Other things to do

There is plenty of of things to do in Birmingham and it doesn’t have to be confined to shopping ‘til you drop in the Bull Ring! So here’s twenty things to do when in Brum :-


Go shopping in the Jewellery Quarter and buy something unique from one of its one hundred plus specialist retail outlets.


Visit the fascinating Pen Museum, the unique Coffin Works and the award winning Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and the Pen Room … the former voted one of the top three free attractions in Europe although there is now a modest charge.


Visit the beautiful St Paul’s Square and St Paul’s Church – Birmingham’s last remaining Georgian Square.


Go to Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery which has one of the best art collections outside London.


Visit Cadbury’s World and enjoy the history of this famous confectioner and indulge.


Enjoy Birmingham’s atmospheric outdoor fruit and veg market.


Treat yourself to a Michelin star meal at Purnell’s in Cornwall St … Brummie Glynne’s cooking reflects Birmingham’s reputation for invention.


Visit the Barber Institute at Birmingham University which has an unrivalled display of priceless paintings.


Walk the canals, remembering that Birmingham has more canals than Venice.


Enjoy the peace and quiet and wonderful range of plants at Birmingham University’s Winterbourne Gardens.


Check out Tyseley Railway Museum at one of their open days to recall the historic days of steam.


Go down the ‘Blues’ and sing their anthem ‘Keep Right on to the End of the Road’. St. Andrews is the place for real footie fans and not for poseurs!


Stay at Hatters Hostel in the Jewellery Quarter if you’re on a tight budget (located in an historic building, Vaughtons’, makers of the FA Cup).  If you’re flushed stay at the equally atmospheric Hotel Du Vin (once Birmingham’s prestigious Eye Hospital).


Go down to Digbeth and the Custard Factory (once home to Mr Custard himself Alfred Bird)….the heart of Birmingham’s Creative Quarter.


For live music in intimate surroundings, visit the Jam House, once the regular stomping ground of Jools Holland.


Take a 50 bus or taxi to Birmingham’s bohemian quarter of Moseley or travel a bit further to Kings Heath and relax with something organic in the Garden Café.


Catch a film at the Electric Cinema … old fashioned and decadent luxury.


Wander down to Digbeth’s Irish Quarter and sup a pint of Guinness at the Spotted Dog or The Old Crown, to name just a few.


Get a bus or taxi to the Dell on the Wake Green Road, Moseley and see where Tolkein got some of his inspiration to write ‘Lord of the Rings”.


Visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, one of only two independent botanical gardens left in the country. Fifteen acres bursting with exotic and unusual plants in sublime surroundings.