Harborne: a local guide

An affluent Victorian suburb, Harborne sits approximately three miles southwest from Birmingham city centre.

History:

Harborne is heaving with history, from the Anglo-Saxon buildings located around St Peter’s Church to the partial evidence of a Roman fort near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The earliest written mention of Harborne is an entry in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Food:

Harborne High Street hosts an array of supermarkets including Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s, as well as an excellent spread of Thai, Chinese, Italian and Indian restaurants. One of Birmingham’s few Michelin starred restaurants, Turners, is located right at the heart of Harborne’s bustling high street.

Nightlife:

As a non-Quaker area of the city, Harborne is well equipped with a number of lively and intriguing pubs. Discover great tasting food at The Plough, enjoy a real ale pint at the Green Man or grab a leather-seated booth at the stylish corner inn The Junction.

Education:

Harborne boasts four secondary schools: Baskerville School, Harborne Academy, Lordswood Boys’ School and Lordswood Girls’ School. There are also five primary schools: Birmingham Blue Coat School, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, St Peter’s C of E Primary School and Harborne Primary School.

Transport:

Situated close to the city centre, Harborne is in a prime position to access the University of Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. A wide range of reliable bus services navigate through Harborne, connecting the suburb to the city centre and beyond.

Nature:

Harborne has a number of beautiful family friendly parks, including Grove Park, which has landscaped gardens and a large lake full of ducks. Harborne’s railway, which closed in 1963, has been transformed into a beautiful nature walk and cycling route where one can escape and perhaps forget the busy and often chaotic delights of the city.

Politics:

Birmingham Edgbaston is a constituency and its Member of Parliament is Labour’s Gisele Stuart. Previous MPs include Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who was born in Edgbaston.

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