Harborne is a Victorian suburb that’s just three miles south-west of Birmingham city centre. It’s a great place for families and professionals who want to work in central Birmingham or close to the hospitals without sacrificing the sense of community that comes from living in a smaller area.
The nearest train station to Harborne is University station, and from here it’s just a seven-minute commute into central Birmingham. Harborne is well served by buses, which are another good option for travelling into the city centre. Birmingham New Street station has great connections to the rest of the UK, with services running direct to London, Edinburgh and Glasgow and many other major cities. The M6 is just outside of Birmingham, connecting the city to London and northern cities, including Manchester.
Children receive a great education in Harborne as it has plenty of good primary and secondary schools, including faith-led schools. There are also a number of private schools in the area which is a great opportunity to enter your children into Independent education.
Harborne High Street has a range of national brands, including Boots, Waitrose and M&S Simply Food. There are several independent stores, as well as boutique high-end retailers. Independents include the jewellers Silver and Love, and Maddison Retail, which is a card and gift shop. Birmingham city centre is within easy reach and has endless opportunities for some excellent retail therapy, including its famous Bullring shopping centre.
There’s a wide selection of independent and chain restaurants in Harborne. The Slug and Lettuce and Pizza Express provide some well-known names to the area. There are great independents too, like Harborne Kitchen, which presents fun, intricate and contemporary dining, and Sabai Sabai serving up fantastic Thai food.
Harborne has a good number of pubs and bars. The famous Harborne Mile is a pub crawl that runs along the High Street, taking in all the pubs along the way. The Plough is a great choice, with fantastic food, including sourdough pizza, and a lovely beer garden for the summer months. The Paper Duck has 18 taps of craft beer on offer, and bottles and cans to takeaway too. For those wanting to explore the nightlife in the city centre, Birmingham is only three miles away.
Healthwise, you can be seen at either public or private hospitals in the area. Hospitals such as The Priory and Queen Elizabeth Hospital which is also a military hospital and the largest single site hospitals and teaching hospitals in the UK. Harborne also has its own medical practice, and several local pharmacies, dentists and opticians.
There’s plenty to do in Harborne itself, with picturesque golf courses, and lovely local walks. The Harborne Walkway takes you along an old and unused railway track, with beautiful greenery all the way into the city centre. Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre has a great range of facilities for all the family, offering swimming lessons and fitness classes. There’s even a food school in Harborne, in a Grade II listed clock tower, where people can enjoy different cooking classes.
Being so close to central Birmingham there’s loads for people to enjoy nearby, including Rush Trampoline Park, The Birmingham Mystery Treasure Trail, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, and the Botanical Gardens.
Whatever it is that brings you to Harborne, you can always fall back on the knowledge that this is an unbeatable location to grow in. Whether that’s your professional career, your family, or both, Hunters are here to help you find the right home and take that next step. Get in touch with us today and find out how we can help you. When you’re ready to move, Hunters gets moving.