Often regarded the capital of the Black Country, Dudley has been a place of historical importance for over a thousand years. It has earned a mention in the Domesday Book and became known as one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution. 

Located within 10 miles of neighbouring cities Wolverhampton and Birmingham, Dudley is home to several popular landmarks and family attractions, as well as being close to the busy shopping centre, intu Merry Hill. 

Dudley’s biggest tourist attractions are undoubtedly Dudley Zoological Gardens - built within the grounds of the town’s 11th century castle - and the open air Black Country Living Museum, notably used as a filming location for the BBC drama Peaky Blinders. 

To show you what great things Dudley has to offer, we sent two local families on their own Midlands Marvels adventure. Watch the videos below to see how they got on. 

Black Country Living Museum

This open air, living museum has charmed visitors for over 40 years. It has proudly preserved the Black Country’s intriguing history and offers the opportunity to step back in time.

With reconstructed streets lined with shops and houses, a boat dock on the nearby canal, working trams, and a cast of charismatic knowledgeable residents, a day out at the BCLM is an experience not to be missed. 

If you get peckish whilst wandering down memory lane, we recommend you pop into Hobbs’ for a portion of world famous fish and chips straight from the 1930s. Or try a traditional pint of ale at the Bottle & Glass Inn where it is served in the same way it was in 1910!

If you’re planning your own visit, don’t forget to download our 25% off voucher and save on admission when you travel by bus! Scroll down to find out how to get there.

Dudley Zoological Gardens

Found in the heart of the town centre, Dudley Zoological Gardens is more than just a zoo, with over 2,500 animals, an 11th century castle, 12 Grade II listed Tecton buildings and the country’s only vintage chairlift, all within its 40 acre estate. 

As well as being home to fascinating animals such as Chimpanzees, Tigers, Flamingos and Pythons, the Zoo works hard to preserve and breed a number of the world’s endangered species. So if your little one wants to see some of these close up, you’ll find Asiatic Lions, Red Pandas and Rothchild Giraffes at home in Dudley too.

With a dedicated Discovery Centre, adventure playground and a number of scheduled talks and feeding sessions throughout the day, there’s so much fun and learning to be had!

Plan your own adventure…

Both attractions are easily accessible by bus, with regular services running to Dudley Bus Station from Birmingham (X7, X8, 12, 12A, 74, 126), Wolverhampton (1, X7, X8, 82), Walsall (11, 11A) and Stourbridge (6, 7, 8).

Dudley Zoological Gardens is just a short walk from the bus station and even has a dedicated stop right outside, where most services call.

The Black Country Living Museum also has a stop outside where services 11 / 11A between Walsall, Wednesbury and Dudley stop.

Getting out and about with the family doesn’t need to be expensive, our Group mTicket gives up to 5 adults, or 2 adults and up to 4 kids unlimited all day travel, any day of the week, for just £6* when you purchase your ticket via our mTicket app. Search ‘nxbus mticket’ to download today.

(*During February 2019. Normally £7 via the app, £8 cash)

Associated Routes

74 126 6 7 8 1 82 11 11A 12 12A X7 X8