Sutton Coldfield

Prosperous and family-friendly with excellent commuter links, Sutton Coldfield offers the perfect harmony of town and countryside

Sutton Coldfield

Living in Sutton Coldfield

Sutton Coldfield has a proud story to tell – the historic town was granted royal status by King Henry VIII in the 16th century, which was reaffirmed by parliament in 2014. Evidence of the area’s affluence can still be seen by Sutton Coldfield’s architecture and the many manors located in the town, a number of which have now been converted into luxury hotels, including New Hall Hotel & Spa and Moor Hall.

Sutton Coldfield’s most popular landmark is the 2,400-acre Sutton Park, which welcomes two million visitors each year to enjoy its woodland, open meadows, playgrounds, restaurants, donkey sanctuary & seven lakes. Meanwhile, the town’s New Hall Valley Country Park has one of Birmingham’s only working watermills.

For sport enthusiasts, you’ll find a variety of superb golf courses, including The Belfry – world-famous for hosting the Ryder Cup on an unprecedented four occasions. Wyndley Leisure Centre is the largest of its kind in Birmingham, with a swimming pool, 8-lane 400m running track, all weather pitch, gym and sports hall.

Sutton Coldfield town centre has a mixture of major high street retailers, quality independents and a vibrant restaurant community. Cultural hubs in the town range from Highbury Theatre to the impressive, art deco Empire Cinema.

Sutton Coldfield’s Good Hope Hospital delivers accident and emergency services to a catchment population of around 450,000 people across North Birmingham and south east Staffordshire.

Key Facts

  • Sutton Coldfield was made a royal town by Henry VIII in 1528 – its royal status was reaffirmed by the government in 2014.
  • Sutton Park is the seventh largest urban park in Europe, boasting over 2,400 acres of woodland, trails, seven lakes, restaurants and even a donkey sanctuary!
  • In 2015, The Times newspaper listed Sutton Coldfield in its top 20 family-friendly towns and villages in England.
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Property

Sutton Coldfield is one of the most prestigious areas in Birmingham, with four of the town’s roads featuring in Top 10 most expensive properties in Birmingham in 2014. The Little Aston and Four Oaks estates are particularly sought after, with many houses worth more than £1 million. However, you don’t need to be a millionaire to live in Sutton Coldfield as the area boasts a range of different housing options which suit most budgets.

The area is made up of traditional large period houses, new build detached and semi-detached family homes, flats/apartments, terraced houses and bungalows. An average detached house price is £552,327 with the average mid-market house price at £141,045. Average apartment prices are around £120,946.*

Rented properties range from £385 p/m for a studio apartment to £695 p/m for a three bedroom terraced house.*

Sutton Coldfield has the lowest population density of all Birmingham’s districts with 40,000 households across an area of 5,700 hectares.

*Please note these are approximate costs to be used as a guide only, prices are dependent on location and individual properties.

Education

There are a number of primary schools located in the town: Whitehouse Common Primary School, the Deanery Primary School, Banners Gate Primary School, New Oscott Primary School, Holy Cross Infant and Junior Catholic Primary School, Walmley Primary School and Moor Hall Primary School. The Shrubbery School is a private primary school. Other schools include Four Oaks Primary, Little Sutton, Coppice Primary, Hill West and Mere Green Combined.

Schools for 11-18 year olds include Fairfax School, The John Willmott School, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls and its male equivalent Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, adjacent to Birmingham Metropolitan College.

The Birmingham city region has five leading universities including Aston University, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University College Birmingham and Newman University. These universities not only provide excellent education and career options for those moving their families to the area, but also a vast pool of graduate talent for local employers to select from. 

Connectivity

Sutton Coldfield lies eight miles northeast of Birmingham, bordering areas including Erdington, Streetly, Lichfield, North Warwickshire and Tamworth. The average car journey into Birmingham takes about 50 minutes.

There are six trains per hour from Sutton Coldfield to Birmingham on the cross-city train line, operated by London Midland. The journey lasts 20 minutes.

Bus services – including the National Express West Midlands services 902, 904, 905 and 914 and Arriva route 110 – leave The Parade in Sutton Coldfield every seven minutes on average during the day, with journeys into Birmingham city centre taking between 25-40 minutes.

Sutton Coldfield is within easy reach of the country’s motorway network, including the M6 via junctions 5, 6 and 7; the M42 in the east via junction 9 near Minworth; and the M6 Toll at junctions 2, 3 and 4.

Lifestylein Sutton Coldfield

There are plenty of things to see and do in Sutton Coldfield. Find out more using the lifestyle tabs below.

  • Food & Drink

    Food & Drink

    In 2014 Sutton Coldfield launched the Restaurant Quarter in the town centre to promote its many different tastes and eateries. Diners can find anything from Spanish and Greek restaurants to English pubs and independent coffee spots.

  • Shopping

    Shopping

    Sutton Coldfield is the largest place to shop in the Birmingham region outside of Birmingham city centre with three shopping areas to choose from. The Gracechurch Centre, Red Rose Centre and Newhall Walk offer some great names and brands to shoppers.

  • Parks & Open Spaces

    Parks & Open Spaces

    Sutton Park is a huge historic park and nature reserve that spans over 2,000 acres of land with two million visitors each year. Throughout the park are various habitats full of wildlife and plantlife including woods, marshes and a total of seven lakes that are perfect for walks and sight-seeing. The vast areas make this park great for jogging, cycling and orienteering with paths and trails networking throughout. There are also several places to stop for a bite to eat with cafes and restaurants in the park grounds.

  • Cultural Attractions

    Cultural Attractions

    The Highbury Theatre Centre offers residents a variety of exhibitions, stage shows and classic cinema. The Sutton Arts Theatre also has a variety of productions and pantomimes drawing in families and fans to the city centre year after year. The Empire Cinema is a fantastic Art Deco Cinema which opened its doors in 1936, still shows the latest blockbusters over 70 years later.

  • Sport & Leisure

    Sport & Leisure

    The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield is home to some of the most renowned golf courses in the region. Golfers have three great courses to choose from: The world famous Brabazon course that has hosted iconic games such as the Ryder Cup, The PGA National which is the only PGA recognised world-class tournament course in England, and The Derby with its challenging traps and hazards making it perfect for all golfers of all levels.

  • Nightlife & Music

    Nightlife & Music

    Sutton Coldfield is working hard towards Purple Flag status for the town centre to promote their safe, clean and lively nightlife. The centre has a variety of places to eat in the Restaurant Quarter and a mix of pubs, bars and live music venues to enjoy after your meal. You can catch all the latest films at the renowned Empire Cinema in the city centre.

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