As you probably know, Birmingham is my home city. Even though I live in Winchester at the moment, Birmingham will always be home to me and will always have a special place in my heart. I just love the whole city and how diverse it is, there’s so much to see and do no matter what you enjoy. It’s great during the day for shopping but is also brilliant at night if you’re looking for a night out. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, you should consider serviced apartments so you get a real feel of what it is like to live in Birmingham.
Many people will check out hotels which are often overpriced, whereas if you stay in a serviced apartment you can save a lot of money, you can stay in the heart of the city and you will have a lot more freedom than what a hotel offers and it’s more of a home away from home feel. Staying in an apartment feels a lot more luxurious than it does when you stay in a hotel so close to the city centre, you get a lot more for your money and there’s all of the facilities that you will need such as a kitchen, a television and wifi. You can save on paying for expensive hotel food by ordering in a takeaway to your apartment!
At the moment, the famous Frankfurt Christmas Market is on which brings in hundreds of thousands of tourists and gets better every year. Birmingham isn’t just great at Christmas though, here’s some reasons why you should visit:
There are a lot of great places to shop in Birmingham, no matter what you’re looking for you can always find what you want. The main shopping centre in Birmingham is of course, the Bullring. Here you will find two huge department stores, Selfridges and Debenhams and there are over 200 other shops for you to choose from as well as a huge selection of restaurants if you’re feeling a bit peckish after all that shopping.
Attached to the main train station in Birmingham is Grand Central. Grand Central only opened in 2015 and features a massive John Lewis department store, Cath Kidston, Joules, MAC, Jo Malone, Flying Tiger and many more. There’s a lot of great places to eat if you’re looking for a quick lunch, I highly recommend Yo Sushi, Ed’s Diner or Tortilla.
If you’re more into your designer shops then head over to the Mailbox. They have yet another department store, Harvey Nichols along with Calvin Klein, Paul Smith, Armani and Daniel Footwear. There’s also plenty of restaurants overlooking the canal out the back of the Mailbox which makes for a great start to a night out.
If you’re into the clubbing scene then you can head over to Broad Street which is always buzzing on a Friday and Saturday night with its famous bars and Pryzm nightclub. There’s so many bars and restaurants along there and nearby Brindley Place.
If you’re into theatre then there’s plenty to keep you entertained in Birmingham with the Hippodrome, Alexandra Theatre and the Rep. If comedy is more your thing, you should check out the Glee Club in the Arcadian. There’s also several different music venues if you are like me and love live music – have a look at the O2 Institute, O2 Academy, Symphony Hall, The Arena or Genting Arena. There’s always something on in Birmingham that’s worth checking out.
For the kids
If you have kids, then there’s plenty of things to do in Birmingham. One of the best places in the city centre is the Sealife Centre. There’s so many creatures there, from penguins, to sharks, to otters – it’s more than just fish and makes a great day out!
Just outside the centre in Bournville is Cadbury World which is a must visit for any chocolate lover. You can spend the day learning more about the brand and walking around the factory watching as they make your favourite chocolatey snacks. My favourite thing about Cadbury World is getting to choose a couple of items to smother in melted chocolate in a cup.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is great for older children and there’s so much to learn about. There’s an Egyptian section with real mummies and you can also check out the famous Staffordshire Hoard which caused quite a stir when it was first discovered in 2009!
Think Tank is an interactive science museum which has over 200 hands on displays on science and technology. This is the best place to take your budding scientists in the city!