Dudley is located in the Balck Country. The Black Country is the industrial region to the west of, and separate from, Birmingham in the Midlands of England. It gained its name in the mid nineteenth century due to the smoke from the many thousands of ironworking foundries and forges and the nature of the countryside which had been covered by dark spoil from the working of shallow and relatively thick (30ft) coal seams.

Today the Black Country is made up of areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton .Places of interest include the Black country museum, Dudley zoo and the Merry hill Shopping centre.