Our Impressions of County Ground
This is a large stadium, and does the club & cricket proud. Built around 30 years ago, the stands offer excellent unrestricted views of the whole playing area. The seating was also described by our reviewer as 'spacious'. The area around Edgbaston is mainly residential, so parking can be difficult.
Please note that the club has a policy to prevent the importation of alcohol into the ground, by members of the public (basically they search you!) Members of W.C.C.C. are also restricted to the amount of alcohol they can take into the ground. This policy has obviously had an impact on the bar prices, with a pint of Guinness currently (England v Australia - 1st Ashes Test 2001) costing £2.75. The length of the queues at the bar are also rather large. You have been warned!
Directions to County Ground
Exit the M6 at junction 6, following the signs for A38(M) City Centre and then A38 South West through Queensway Tunnel. Turn left at the first set of traffic lights and then right at the roundabout onto the A441 (Pershore Road).
Exit the M42 at junction 3. Follow A435 through Kings Heath and turn left to Edgbaston.
Stratford - Leave Stratford Road (A34) at College Road. Follow signs for Moseley and Edgbaston (B4217).
Bromsgrove - A38 or M5 (leave at Junction 4) through Northfield and Selly Oak, turning right at Priory Road traffic lights (B4217).
The nearest main-line railway stations are Birmingham New Street (1.5 miles to the ground) and Birmingham Snow Hill (2 miles to the ground).
Bus numbers 45 and 47 from the City Centre run along Pershore Road (A441). Bus number 1 runs from Five Ways (A456). The main entrance for the public is in Edgbaston Road (B4217).
Local Area around County Ground
The car parking arrangements vary from match to match with major games being allocated additional parking. The official car parks are clearly signed posted.
, the Police do not permit parking on many of the streets close to the ground.
There is a large public car park located in Pershore Road. This is very close to the ground, but will cost you around ?5 a day (July 2001).
When our team visited, we travelled by train to Birmingham News Street, and stayed at the
in Broad Street. This is only a 10 minute walk from the ground. As usual, the
accommodation was adequate, but remember, there is no food! Therefore, we had breakfast at
, which is only 50 yards along the road from the hotel. The breakfast cost us ?5.20 (July 2001) for a full English breakfast. Not bad for a great breakfast, in the centre of Birmingham, when there is an England v Australia test match just down the road!