Dudley is the main town in the heart of Birmingham's Black Country and is the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Having this immense cultural and industrial heritage lends itself to a fascinating day out in Dudley with many attractions geared towards its history. One of Dudley's top attractions is the Black County Living Museum, a great day out for all of the family. This outstanding open air attraction is set on 26 acres and takes you back to the industrial heart of Dudley's past dating back to the 18th Century.
Meander along reconstructed cobbled streets set with authentic houses, open shops and living industrial areas. Trams and old time buses run up and down, smoke is in the air and tongs hammering can be seen and heard. There are historic workers to tell the story of this momentous time in the industrial revolutions history. For an epic day out for adults and children you must visit Dudley Zoo and Castle - which actually is the original 11th Century castle converted into a zoological park. The zoo is all about conservation and they have won awards for their outstanding work. They have breeding programs for many endangered species include Asiatic lions, Sumatran tigers, Bornean orangutans, Tibetan red pandas, Rothschild giraffes, Madagascan lemurs and Humboldt penguins – the zoo has the largest parent-reared colony in the UK.
Have a learning and discovery day with the kids or on your own, it's a wonderful day out in Dudley. You can even adopt an animal! Next stop should be Himley Hall and Park, set in 180 acres of parkland so if you are looking for outdoor attractions in in Dudley, this is an excellent choice! There are often exciting exhibitions held here so check whats on when you visit. If you are looking for places to have a picnic, a round of golf or a long walk this is it!
Looking for a rainy day activity? Have a guided tour on one of the UK's longest canal tunnels originating in 1775, on the 2 mile Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust offering tours from 45 minutes to 6 hours. You will go under most of Dudley and see limestone mines and stunning caverns on this exciting tour. If you would like a day outdoors, have a trip to see Wren's Nest, a British Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its geology, formed between 420 and 425 million years ago.
For a fabulous fun day out for families with kids or adults alone visit The National Sealife Centre Birmingham. With the UK's first sea otters, 360 degree ocean tunnel and over 2000 sea life creatures it is one of those days out in Birmingham not to be missed! Another exciting day out is a visit to West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park - with an amazing safari drive through with the most incredible animals from around the world. For a fun night out with friends or family, try your hand bowling at Tenpin Dudley with 22 bowling lanes. You can also eat, drink and there is even a fabulous indoor soft play for younger children.