The great hill of Barr Beacon sits on the edge of Walsall, staring down on a town that has become a lively cultural melting pot. Far below, the picturesque Walsall Canal winds through the buzzing town centre - historic markets and modern shops share the streets with contemporary galleries and museums. It's no wonder Walsall is, for many, one of the most appealing towns of the West Midlands.
Start your visit with a trip to Walsall's cultural and artistic highlight, the New Art Gallery on Gallery Square - just two minutes north of the station on the banks of the Walsall Canal. The gallery has an impressive range of displays and exhibitions, with works from the likes of Turner, Renoir, Constable and Van Gough.
Once you've fed your cultural appetite, head to the Walsall Arboretum, a sprawling park and nature reserve which hugs the northeast corner of the town. The park is home to thousands of species and offers the perfect place to unwind after a morning wandering Walsall's busy streets. Switch off, relax and float on the Hatherton Boating Lake, or lose yourself in the sprawling woodland - and be sure to pop into the cafe for a spot of afternoon tea and cake before you leave.
Looking for some retail therapy before you hop back on the train? You came to the right place. The Saddlers Shopping Centre adjoins the north side of the station and is positively rammed with both high street names and independent stores, along with cafes and bars. Make sure you save some time to have a browse before you depart!