Formed on the 1st of April 1974, the metropolitan borough of Sandwell was united with the county boroughs of West Bromwich and Warley. Christened after the Sandwell Priory monastery of which ruins are visible today, the district is bordered by the city of Birmingham, the Metropolitan borough of Walsall, the City of Wolverhampton and the City of Wolverhampton. The borough comprises of the towns of Oldbury, Wednesbury, Smethwick, Rowley Regis, Tipton and West Bromwich. Located right in the middle of the Black Country and the West Midlands, Sandwell is a wealth of historical and scenic sights.
A short drive from England will take you from away dust and noise pollution to the picturesque, calm greenery in Sandwell. Take advantage of the green spaces with a visit to any of the six beautiful parks in each of Sandwell’s six main towns. Reputed for their calm environments and safety, so it’s no surprise that many parks in the borough have acquired the respected Green Flag award. Sandwell Valley Country Park is perhaps the boroughs most prized park. Kids will enjoy observing the two working farms, a vast playground and 308 hectares of open spaces and greenery. The district is also home to many nature reserves making it an ideal location for those who enjoy walking and cycling trails. Take your pick from the many museums in the region to soak in history or get tasting at a selection of choice eateries in Sandwell. Those craving something faster paced, join the Dudley caving club or go trampolining at Sandwell’s only trampolining park.