Birmingham Travel Guide

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Birmingham Highlights

  • Pro
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     Plenty to see and do - Canals, Shopping, Museums, Music Venues, Friendly locals. 

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     Can be really busy and conjested 

  • In a nutshell
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     Up and coming, and more history than you would have thought! 

Birmingham Things to Do

  • Cadbury World

    Discover the history of chocolate and see it being made. The Cadbury factory at Bournville has a visitor centre that is dedicated to the history of chocolate. Visitors can learn about how cocoa beans are grown, how they came to be imported to Europe and made into the chocolate that we know today. There is also a factory shop where visitors can...

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  • Bull Ring

    I always go to Birmingham to shop. With four large shopping centres in the city centre, you really are spoilt for choice. Also the main streets in the city centre are full of shops and pubs too. You really can shop until you drop! My usual first port of call is the Bullring centre. This is one of my favourites as it was recently built in 2003 and...

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  • Victoria Square

    Victoria Square, formerly known as Council House Square, is considered Birmingham's central focal point and also this where the city's Town Hall and Council House are situated. The square was renamed in honour of Queen Victoria in 1901, with its statue, just days before her death. The square is where the city's main roads me and is links the...

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Birmingham Restaurants

  • Balti Triangle Info

    Award winning Chef and friendly, stylish restaurant with food to delight, savour and wish I could get them to franchise in Australia! The Indian migrants were on a winner by giving Brummies an alternative to bland Anglo food. especially after the clubs and pubs closed! The food is exquisite and good value. 5-10pounds. The staff always courteous...

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  • Petit Blanc

    Petit Blanc is a smart and sophisticated venue owned by the amazing Raymond Blanc. It has recently changed its name to Brasserie Blanc, but still has the same great food and atmosphere. I have been loads of times to the Birmingham one in Brindley Place and have always used my Gourmet Society card ( http://www.thegourmetsociety.co.uk )which has...

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  • The Bank

    It's large, it's contemporary, it's a destination, it's part of the Brindley Place development. Bank has basically everything going for it. Thankfully, the kitchens live up to expectations. Walk past the lively and chic bar (or stop off for a pre-dinner/lunch drink), past the open-plan kitchen and on to the open dining area at the back. The menu...

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Birmingham Nightlife

  • Broad Street

    If its nightlife your after you can't fail to find something that appeals to you in Broad Street. With over 40 Bars, Clubs & Restuarants there really is something for everyone. Rock music, Dance music, Comedy, Casinos, Lap Dancing Bars, etc etc The majority of Bars and Clubs require a smart dress code - eg no trainers or blue jeans.

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  • China Town

    As with any large city, Birmingham has its own China Town. As you would expect this is where the best chinese restuarants are. This place also has a thriving nightlife, with plenty of bars, clubs and theatres. Note - beware however, as this is near to the Village (gay epiecentre of Birmingham) - unless thats your thing of course. Depends where...

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  • Theatre

    The main reason why I was in Birmingham in April and May 2013 was to see two 'The Phantom of the Opera' performances at the Birmingham Hippodrome. I went to two amazing performances at this theatre including the final performance of the 2012/13 Phantom UK tour as Birmingham was the last stop on the tour. I like the Birmingham Hippodrome especially...

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Birmingham Transportation

  • Train

    Getting around/to/from the city/airport by train was easy. Trains to/from the airport take between 9 minutes and 15. Even on a Sunday they are frequent - maybe 10-15 minutes apart. I also travelled to/from Sheffield on Cross Country Trains. The one to Sheffield on a Sunday morning was slow, but on time and comfortable. The train back the next day...

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  • Buses

    On 31.7.06 a new FREE bus service started between the three main railway stations (New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill), Digbeth Coach Station, the Millenium Point and the Markets. The bus is wheelchair friendly, has room for luggage and is available for all not just rail passengers. It only has those 6 stops and is every 5-8 minutes from 7.00am...

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  • Plane

    Birmingham is a hub airport for flybe - the airline I used. They are in the low cost & no frills category, but perfectly good most of the time (I seem to use them about once a year - Belfast & Southampton recently). My fare was about £70 return (no luggage to check in) booked many weeks in advance. The outbound flight was about an hour late....

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Birmingham Shopping

  • Bull Ring

    Birmingham’s bullring is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. It is right in the heart of the city. There are over 140 shops including Debenhams and Selfridges. you can buy almost anything here.

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  • Mailbox

    The Mailbox has only a few shops but they are designers, you have an Armani shop, Harvey Nicholls Store, Toni & Guy Salons, Nicky Clarke Salons, Hugo Boss, DKNY, Belle Scarpe & much more. your designer clothes & 1 offs Here you can expect to pay more than your average shops as its all designers

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  • Great Western Arcade

    Great Western Arcade offers a different type of shopping, with a different mix of retailers. Set in a Victorian architecture with shopes ranging from small boutiques to the usual high street shops. You will find something in the Great Western Arcade to suit you.

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Birmingham Local Customs

  • March - Crufts

    Dog ShowCrufts, the annual dog show presented by The Kennel Club is the largest show of its kind in the world. Crufts celebrates every aspect of the role that dogs play in our lives and competitions include dog agility, obedience flyball and heelwork to music. The very first Crufts was held at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington in 1891.We...

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  • St. Patricks Day

    Every St. Patricks day in birmingham, Digbeth is shut down for the St. Patricks day parades. Digbeth is full of little Irish pubs. If you are planning to come to Birmingham when its St. Patricks day then I would steer clear of Digbeth (unless you want to see the parades) because you won't get very far from early hours in the morning untill early...

