Next to affluent Solihull, Shirley is a small town with a distinct, community feel. With a new home here, you can easily travel into Birmingham and also enjoy the town’s canal and award-winning parks. You really can enjoy the best of both worlds in this picturesque town.

Buying a new home in Shirley

Shirley combines easy access to Birmingham with a relaxed, friendly feel. With plenty of green space on its doorstep and a great range of schools and facilities, Shirley is an excellent location for professionals, families and retirees looking to buy a new home with Charles Church.

Living in Shirley

Award-winning green spaces

Despite its proximity to one of the UK’s largest cities, Shirley is blessed with plenty of outstanding green spaces. Availability of natural areas is linked with improved physical and mental health, so it’s important to consider this when looking for your new house. From your Charles Church home in Shirley, you’ll have access to a choice of parks, a canal and the nearby Warwickshire countryside.

Both Palmers Rough Recreation Ground and Shirley Park have been awarded prestigious Green Flag awards that recognise parks that keep high standards, are beautifully maintained and offer excellent facilities.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal runs from the suburbs of Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon and offers picturesque walking and cycling along the towpath. You’ll also have endless countryside to explore from your new home, with the popular Earlswood Lakes just a few miles away providing opportunities for sailing, watersports and walking.

Getting around

While Shirley benefits from having its own identity as a town in its own right, its proximity to Birmingham makes it a perfect location for commuting into the city for work or pleasure. A direct train to Birmingham Moor Street from Shirley Station takes 19 minutes and a train to Stratford-upon-Avon in the opposite direction is less than 40 minutes. Trains from nearby Solihull reach London Marylebone in under two hours.

The town is within the M42 Loop, providing easy access to Birmingham Airport which flies to more than 100 destinations, and the M40 which connects London to Birmingham. By car, central Birmingham is also easy to reach with journey times of around 20 minutes. Whether you’re commuting into the city for work or just want easy access to enjoy all its amenities, you’ll be well-located from your new Charles Church home in Shirley.

Eat and drink to your heart’s content

Shirley is well served by a great range of independent and chain restaurants, pubs, bars and coffee shops. Covering Italian, Turkish, Japanese and Indian cuisine, local favourites include the Fukuoka Japanese restaurant, Indico Indian street food and the Fiesta del Asado Argentinian restaurant. Local events include the Shirley Beer and Cider Festival and regular functions hosting street food vendors. You’ll also be well served by a range of craft inns and micro and traditional pubs.

If you’re looking for a cafe, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Highlights include Bora Coffee, an ethical cafe, community-favourite The Two Mugs and Kairos Coffee which is run by Shirley Baptist Church.

Our new homes in Shirley

Charles Church has homes available in Shirley and across the West Midlands, including West Bromwich, Dudley and Coventry. Explore our available properties and contact our friendly customer services team to find out more.