Tamworth Area Guide
A town with a bright future
Tamworth takes its name from the River Tame, which flows through it, as does the River Anker. Tamworth was once the capital of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia, Tamworth’s fascinating past is still evident in its many historic buildings which include the historic Tamworth Castle which is one of England’s best-preserved Norman strongholds.
Tamworth town centre is home to a variety of high street brands and independent shops. Offering ample opportunity for retail therapy, Ventura Retail Park’s stores include M&S, John Lewis Home, River Island and Next.
Until 2001 it was also home to the Reliant car company, which produced the famous three-wheeled Robin model and the Scimitar sports car for several decades. The Snowdome, the UK's first full-sized real-snow indoor ski slope is located in Tamworth, and only a short distance away is Drayton Manor Theme Park.
What you can get for your money when buying in Tamworth?
The town has a wide variety of housing styles, from old style Victorian properties to stylish apartments. For young professionals looking for a modern 1 or 2 bedroom apartments, prices start from £125,000.
Terraced properties in the centre of town start from around £125,000 for a two bedroom house, with plenty of opportunities on offer for keen investors.
Outside of the town centre on the newer modern estates a four bedroom detached house prices start from £230,000.
What can you get for your money when renting in Tamworth?
Due to the excellent commuter links Tamworth has to offer, there is a strong private rental sector with rental prices starting from £495 for a one bedroom flat in the heart of the town centre (B79).
For families looking for a larger space, a 3 bedroom property will cost around £675pcm (B77) or if you look further afield to surrounding suburban areas prices can reach £1200pcm (B78).
Some of the most sought after properties are the 2 and 3 bedroom houses, with demand outstripping supply, making Tamworth a strong proposal for any property investor.
Getting to and from Tamworth
Tamworth train station provides direct links with Birmingham New Street, Nottingham, Derby and London Euston, with travel times to the capital at around 90 minutes.
The Midlands boasts the highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants outside London, with four located in nearby Birmingham. Also offering unrivalled retail destinations and world-class entertainment, the city centre is less than 30-minutes’ drive away.
Interesting facts about Tamworth
One of Tamworth's most famous residents is celebrated with a monument in the town centre. Able Seaman Colin Grazier risked his life to secure the Enigma code from a captured German U-boat. He was posthumously awarded the George Cross.
Other famous Tamworth residents were the MP Thomas Guy who built the lovely Town Hall in 1701 and founded Guy's Hospital in London and Sir Robert Peel whose statue is in Market Street was a British statesman and member of the Conservative Party, who twice served as Prime Minister and twice served as Home Secretary. He is regarded as the father of the modern British police and As a result of this reform, the new metropolitan police force became known as “Peelers” or “Bobbies”.
Tamworth is also famous for the Tamworth Pig the breed’s most distinctive feature is its ginger, orange-red coat. This colouration has led to the breed being known as Sandybacks or Tamworth Reds. “The Tamworth Two” is the story of two Tamworth Pigs who had escaped on their way to an abattoir in Malmesbury, Wiltshire in January 1998. Having squeezed through a fence and swam the River Avon, the two pigs went on the run!