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I had no idea how many delights there are to explore in Birmingham! If you’re looking for great museums, architecture and places to shop, then it’s definitely worth a visit.
I went for the day but aim to return and stay longer. There are plenty of places to stay in Birmingham. If you are flying in then you can stay in a Birmingham airport hotel. Otherwise, there are plenty of other hotels in the city centre.
I visited on the train from Cheltenham – which takes only 40-50 minutes. Most attractions and shops are within walking distance from New Street Station. I would highly recommend a visit to the fantastic Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It’s housed in a Grade II listed city centre building and has the most wonderful Edwardian tearoom. I loved the museum’s Local History section which is very thorough and charts the historical journey of Birmingham from market town to industrial city.
The museum also has a gallery dedicated to the Staffordshire Hoard – this is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered. You can see the glittering array of hundreds of conserved pieces. You can then explore the art in the museum which includes greats such as, Picasso, Rossetti and Lowry.
Birmingham Library is also worth a visit. It’s housed in a huge building that looks a bit like a giant Lego block! You can explore the many floors which host various delights including the Shakespeare Memorial Room and Secret Garden!
Having never visited Birmingham for shopping before, I was quite overwhelmed by my experience of the Bullring. Built on the site of the historical market ‘bullring’ where real bulls were tied up, it is now a massive glass-topped shopping centre and Birmingham’s premier shopping destination with over 200 stores including John Lewis and Selfridges. There are a vast number of great places to eat within the Bullring so you can refuel while shopping!
I will certainly return and stay overnight to experience more of this vibrant and fascinating city. If I’m bringing the family, I plan to visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and research more of the city’s history. There’s also the Jewellery Quarter to explore and the Custard Factory – a hub with lots of independent shops, cafes and bars. I can’t wait to return!