Welcome to Knowle and Dorridge
Knowle is a large and characterful village located 3 miles SouthEast of Solihull. It is uniquely positioned as it lies within the historic borders of Warwickshire but has been part of the borough of Solihull since the 1970s and its approximately 11,000 residents are in fact constituents of Meriden.
Knowle has a delightful main high street and shopping precinct with many boutiques, independent retailers, a library and cafes. There is an artisan bakery, deli, art gallery, designer clothes outlets, jewellers and interior design shops as well as the more usual high street characters such as Costa coffee, One Stop and Tescos. There are Chinese and Indian restaurants, an Ale room, Toby Carvery as well as other large chain venues and hotels. There is even a traditional sweet shop serving ice cream from a window hatch in the summer! Dorridge has a quadrant of shops including tanning and nail salons, furniture and homeware accessories stores, a large Sainsburys, Argos, chemists and both villages have their own GP Practice and Village hall. There are two golf clubs, bowls clubs, the cricket clubs, Rugby club and various other local societies and clubs.
If you're looking for somewhere for the whole family to call home then Knowle can offer you a choice of state schools including the Ofsted rated Outstanding Knowle Church of England Primary school among others rated good remarkably close by. For secondary education, Arden School serves Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath from the centre of Knowle. The closest independent schools are Crackley Hall junior school in Kenilworth and Solihull Independent School in the centre of Solihull.
These villages are considered to be among the most affluent of areas in the midlands and you can tell as you drive and walk down the streets here past impressive frontages with super cars on the driveways behind security gates and rolling hills behind salubrious glass extensions to the rear. There are imposing Edwardian properties aplenty but a smattering of all ages and sizes also. Bentley Heath is close by and affords many of the amenities of Knowle and Dorridge but without quite the same price tag.
Knowle and Dorridge each have their own park with play areas, nature reserves, flower displays and mini football fields and Brueton Park in Solihull is not too far away by car which is utterly beautiful with all of the above plus the parkridge centre which has lots of exciting activities on for children of all ages including ‘dino talks’ and ‘mini beast’ discoveries!
If it's fine dining you’re after there are many delectable eating establishments in both Knowle and Dorridge but also lots of lovely country pubs in the smaller villages surrounding. Through some breath-taking countryside, along The Grand Union canal and many as a place of rest or recuperation on any of the many stunning local walks. If it's more of a day out you fancy, you could visit one of the two local National Trust Properties Baddesley Clinton or Packwood House.
The A4141 runs through Knowle to junction 5 of the M42, a little over a mile outside of the village. Dorridge’s Gate Lane connects slightly further South to junction 4. Dorridge railway station, on the Chiltern Main Line, was previously known as The Knowle and Dorridge Station and another station lies a few miles north at Hampton-in-Arden on the Coventry-Birmingham (West Coast) line. Birmingham International railway station is nearby for express services to London Euston. Knowle and Dorridge are also close to Birmingham Airport and linked to Solihull by bus services.
Overall these villages are large enough for you to have plenty to see, do, taste and enjoy but small enough to retain a friendly community minded vibe.