How to Find Us
Entertainment & Accommodation
The Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC), home to the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO), is situated at the site of the former Railway Station at Castle Hill in Dudley, West Midlands.
Dudley, the historic capital of the Black Country, is currently undergoing a £1 billion programme of investment and regeneration, which includes the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro Extension and a new Healthcare University Centre.
The VLRNIC is aptly positioned alongside other conservation, education and innovation organisations in the Castle Hill area, including:
How to find us
The Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC), home to the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO), is easily accessible by road or rail from major cities such as nearby Birmingham.
On completion of Phase 1 of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro Extension in 2024, we’ll have a tram station on our doorstep.
Until then, the closest railway stations are Tipton Railway Station (1.1 miles) and Dudley Port Railway Station (2.3 miles).
Uber is fully operational in Dudley, however if you wish to use an alternative taxi service, we advise you to pre-book.
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Use postcode DY1 4AL.
From the A4037 Tipton Road, turn into Discovery Way – you will see the Travelodge on your right. At the mini roundabout turn left onto Zoological Drive and then follow parking instructions depending on the purpose of your visit.
Parking & Access
The centre provides on or off-site* parking for those travelling by car.
For parking and access instructions please click the button that best reflects your attendance type:
*Off-site parking charges will apply
ENTERTAINMENT & ACCOMMODATION
The centre is within walking distance of Castlegate Park, comprising a selection of restaurants and hotels, a Showcase Cinema and Tenpin Bowling.
For visitors to our venue, we are delighted to offer a 10% discount on overnight accommodation and 25% discount on breakfast, at our partner hotel, the Village in Dudley, also a five-minute walk away at Castlegate.
To enjoy this discount, please book directly with the hotel and enter BCIMO in the ‘add code’ line.
Please note, all bookings are subject to availability, and you are subject to the hotel’s booking terms and conditions.
The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) is a not-for-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) and operator of the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC), a unique, world-class centre for rail innovation based in Dudley in the West Midlands.