Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses, Stourbridge

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Kinver Edge is a high heath and woodland escarpment just west of Kinver, about four miles west of Stourbridge, and four miles north of Kidderminster, and is on the border between Worcestershire and Staffordshire, England. It is now owned by the National Trust.
Kinver Edge is a remnant of the Mercian forest, although much planting dates from post-1945. There are two Iron Age hillforts on Kinver Edge the larger one Kinver Edge Hillfort, is at the northern end, while the other is at the southern end, on a promontory known as Drakelow Hill.
The area has been a popular local tourist destination since Edwardian times, when an electric tramway, the Kinver Light Railway, connected Kinver to the Birmingham tram system.
Holy Austin Rock HousesKinver Edge is home to the last troglodyte dwellings occupied in England, with a set of complete cave-houses excavated into the local sandstone. One of the rocks, "Holy Austin", was a hermitage until the Reformation. The Holy Austin rock houses were inhabited until the 1960s. They are now owned by the National Trust and are open for tour. One house has been restored to a Victorian appearance, and the Martindale Caves show what life was like in the 1930s. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses by using our Stourbridge trip maker.
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  • Amazing to see the history of the rock houses. And a welcome cafe too. The volunteers and staff make you feel very welcome and great coffee and scones! Also with a dog, the trails are fantastic. So....  more
    Amazing to see the history of the rock houses. And a welcome cafe too. The volunteers and staff make you feel very welcome and great coffee and scones! Also with a dog, the trails are fantastic. So....  more »
  • Great place and amazing locals enjoyed every bit of our visit very family friendly can wait to go again 
    Great place and amazing locals enjoyed every bit of our visit very family friendly can wait to go again  more »
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  • Houses closed but view from Kinver edge worth the climb.
  • This is something of the past when people made best use of what was available to give them a better place to live. So take some sandstone and using the natural caves create your own place to live. Could be and still is damp but the temperature was always the same. Great views and tranquil. Have a cup of tea and imagine a very different way of living. This is a national trust location so there is a charge and give it a good hour and it is all done.

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