Walsall Travel Guide
A large town with 250,000 inhabitants Walsall has a population from all backgrounds, cultures and religions giving it a unique and diverse character. Walsall has a wide range of leisure and entertainment venues facilities catering to all tastes and ages. There are also numerous restaurants, bars and nightclubs for residents and visitors alike with plenty of good quality hotel accommodation at various locations throughout the town. The town is particularly well known for its large number of fine Asian and Balti restaurants.
Walsall has lively and culturally diverse choice of shopping, with plenty of interesting specialist retailers as well as the ubiquitous presence of the national multiple shops. The huge Merry Hill shopping complex, one of the largest in Britain, is just a short drive from Walsall.
Historically, Walsall’s industrial background is firmly rooted in the production and processing of leather and the manufacture of high quality locks. There are still a large number of businesses in the town today continuing the tradition. The history of both these traditions can be explored at the Lock Museum in nearby Willenhall, the Walsall Leather Museum and the Birchills Canal Museum. For hundred of years Walsall workers have been making some of the world's most sought after saddles and decorative leather goods. Another Walsall claim to fame can be explored at Belsize House Museum in Bradford Street, formerly home to the author of Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K Jerome.
The recent opening of The New Art Gallery, has given the town a world class attraction; placing Walsall firmly at the centre of the UK cultural map. Not to be missed is the Walsall Arboretum, opened in 1874 and covering over 80 acres of parkland, water features and gardens. In September each year the Arboretum is home to the Walsall Illuminations originally started in 1951 as part of the celebrations for the Festival of Britain. Today the illuminations, though not as popular as Blackpool’s, attract thousands of visitors from all over the country to see 25,000 lights illuminating 35 acres of lakes, trees and gardens.
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