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  • Balti

    Birmingham is home of the Balti which is an Indian dish, Birmingham has many Balti restaurants throughout the city. Everyone has its own unique taste and individual style so all are worth a try.

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Birmingham Warnings and Dangers

  • Dodgy Areas

    I’m a guy in his mid-twenties who has lived and worked in Birmingham all his life. From pubs to offices I’ve seen it all as well as being well travelled throughout the UK and various other counties. I’ve been mugged once as a young teenager in Birmingham and attempted mugged 3 times. Twice in other cities and once here. The opportunist thinks that...

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  • use your head

    I’m a guy in his mid-twenties who has lived and worked in Birmingham all his life. From pubs to offices I’ve seen it all as well as being well travelled throughout the UK and various other counties.I’ve been mugged once as a young teenager in Birmingham and attempted mugged 3 times. Twice in other cities and once here. The opportunist thinks that...

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  • Dodgy areas

    The sad truth is that most of Birmingham is dodgy. The least dodgy areas are as stated in other posts - parts of Edgbaston, Moseley, Sutton C, Harborne, Selly Oak, Hall Green. The most dangerous areas really depend on you ethnicity. White people list predominantly Asian/Black Areas (mainly areas bordering the centre), but if you are not white you...

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Birmingham Tourist Traps

  • Centenary Square - Where it all happens

    Centenary Square is a central point for various events throughout the year - it once was the home of the "Birmingham Eye" - a big wheel similar to the one in London.It is a central celebration point at New Year. Make sure you visit on your way to - or from - the Gas Street Basin canal complex - it is likely that you would pass through here anyway....

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  • Driving

    If you are driving out of the city centre towards alum rock way, DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT drive up alum rock road!!! It is the worst road in England for getting parking tickets so do not park on that road neither. Try using Washwood heath road or another road to find your way around alum rock road.

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  • Shopping malls!

    Well they trap me most weekends! The immediate city center is dominated by them, and some of the malls are pretty big too... But when they are as stunning as this one, you shouldn't mind being trapped... Buy some new clothes, the clothes shops here are amazing. Find another mall to go to!

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Birmingham What to Pack

  • Bag

    Always bring a bag out with you to store your cameras, maps, phones and anyhing else that you will bring because1 u can never rely on the weather and equipment can get water damage2 u can never be to certain - no matter where you are - people have guts in Birmingham3 its safer anyway!

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  • Maps

    Maps will be needed to get round Birmingham, some places (especially Birmingham city centre) will be quite confusing and as its so busy all the time its best to know where your going before you set out

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  • Useful things...

    Keep it small if using public transport. There is no central interchange so you will be lugging stuff around quite a lot. being britain expect changeable weather. Even if visitng in the summer be sure to pack an umbrella or lightweight rain coat. Winter and early srping (November through April) can be bitterly cold and windy. Summers tend to be...

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Birmingham Off The Beaten Path

  • Nearby Attractions

    Birmingham is slap bang in the middle of England. With an excellent public transport system, there are literally hundreds of locations within a hour or so of the CBD by train or bus. Hiring a car makes the more inaccessible or less well-served-by-public-transport places easily reached. The immediate vicinity is rich in English history -...

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  • Parks

    Cannon Hill is a reasonably sized park just on the out skirts of the city centre its about 5 to 10 minutes away on the bus ( no 45 or 47 from ouside the palisades shopping centre). it has a large collection of pools, flowers, trees and wildlife. also has tea rooms and the midlands art centre.

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  • Canals

    Many locals and tourists don't have the Birmingham Canal Network in mind when having a holiday - obviously I wouldn't suggest in Winter, but it is good to take a sideways trip from the city sights and experiences to go to the Gas St. Basin/Brindley Place. All the canals which transported goods at the birth of the Industrial Revolution from...

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Birmingham Sports & Outdoors

  • Football (Soccer)

    The football teams of the area have been doing relatively well of late with three teams in the English Premiership, after several years in the doldrums. Aston Villa, is by far the biggest of the teams and is based at Villa Park which you cannot miss seeing from the Motorway spur as you drive into the heart of Brum. They still have failed to...

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  • West midland football teams

    The football teams of the area have been doing relatively well of late with three teams in the English Premiership, after several years in the doldrums.Aston Villa, is by far the biggest of the teams and is based at Villa Park which you cannot miss seeing from the Motorway spur as you drive into the heart of Brum. They still have failed to capture...

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  • Aston Villa

    Villa Park home to Aston Villa FC. One of the oldest stadiums in Europe and it has hosted many of classic game, with my Club Manchester United involved in some of them.There was the classic fa cup semi final with Arsenal and THAT GOAL from Giggs. Not forgetting the thumping we took on the first day of the season where "You don't win anything with...

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Birmingham Favorites

  • Walking Tours

    Walk up New Street to Victoria Square. At the end of New Street facing you is the Town Hall. In 1830 there was a competition for a new town hall in Birmingham with less than two months allowed for the preparation of designs. The design chosen was that of Joseph Hansom and E Welsh, based on the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Construction began in...

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  • Football (Soccer)

    Name Birmingham City Nickname The Blues Stadium St Andrews League Play In Premier League Honours Home Kit Blue shirt, white shorts and blue socks Away Kit The Blues are Aston Villas fiercest rivals although they very rarely play each other because they have been in diferent divisions for so

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  • Museums & Galleries

    The Shakespeare Memorial Library is housed in a private room within the Central Library complex. It is squeezed into the concrete mass alongside the Adrian Boult Hall. The room itself is not generally open to the public but can be view by scholars and small parties. The Library was founded in 1864 by the local Shakespeare Club. The Library contains...

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