Bring whatever you like, but remember you have to carry it :-) Best advice bring the most comfortable shoes you have, you will be doing a lot of walking .
Birmingham is normaly cold in winter, warm in summer, but always, always have an umbrella, it has been known to rain on just one side of the street here and be sunny on the other. You can buy everything you need in the UK , but make sure you have enough prescription drugs with you to last, if you do not belong to the EU the Medical costs are high and a lot of meds can't be bought over the counter, if you are not sure go to
they have a lot of info there. The UK can deal with any of your Photographic needs it may be a little more expensive than the US and Canada though. There are a few campsite on the outskirts of Birmingham, but you wont really need bug spray in here. Just bring lots of money, Birminhgam isn't as expensive as London, but there is a lot you can do for free.
Crummy shopping centre ?
Do you get your kicks out of looking at decrepid, smelly, concrete shopping centres ?
If that is you bag, then make sure you visit the stunningly awful 'Five Ways' shopping centre.
The chances are that by the time you read this it will all (instead of just the first half) have been re-developed into some swanky glass-and-aluminium emporium and leisure complex. (thats a cinema and shops to you and me)
If you get to the Birmingham...
If you get to the Birmingham Hotel, you must walk along the strip of department stores that are up and down that street area. This is good for those who are touring and do not have access to their own vehicle.
If you like to shop, there aren't too many things that aren't being sold around that area.
By Train Plane or Coach....
By Train Plane or Coach. Birmingham is accessible with any mode of transport. once there you could travel around the city on a bus or taxi. a friendly tip when booking a taxi always ask the receptionist to ask the operator how much will the journey cost and then the driver can't charge you too much because you're a tourist.
Taxis and buses. you could hire a car but all locations do not require long distance journeys. if you wish to travel out of Birmingham to historical locations buses do have tour operators for that.
The jeera is a balti restaurant which definatley deserves mentioning. It (personally) is one of the best balti restaurant I have ever been to. Everyone else that I have introduced the restaurant to has also said the same. This restaurant definatly deserves 5 *'s.
The restaurant is quite small (which is good, because it makes the service better) very clean and the staff are very kind and welcoming. Chicken Balti