Dudley, the largest town in the area, grew up around its castle. The fortress today dates from the 13th century castle but the original castle was built in the 8th century.
During the 18th and 19th century the Industrial Revolution lead to the rapid expansion of the town. Its main industries were the mining of coal and limestone and glassmaking. These heavily polluting industries lead Dudley to become part of the 'Black Country'.
The Black Country has many tourist attractions for visitors to enjoy, many of which illustrate the history of this important industrial area.
The Black Country Living Museum, a mile from Dudley town centre, uses costumed demonstrators to bring to life the facinating story of England's industrial heart, and at the Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Mine you get the chance to experience the original art of 'legging' ( propelling a canal boat with your feet ).
Other attractions in the area include the famous Dudley Zoological Gardens as well as attractions based on the glass making industry.
Near the town is Himley Hall, a fine 18th century mansion, with a 'Capability' Brown landscaped park.
Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery 3.7 miles A nice gallery with items from the famous Ruskin Pottery.
Red House Glass Cone Discover the history and tradition of glassmaking.
Bilston Craft Gallery 4.0 miles A craft gallery with contemporary as well as historic items in a range of media.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery 5.6 miles A great gallery covering eras over 300 years up to Pop Art as well as contemporary art.
The New Art Gallery 6.6 miles Take a look at this lovely gallery with a wide range of art works to enjoy.
Himley Hall and Park Visit this fine 18th century mansion, with a 'Capability' Brown landscaped park.
Wightwick Manor 6.9 miles A lovely Victorian house in the style of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement.
Dudley Museum and Art Gallery Find out more about Dudley and enjoy the art collections here.
Black Country Living Museum An open-air museum celebrating life in the Black Country.
Oak House Museum 3.3 miles A lovely 17th century house to wander around.
Broadfield House Glass Museum View the world-famous collection of British glass.
Galton Valley Canal Heritage Centre 4.8 miles The centre highlights the engineering of the local canal system.
Smethwick Heritage Centre 5.1 miles Discover the past of Smethwick and the people who lived here.
Bantock House Museum 5.6 miles Discover the history of Wolverhampton and it's residents.
Walsall Museum 6.8 miles Find out about the history of the town.
Walsall Leather Museum 6.8 miles Discover Walsall's long connections with the British leather goods industry.
Dudley Canal & Limestone Mines Take a trip on a canal boat to discover the tunnels and caverns.
Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve A lovely spot with parkland and an important geological nature reserve.
Baggeridge Country Park 3.4 miles Enjoy the great outdoors with a stroll in the countryside.
Sandwell Valley Country Park 4.3 miles Enjoy a day out exploring this large country park.
Forge Mill Farm 5.4 miles Take the children to this working farm.
RSPB Sandwell Valley 5.8 miles 20 Tanhouse Avenue, off Hamstead Road
Jerome K. Jerome Birthplace 6.4 miles Take a peek at the birthplace of this famous English author.
The Public 3.8 miles Take a look at this very modern venue and arts centre.
Dudley Zoological Gardens Enjoy a full day out at this famous zoo.
Towns Near Dudley To Visit - straight line distance:West Bromwich (3.61 miles) Wombourne (4.63 miles) Wolverhampton (5.40 miles) Walsall (6.59 miles)