Newest Review: ... of an M & S store at the nearby Ventura Park which is far better than the town centre as a shopping area. Ventura does get rammed ... more
More than meets the eye
Tamworth in General
Member Name: cools952
Tamworth in General
Advantages: Excellent leisure options, cheap housing, beautiful surroundings
Disadvantages: An awful town centre in need of regeneration
I moved to Tamworth about 5 years ago now having been brought up in the West Midlands. I thought it only fair to "review" the town now that I have experienced what it has to offer.
When I first moved here I was disappointed by the town centre. It had, and still does, have an extremely dated feel to it in some parts and is in need of some regeneration. Although the Ankerside shopping mall has a decent selection of small shops, Tamworth really lacks any of the big hitters in its town centre and unsurprisingly its residents tend to shop elsewhere. This has changed recently with the introduction of an M & S store at the nearby Ventura Park which is far better than the town centre as a shopping area. Ventura does get rammed though at the weekend as punters cram in to the newly refurbished Sainsbury's along with other warehouse sized stores such as Asda, Argos, Pets at Home, Boots and JD Sports to name but a few.
Tamworth boasts an eclectic and diverse mix of leisure options to suit all tastes. Tamworth Assembly Rooms hosts a mix of productions and live music along with an annual beer festival. The Snowdome offers year round skiing/snowboarding practice and lessons and also has a leisure centre and ice skating rink in its grounds. Over the road is the Namco Station home to the bowling alley, amusement arcade and yet another gym. The Odeon cinema is also present in the town centre. Tamworth castle is a popular spot although blighted on the landscape by six ugly high rise flats nearby. The castle grounds are home to tennis courts, mini golf and a bowling green. Drayton Manor Park serves up options for thrill seekers and youngsters enjoy visiting the newly created "Thomas Land" based around Thomas the Tank Engine and the zoo within its grounds.
There are a number of good cycling routes around Tamworth and many designated especially for cyclists only. There are also a number of pretty villages around Tamworth itself and the Coventry Canal runs through its spine offering a number of nice canalside pubs to visit.
A lot of accomodation in Tamworth is modern and there are no shortage of new estates being built as it offers a cheap housing alternative to those working in Birmingham. That being said, there are some beautiful old houses in Tamworth if you can be bothered to look for them and a rich history lies beneath the towns more contemporary image.
The town is served well for transport with both buses and trains heading to nearby Birmingham. The train line links to all the surrounding major towns and is on the London Euston line. The A5 road runs through the heart of Tamworth and the M42 offers access via the East of the town.
Summary: A good spot to live in if working in Birmingham
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