One day in Birmingham
In the heart of the Midlands, you will find the city of Birmingham. It is known for its cultural diversity, canals, chocolate history and shopping – to mention but a few. The welcoming nature of the ‘Brummie’ capital means that it is an interesting and unique place to explore. A wealth of cultural sites, culinary adventures, as well as football stadiums and shopping paradises, means that there is something for everyone in Birmingham. The heart of the city is easy to explore on foot or for the more adventurous explorer – why not try the canal network? There are said to be more canals in Birmingham than in Venice!
The early bird catches the worm
There are a lot of shopping centres in Birmingham – The Pallasades, Bullring & The Mailbox, with the third being slightly more high-end. Whatever your budget may be, we recommend you start the day, and beat the crowds, by exploring the heart of Birmingham and the shopping the city offers. All of the above-mentioned shopping centres are within walking distance of the New Street Station, so don’t worry about trying to figure out public transport –there really is no need. Each shopping centre offers excellent places to have breakfast, or maybe just pick up a bite to eat on the way.
Why not catch up on a bit of reading?
After a good breakfast, head to Broad Street, and see the eye-catching, post-modern architecture of Birmingham’s library. The library was only opened in September 2013, and presents the new vision for Birmingham. The design is so unique, which is probably the reason why it has won so many architectural awards. It is also a totally digitalised library, and built in an energy-efficient manner. This is a visionary building that represents the Birmingham of the future. If the weather is nice, explore the rooftop gardens and the fabulous views over Birmingham.
Step back in time
In stark contrast to the modernity of the new library, we recommend that you head to Back to Backs. The National Trust charity offers a unique opportunity to step back in time, and experience what life was like living in Birmingham between the 1840s and 1970s. The name ‘Back to Backs’ comes from the fact that the houses were built back to back around a communal courtyard. Experience everything from a 1930s sweetshop to a tailor’s shop, and enjoy this fascinating glimpse of social history. Tours are available from Tuesday through to Sunday, and you can book online.
Time for a bite to eat
After soaking up a bit of culture, it is time a bit of lunch. The Warehouse Café situated only a 10 minute walk from Back to Backs offers delicious freshly cooked lunches and dinners. The cafe is instantly recognisable with the red-brick and bright green window shutters. Inside the incredible food is a delight to look at, and even better to taste! Even though this is a vegetarian restaurant the menu is diverse and offers healthy, creative dishes for even for non-vegetarians. The warm and relaxing atmosphere makes it s perfect place to enjoy lunchtime before exploring more of the city.
The Jewellery Quarter
Even if you don’t want to pick up something sparkly for a loved one, The Jewellery Quarter is worth an afternoon trip. This world-famous area of Birmingham is stepped in history, and St Paul’s church, and the surrounding square, is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture.
Finish your day with a relaxing meal
So, time for dinner. Why not end your day with a mouth-watering steak at Anderson’s Bar & Grill? It’s only a 5 minute walk from the Jewellery Quarter on Mary Ann Street. The restaurant resides in eighteenth century cellars, and offers a selection of steaks all carefully sourced from local butchers. Relax after your day of exploration with a nice glass of wine from the menu, and the steak of your choice.