The Midlands town of Walsall is not renowned for its tourist amenities, but it is undergoing a process of redevelopment and modernisation, and with plenty of facilities and attractions it's a place that could just surprise you if you let it.
Walsall is known for its industrial heritage, and in the 19th Century possessed a booming trade in coal mining. When this declined, it then became famous for its leather production and even to this day the town still manufactures the Queen's handbags and saddles for the Royal Family. Indeed, the local football team, Walsall FC, take their nickname as The Saddlers from this historic link. As well as the football team, the town is also home to established rugby, cricket and hockey teams.
Despite its reputation as an urbanised area, Walsall has many cultural attractions such as museums, art galleries and public parks in which to have a leisurely stroll. The town is also great for shopping, and is home to restaurants offering delicious cuisine from all around the world. There is also plenty of entertainment in the form of pubs, clubs and bars.
Walsall is well connected to the surrounding area, with Wolverhampton and Birmingham both being within easy reach both by road and by public transport.