside the club, but it is rarely violent.
- Travelodge, 2 Finstall Road, Aston Fields. Located next to the train station. Part of the large hotel chain. 'The Ladybird' pub next door offers a good pint and cheap, poor quality food. At all costs avoid 'The Ladybird special burger'! Alternatively, there is a more up-market restaurant next door, an Indian restaurant just down the street, or an excellent Chinese takeaway (Aston House). If you are staying on a Sunday, get a roast dinner from 'Banners', which is just next to the pub.
As with the rest of the UK, in any emergency call 999 or 112 (from a landline if you can) and ask for ambulance, fire or police when connected.
Bromsgrove is a reasonably safe place. Some trouble can occur with drunk people late at night on weekends around the main pubs and club. However, it is no worse than any other UK town or city, and the police are fairly effective in the area. Sanders Park is best avoided at night, as is the area around Charford.