Visiting Birmingham

What else can you do in the area

There are many attractions in and around Birmingham to see. So if you are coming to UK Games Expo why not make a holiday of it.

Here is a bucket list of stuff to do in Birmingham.

Visit Birmingham contains more information on these and other attractions: http://visitbirmingham.com

Also consider a visit to magnificent Warwick Castle or Shakespeare's Stratford - both less than 30 minutes away from the NEC by car or Train.

Shopping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Bull Ring shopping centre which is built on 3 levels and the surrounding New Street region and markets represent a huge area of shops from small boutiques to large department stores. Selfridges food hall in particular is worth the visit if only to stare! Much better to pull up a stool to one of the food bars and try a variety of cuisine. Bargain hunters head for the near by Outdoor, Indoor and Flea markets.

Culture

Theatre and music lovers can visit any of several theaters including the massive symphony Hall and the Hippodrome. Birmingham - in particular the LG Arena and the NIA - often host rock concerts so check their schedules. Several city pubs have small jazz bands.

http://livebrum.co.uk/ gives details of what's on.

Attractions

The Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston contains extensive gardens as well as large glass houses with environments ranging from rainforest to arid desert. It's a tranquil beautiful place. Sarehole Mill is the site of a Tudor period watermill later rebuilt in the 18th century and in particular an inspiration for Tolkien who lived just yards away. Close by is a forest which was the origins of the Old Forest and Mirk Wood (you can see the house he lived in. Tolkien fans might wish to follow the Tolkien Trail (Best done by car but possible via buses etc)

Birmingham has a number of museums and heritage buildings. These include the Stuart Era Aston Hall , Elizabethan Blakesley Hall, the Museum of Birmingham Jewelry Quarter (still a thriving industry) and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery where parts of the Staffordshire Horde are held.

Not far away in Dudley (check local transport via trains etc) is the Black Country Museum. It was here that the industrial revolution took hold in a massive scale. The Black Country Museum is a fantastic living museum with original buildings brought from far and wide and museum staff as inhabitants. You can even buy fish and chips in the chippy there and have a pint in the pub or watch a silent movie.

For sports fans Edgbaston test Cricket ground may be holding some domestic or international matches. See http://www.edgbaston.com/

Aston Villa and Birmingham City Football Stadium often offer tours.

Eating out

After all that activity you will be hungry. Or maybe you fancy a drink or some nightlife. Some parts of Birmingham come alive at night time. Broad Street and near by Brindley place (which is in and around the canal quarter) are home to a huge number of pubs, restaurants and night clubs. They cuisine varies from pub grub to italian to thai and even the odd burger joint.

China town is near by the Bull Ring and Indoor Markets. I recommend the Chung Ying for authentic chinese food but there are dozens of options around that area as well as South American and Japanese.

Finally we have the Balti Triangle. This is around the Sparkbrook and Sparkhill areas of the city a couple of miles to the south. Dozens of Indian and subcontinent restaurants compete for your attention. Many do table Naan's -vast pieces of bread.

So lots of choices and places to go. Hope you enjoy it.