A popular area for those who want easy access to Birmingham, but not the hustle and bustle of the city, Harborne is one of the affluent outer areas of Birmingham city, with a lively high street full of fantastic local eateries. Despite being one of the most expensive areas of Birmingham, Harborne keeps the feel of village life, while benefiting from the investment of its affluent residents.
The majority of the schools in and around Harborne are rated good and Outstanding by Ofsted, making the area very attractive to families. Popular educational institutes include Harborne Primary School, Chadvale Primary School, Lordswood Girls’ School and Sixth Form Centre, along with Lordswood Boys School and Harborne Academy.
With easy access to Birmingham city centre, Harborne has great transport links to the main city and other local towns, giving ready access to the west and southwest and the M5 and M42 motorway. There is also a regular bus service that takes you into the city centre, where you can access more direct trains to Birmingham and London.
With plenty of green space, you’ll be spoiled for things to do in the Harborne area. We’d recommend following the old railway track, known by the locals as the Harborne Walkway, which takes you along a path of serene greenery all the way into Birmingham city centre. The town also features two country churches, St Peter's Church Harborne and St Mary's R.C. Church, and the former includes the grave of Prime Minster, Neville Chamberlain.
Things to do
Harborne is home to some brilliant gastro pubs, including The Plough and Harborne Kitchen. Other local eateries include Wokchi Kitchen and The Brewers Social. Once you’ve eaten your way through the local restaurants in the area, you can head over to Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre, which offers a range of different classes for both adults and children, from yoga to Tai Chi.
Birmingham Bullring might be a short car ride or train journey away, but we’d recommend perusing Harborne High Street to find some hidden gems within the local shops. With plenty of independent boutiques and cafes, you’ll come across everything from vintage finds, to popular high-street staples, such as Oliver Bonas and Holland & Barrett.