Living in the West Midlands
Discover a region with culture, history and towns of every type
The West Midlands is a lovely location to retire to. With bustling cities like Birmingham and rural retreats like the Cotswolds, the West Midlands provides something for everyone. Our retirement properties in the West Midlands are spread across the region, so you’re sure to find a property to suit your needs. Whether you’re looking to be surrounded by history, located in the heart of the city or be engulfed by nature is entirely your choice.
Lifestyle in the West Midlands
Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city after London and, as a result, you’ll find a never-ending list of things to see, do and explore. You’ll discover many museums and galleries in this lively city, including the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Soho House Museum. Alternatively, you can spend a day at the world’s most famous chocolate attraction: Cadbury World. Here, you can learn about the history of chocolate and discover how the factory produces 100,000 tonnes of liquid chocolate each year!
You’ll also find plenty to see and discover outside of Birmingham. For example, if you’re a history lover, then visit Worcester’s gorgeous cathedral, or embark on a waterside walk down the River Severn where you can learn about the local history.
The West Midlands is packed with towns of every type, from small communities to large and bustling cities. Our retirement properties in the West Midlands put you right in the heart of these communities, allowing you to join social groups, start a new hobby or meet new friends. On top of this, when you feel like treating yourself, you’ll find a vast array of shopping centres in the region, from the Bullring and Grand Central in Birmingham to the Churchill Shopping Centre in Dudley.
In the evenings, you’ll be spoilt for choice for entertainment options. The 3,000 capacity O2 Academy in Birmingham hosts the latest and hottest bands, while the Glee Club is the home to award-winning comedic acts and up-and-coming performers. If you’re a fan of the arts and theatre, then you can visit either Warwick Arts Centre or Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.
The West Midlands has a diverse history for you to discover. You can explore the thousand-year-old Lincoln Cathedral, visit the Tudor mansion of Chatsworth House, or even spend a day at Lincoln Castle. Designed by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, here you can walk along the top of the castle walls, explore the historic prison and see the Magna Carta displayed in the stately vault.
If you’d rather explore more of the great outdoors, then you’ll also find the Peak District National Park, the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty all in close proximity to our developments.
The West Midlands could be the perfect place for any active retiree. Gloucestershire particularly provides a picturesque rural retirement, surrounded by woods, parks and waterways. Here, you’ll have the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty right on your doorstep. Elsewhere in the region, you’ll also find the Peak District National Park.
If you’re a fan of sport, then the West Midlands is also home to over 150 golf courses, including West Midlands Golf Club where you’ll find the longest hole in the UK. If you’d prefer to spend your retirement playing tennis, then you’ll also find over 100 clubs scattered across the region.
If you like the idea of being surrounded by the countryside but want to stay close to large cities packed with history and culture, then take a look at our retirement properties in the West Midlands to find the perfect fit.
McCarthy Stone Developments in West Midlands
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