Speaking as a local Brummie, I know we sometimes get a few jokes and jibes about Birmingham..often accompanied by HILARIOUS comedy Birmingham accent, which by the way NEVER GETS OLD. There are, you may be surprised to hear, a whole truckload of exciting things to eat/do/see/experience in Birmingham that you’ve probably never heard of before! Well, strap yourselves in tight and prepare to be wowed by everything Birmingham has to offer aside from all the canals and comedic locals residents.
Just a few things to do in Brum that’s blow your mind:
- See a concert at Symphony hall with the world class CBSO orchestra and choir. Treat your ears to a night out and catch a festival of Vaughn Williams, Mozart or Mendelssohn. Not your thing? Symphony hall and the ICC also play host to comedians, guest speakers and conventions so get your skates on. You can also pop to the Town Hall for many more performances.
- Go see a play at the newly re-opened REP theatre and while you’re at it, pop over the Birmingham Library (next door) and take in the panoramic view of the city from one of the viewing platforms.
- Fancy a film? The Electric Cinema in the city centre is the UK’s oldest working cinema and offers the full retro viewing experience. Grab yourself a sofa if you want to recline to your heart’s content, text the waiter your drinks and nibbles order and sit back and relax with some independent cinema.
- The Custard Factory plays host to a number of exciting events and is dubbed ‘Birmingham’s creative quarter’. From vintage clothing fairs to comedy gigs to independent shops, the Custard Factory is a colourful place to visit.
- If finding a bargain is really your thing head straight to the Bull Ring, marvel at the trippy Selfridges building before exploring the labyrinthine inner workings of the shops themselves. Plenty of places to refuel with coffee and cake too if need be.
- Taking in some culture? The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has a stunning range of exhibitions including the Staffordshire Hoard. Feel free to lose yourself for a while, when you’re done you’re slap bang in the city centre and well placed for refreshment.
- Brindley Place is full of cool bars and restaurants, during the day you can sit outside by the canal and enjoy the scenery, when the nightlife kicks in grab a cocktail and some friends and hit the town.
- Cadbury World – there’s chocolate. What more incentive do you need. A little bit? Fine, see how Mr Cadbury started up his factory in the Quaker area of Birmingham and how he shaped and influenced the workers and residents around the factory. Plus, chocolate!
- Cannon Hill Park for a change of pace, has some beautiful gardens, a brand spanking new MAC centre (complete with cinema and cafe/bar) and a Nature Centre where you can go see the otters and Red Pandas having their lunch (after you’ve had yours, obviously).
- Lastly, if you fancy seeing some historical sites the Birmingham Back to Backs are your port of call. See and experience how people in Birmingham lived and worked, it’s a gem. It’s also a National Trust site.