It is fair to say that the midlands town of Stourbridge would not feature highly on a list of places to visit, but that is to overlook the town’s important stature as the former glass making centre of Great Britain.
Stourbridge glass is among the most highly sought after in the world, and although the industry has all but disappeared there is much to see in the Glass Museum that is one of the highlights of this interesting town. Located on the River Stour, and not far from Birmingham, Stourbridge still bears the hallmarks of a former industrial city, and is proud to do so.
Places of interest include the Stourbridge Canal which was essential to the glass making industry, a highly regarded town hall with a unique clock, and the architecturally important St Thomas’s Church, while the town also offers a decent array of very good shops, bars and cafes for the visitor to explore.
Broadfield House Glass Museum, Compton Drive, Kingswinford DY6 9NS (01384) 812745
Considered to be one of the best glass museums in the world; the Broadfield House Glass Museum is a fascinating exhibition of British glass dating as far back as the 17th Century.
Visitors can watch glassmaking by glassblowers then survey the collections and temporary exhibitions which run throughout the year.