Rubery is a suburb of Birmingham that is also part of Worcestershire rather than the West Midlands conurbation or Warwickshire. The suburb lies 9 miles to the south-west of the city centre in the northern tip of Worcestershire. The area is bounded by the historic area of King’s Norton to the east and Longbridge to the north-east, famous for being the centre of production for MG Rover. To the immediate south are Cofton Hackett and the village of Lickey, with the picturesque Lickey Hills lying between them.
The area is well-served by transport links – Longbridge railway station is only a moment away and enables commuters working in the centre of Birmingham to reach the city centre in no more than 20 minutes. Many living in Rubery also head south to nearby Bromsgrove to work which can be reached by train in around 35 minutes after a quick change at the village station of Barnt Green.
Just to the south-west of Rubery lies the convergence of the M42 and the M5, providing residents with excellent links with Oldbury and West Bromwich to the north, Droitwich Spa and Worcester to the south, and Alvechurch, Solihull, and Birmingham International Airport and the NEC to the east. The Bristol Road runs straight through Rubery and on through Bournville and Edgbaston and on into the centre of Birmingham.
The area to the north of the Bristol Road is predominantly residential, with the parts of Rubery to the south of the main road being a mixture of retail outlets, business developments, and other residential areas. Much of the Rubery area emerged following the building of the Austin Motor Works at Longbridge in the early years of the 20th century, as clerical and manufacturing staff required housing and amenities.
The Great Park area of Rubery on the border with Longbridge provides residents with a cinema, bowling alley, bingo hall, health centre, and supermarket. There are also several park located in Rubery and its hinterland – St Chad’s Park, and to the south the 135 acres of Cofton Park, awarded to the city of Birmingham in 1933. Cofton Park is also home to Cofton Nursery, the provider of floral decorations and plants and the winners of Royal Horticultural Society gold medals.