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“We had a very good day out”

Kinver Edge Rock Houses
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Stourbridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: With sweeping views, a wildlife haven in the heath and unique homes carved straight into the rock...Kinver Edge is full of surprises. The famous Holy Austin Rock Houses are cosily restored to help you soak up the atmosphere of these unusual homes. Get comfortable by the fire and our volunteers will tell you tales of the people that lived right inside the rock. Just outside is the heathland of Kinver Edge - a pocket of wilderness, buzzing with insects and heady with the scent of gorse and purple heather. A stroll along the sandstone ridge offers dramatic views across surrounding counties from the ramparts of an imposing Iron Age Hill Fort. Beyond the views miles of walking country awaits, winding through birch and oak woodland and exposed areas of red sandstone geology.
Reviewed 26 May 2017

A member of Work in Progress visited Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses, a National Trust site, on Saturday 20th May to experience the venue as a young person. At this site you can visit Kinver Edge, an outcrop of land that towers about Kinver, home to an Iron Age barrow with lots of walks, and the Rock Houses.

Here are a few points about what we enjoyed and what we would love to see next time.
• Very nice site
• Not sure how much disabled access there is, and the older members of our party found it hard to get up the stairs to the tea room
• There was no card machine so best take plenty of change
• The view was amazing from the top level
• Really liked the hobbit hole on the middle level
• The open houses were absolutely fascinating
• Information available was clear, concise and interesting
• Walk up to Kinver Edge was nice – would recommend visiting on a day that is predicted to be sunny, as walking back down in the rain is not so fun

We had a very good day out at Kinver Edge, despite the weather's best efforts. The site was extremely interesting, and the stories of the occupants were just the icing on the cake. The volunteers were really good as well, a lot of them able to give personal details about the site which was just brilliant. We'll definitely be going back again to take a closer look at Kinver Edge and see if there are some clearer remains of the Iron Age barrow.

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Reviewed 24 May 2017

A party of 30 of us were given a guided tour of the Rock Houses on a day when it is normally closed. I have to say the guide was very good explaining why people lived there and how they were self sufficient . There was also an example of a rock house furnished how it would have been, the shop & cafe were not open but we knew before but the views over the countryside were amazing.

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Visited on a Friday, with unpredictable weather .Not especially expensive £5.50 to go in.
You are free to look around on your own if you wish to, and recently they have introduced a guided tour, free of charge for groups of up to 10 people. We joined in with this, and found the guide to be informative friendly, and worth listening to.
The cafe on site, had nice cakes and sandwiches, and a very enjoyable hot chocolate.
The surrounding area has lots of countryside walks, which are also viewed very much of an attraction. On the day we went, unfortunately the weather turned lousy suddenly, and we ended up getting soaked whilst trying to find our way back to the rock houses!!! Its quite hilly on these walks, so unless its a nice day, and you are feeling energetic maybe give it a miss!

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

The Rock Houses are an interesting part of local history. The visit takes about two hours excluding time spent in the café. The furnished house with the volunteer guide is a very good way of getting to know the history. Makes a good day with a vist to the back to backs in Birmingham.

Thank Peter24B
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

As a child, growing up close by, my family used to visit Kinver often. These rocks were a playground for us children with the wonderful countryside all around. So was so pleased when National Trust took over and decided to turn them back to their former glory. Unusual and possibly unique site - not your usual stately home by any means. A great insight into how ordinary people lived here.
Very enjoyable morning spent - better with the sun out. The guide was very knowledgeable and all other staff very friendly and helpful. Lovely patio area to sit with a mug of tea and admire the views. Great walks on Kinver Edge on doorstep. Steps to cafe are quite steep for some but worth the effort. Small site so doesn't take a whole day - just a couple of hours, but, as I said, lots of beautiful walks to enjoy.

Thank Jules2451
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