Tipton is a small town in the West Midlands conurbation. It is a mainly industrial and residential area with a Museum and a limestone caves, as well as a canal tours and nearby entertainments in the Castle Gate park.
From outside the UK, Tipton is closest to Birmingham International Airport. A regular train service provides connections to Tipton, but you may have to change at Birmingham New Street.
By road, Tipton is a few miles from Junction 9 of the M6. Follow the road signs into Wednesbury, where Tipton will become well signposted.
Tipton train station is on a commuter service which travels mostly between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton, usually every half an hour during weekdays. Buses are also frequent with most of them going to the main bus station in Dudley, where connections to all areas of the West Midlands can be found.
In Coronation Gardens, you will find a statue to William Perry, a 19th-century Bare-fist boxing champion, often known as the "Tipton Slasher".
Tipton has a large horse population. Most of the horses are privately owned and many can be seen grazing in the public spaces. They are ridden with a small two person chariot along the roads so be mindful when driving.
Tipton has a network of canals, steeped in industrial history, that provide excellent walking and cycling routes.
The Tipton Sports Academy provides facilities for many sports including track sports, football, tennis, squash and others, all open to the public at cheap rates.
The Black Country Living Museum is a 26 acre mostly outdoor recreation of the local area during the last 100 years. It includes its own internal bus service, coal mine, funfair, canal port, rebuilt houses from the period and more traditional museum displays. Entrance fee is expensive (over £10) but you can easily spend a whole day living in the past. It is situated between Tipton and Dudley.
There are few shops of interest to visitors. The main supermarkets in Tipton are The Cooperative near the train station and an Asda and Farmfoods in Princes End.
Tipton, especially around Owen Street, has several takeaways and restaurants serving either traditional Fish & Chips, Baltis, Curries and Pizzas. There are also several pubs that serve high quality food.
Make sure you try KVE Pork Scratchings, available in most local shops and pubs - they're a local delicacy.
- Mad O'Roukes Pie Factory. a theme pub which serves a range of hearty pies and ales.
Tipton has many pubs that serve similar drinks to the rest of the UK. Even the local pubs are filled with lively bodies and all should make you feel welcome.
The Ace of Spades (formerly Barge and Barrel) is a friendly rock and blues popular with motorcyclists. It has a pleasant beer garden next to the canal.
There is also a pub opposite Coranation Gardens called The Fountain. This too has a pleasant beer garden next to the canal, and is on the same canal as The Ace of Spades, which makes it ideal if you wish to try both locations out. This was also known as the drinking place of the "Tipton Slasher".
There are a couple of inexpensive guest houses located on the Sedgley Road, a few minutes walk out of the town centre. "Almost en-suite" rooms are available in Mad O'Roukes Pie Factory at around £20 per person per night.
Tipton has no vibrant nightlife, but Wolverhampton and Birmingham are quite accessible.