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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

    • St. Paul’s Church

      Listed building
      Georgian St. Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter is also home to the church of the same name. It is famous for its acoustics, which explains why the regular organ concerts are always well attended.
      St Paul's Square
      Birmingham, B3 1QZ
      +44 121 236 78 58
      saintpaulbrum.org
    • Victoria Square

      Centre of the city
      The city’s town hall is right on Victoria Square. The square is effectively the centre of Birmingham, which makes it the perfect starting point from which to explore Birmingham and all its highlights. The pedestrian zone along New Street, for instance, to the popular and impressive Bullring shopping centre.
      Victoria Square
      Birmingham, B1 1BD
    • Aston Hall

      Hidden gem
      Aston Hall and its park are equally popular with locals and tourists. It is wonderful to stroll along the paths, past the gardens to the city’s most valuable building: Aston Hall. The precious interior that dates back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries is particularly impressive. The gallery takes visitors on a journey through Aston’s history.
      Trinity Road, Aston
      Birmingham, B6 6JD
      +44 121 348 81 00
      birminghammuseums.org.uk
    • St. Chad’s Cathedral

      Roman Catholic cathedral
      Completed in 1841, in 1850 it was granted the status of a cathedral, and was the first Roman Catholic cathedral to be built in England after the reformation.
      St Chad’s Queensway
      Birmingham, B4 6EU
      +44 121 236 22 51
      stchadscathedral.org.uk
    • Botanical Gardens

      Garden and greenhouses
      The Botanical Gardens are a popular place to come to and escape from the bustle of city life. Measuring around 6 hectares and still largely corresponding to the original designs by J.C. London, visitors will find graceful and elegant 19th-century greenhouses alongside aviaries with exotic birds. You’ll find pineapples, bananas and sugar cane in the tropical greenhouse, as well as a Japanese Garden with a bonsai collection.
      Westbourne Road, Edgbaston
      Birmingham, B15 3TR
      +44 121 454 18 60
      birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk
    • Warwick Castle

      Medieval castle
      The castle was used as a fortress until the early 17th century, then turned into a country house, remaining in the ownership of the Greville family. In 1759 the Greville family were named Earls of Warwick, which lasted until the 20th century.
      The castle was acquired by the Tussauds Group in 1978. Today, it consists of large halls, towers, delightful grounds and vast landscapes, and offers numerous exciting attractions and shows. An unforgettable day is guaranteed.
      Warwick
      Warwickshire, CV34 4QU
      +44 871 265 20 00
      warwick-castle.com
    • Thinktank

      Museum of Technology
      Visitors of all ages are simply amazed at Thinktank: by the steam engine, the 200 touch screens and displays on science and technology, the impressive digital planetarium and the Giant Screen with a modern sound system. A visit here is like an unforgettable voyage of discovery.
      Millennium Point
      Curzon Street
      Birmingham, B4 7XG
      +44 121 348 80 00
      thinktank.ac
    • Flannels

      Luxury labels
      A lovely store with fabulous designer fashions for ladies and gentlemen. Nudie’s cool and casual jeans hang beside Dsquared’s latest collection and elegant dresses by designers such as Diane von Furstenberg. All the items are presented in fabulous displays. An absolute gem for fashion-lovers.
      The Burlington Arcade
      14 Lower Temple Street
      Birmingham, B2 4JD
      +44 344 332 57 81
      flannels.com
    • New Street

      Farmer’s Market and shops
      The pedestrian zone at New Street rail station is home not only to countless shops, but also to the popular and delightful Farmer’s Market in the upper part of New Street near Victoria Square. It’s a genuine pleasure to buy regional products direct from the farmers. Freshly baked bread, organic fruit and veg, homemade scones, cakes and biscuits, a wide range of cheeses and meat of all kinds.
      Upper New Street (near Victoria Square)
      Birmingham B1 1BD
    • The Mailbox

      Exclusive
      The Mailbox complex was created here after the complete refurbishment of the old Royal Mail centre. As well as office and hotels, there is also a tremendous range of exclusive restaurants and charming cafés. Harvey Nichols stocks a wide range of exclusive brands and Armani to provide the fashions.
      7 Commercial Street
      Birmingham, B1 1RS
      +44 121 632 10 00
      mailboxlife.com
    • Jewellery Quarter

      Historic
      The countless jewellery shops in the Jewellery Quarter to the north of the centre attract shoppers like a magnet. Nowhere else is the city’s historic heritage as evident as here, thanks above all to the incomparable charm, traditional appearance of the workshops and studios and the impressive Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.
      Jewellery Quarter
      Birmingham, B18 6NF
      jewelleryquarter.net
    • Hippodrome

      Brilliant theatre
      Opera, musical, comedy or the famous Birmingham Royal Ballet – the offer at the Hippodrome is endless. The acoustics in the auditorium are excellent, the atmosphere in the foyer brilliant. An unforgettable evening is guaranteed.
      Hurst Street, Southside
      Birmingham, B5 4TB
      +44 844 338 50 00
      birminghamhippodrome.com
    • The Glee Club

      Comedy and live music
      The award-winning Glee Club in Birmingham is a genuine attraction, and absolutely must be included when planning your evening's entertainment. You can eat and drink as you shake with laughter at the comedians on stage. The popcorn is particularly good and popular. The mood is relaxed, and a great evening is guaranteed!
      The Arcadian
      Birmingham, B5 4TD
      +44 871 472 04 00
      glee.co.uk
    • The Repertory Theatre

      New theatre
      Following a two-year programme of refurbishment and modernisation, the Repertory Theatre (REP) opened its doors again in September 2013. The REP is one of the leading theatres in the UK and continues to present new theatre, contemporary comedy and newcomers as well as established professionals after its reopening.
      Broad Street
      Birmingham B1 2EP
      +44 121 236 44 55
      birmingham-rep.co.uk
    • Museum and Art Gallery

      Pre-Raphaelite works
      This Grade II* listed building houses the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works and paintings. The Pre-Raphaelites were a 19th-century group of artists who founded and shaped the art movement named after them. There are over 40 galleries with art and objects from seven centuries of European culture of world history to admire. Admission is free.
      Chamberlain Square
      Birmingham, B3 3DH
      +44 121 348 80 00
      bmag.org.uk

    LOCAL TIP

    My favourite part of Birmingham is Digbeth, which is south of the centre. The quarter is currently undergoing a transformation from an industrial quarter to being ‘in’. But unlike other cities, though, nothing is being forced here; the change is being made slowly, relaxed, and without lots of planning or involvement by the city council. Many of the lovely old factory and warehouse buildings are still there. Some are dilapidated and empty, while others have already been turned into luxury lofts or trendy vintage shops. However, there’s still a very special atmosphere that speaks of adventures and a sense of discovery. On a stroll through the area you will find old, rather ‘rocked out’ pubs, an erotic bookshop, Chinese supermarkets and trendy Indian bars – all in a row. The old brick stone buildings with washed-out signs tell the story of Birmingham’s manufacturing and trade past. Be sure to see Digbeth while this old charm still remains.

    Rebecca
    Digbeth
    West Midlands B5
    Birmingham