As part of the suburbs of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, Shirley is becoming an increasingly popular place to live and work. With excellent schooling opportunities in the area and brilliant eateries, investment in the town going up, the area has a wealth of attractions, amusements and amenities for those choosing to move there.
There are a range of different primary and secondary schools in the area, along with a few nurseries. Highly ranked schools in Shirley include Shirley Heath Junior School, which is a coeducational school aged 7-11 and Tudor Grange Primary Academy, which also rates Outstanding by Ofsted.
With easy access to the M42, commuters are just a short 30-minute car journey away from Birmingham and the rest of the Midlands. Shirley Station also offers regular trains to Birmingham Moor Street, along with Stourbridge Junction, Solihull and Whitlocks End. There are also some good bus routes in and around the area, with Route 6 connecting Shirley with Solihull and Birmingham City Centre.
Situated next to the glorious Warwickshire countryside, Shirley has some beautiful green spaces on its doorstep. Shirley Park and Hillfield Park are both popular with the locals in the area, but it’s also worth a visit to the canal, as the historic Stratford-upon-Avon river also flows through Shirley.
Things to do
Shirley has plenty of eateries on its doorstep. From Fukuoka Japanese Restaurant to Fiesta del Asado, there is a range of cuisines for foodies to get stuck into. Keen golfers should visit Shirley Golf Club, touted as one of the finest golfing destinations in the West Midlands, open to seasoned golfers and beginners alike.
With Birmingham’s famous Bullring just a mere half-hour drive away, you won’t be short of shopping opportunities if you live in Shirley. Closer to home, there is also the Parkgate Centre, which offers three hours worth of free parking if you want to shop at some of the local stores in the area.