07 Mar Fall in Love with Birmingham, the Second Largest City in England
What better way to get to know the true English soul in the heart of the county then by booking a weekend tour with your partner, friends or family. During just two or three days spent there, you will get in touch with the English pub culture, all the great gastronomy sites, and landmarks that will enrich your traveling experience forever. Prepare to witness with your the party sensation that this city has grown up to be.
Industrial Heart Of England That Beat With Party Energy
And what a sensation it really is! Judging by exciting Christmas parties in Birmingham and music festivals that happen throughout the year, this city that created some of the greatest names of Rock and Roll is still magnetizing tourists that look for some fun. Flights to Birmingham from most capitals of Europe cheap. There are deals that go from even 20 euros for the journey. If you are looking for these cheap alternatives then look for Ryanair or Iberia.
Birmingham Airport is one of the largest in the United Kingdom. It is located about 20 kilometers from the city center and is connected to it thanks to the “Air rail link” train system, numerous buses and private transports. The train station runs from 3:30 in the morning to 00:30 every day and the time it takes to get to the city is about 10 minutes. The transfer is super fast and the cost between 3 and 4 pounds (there are different prices, between 3.50 and 4.50 euros).
Birmingham is a very modern city and has a very good network of urban transport, with buses, railways and light rail. The best thing about it is that you can buy a combined metro and bus ticket for a day or several, a week or a month. The prices of a daily bus ticket range from € 5 (£ 4.60) to € 8 in combination with the metro service. The center of the city is quite easy to explore on foot, so if your accommodation is somewhere near you should take advantage of it and go for a walking exploration of the city center right away.
What to see in Birmingham
These are the essentials to pay a visit to once you get there. But watch out since with so many places that you can visit it’s hard to lose track of time and sometimes miss the opportunity to visit something that you wanted so bad.
The Bullring: a spectacular shopping center opened in 2004. It has a very striking architectural design, with wavy and organic shapes that make it one of the most impressive buildings in England. At the entrance to this “Bullring”, there is a striking sculpture “The bull” that is now a famous statue in the city.
The canals are one of the main attractions of the city. They were the most important form of transport during the industrialization of Birmingham. Actually, renovated and navigable, they are a very interesting place not only to sail but to spend the afternoon with a beer in hand.
The library is one of the most modern and futuristic buildings in the city. It is a work of recent creation since it opened its doors in 2013. In it, the Shakespeare Memorial Room is located for all fans of literature.
The Birmingham Cathedral is surely not the most impressive in the country but it is worth a visit. It is a Baroque temple built in 1725. Nevertheless, it’s still one of the most beautiful historical and religious buildings in the city and can be visited for free.
Sarehole Mille in the outskirts of the city is one of the places that inspired the scenarios of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, the author spent his childhood in Birmingham.
Symphony Hall is the musical center of Birmingham and one of the most important theaters in Europe. You can easily find it next to the town hall.
Victoria Square is one of the most significant squares in the city center. In it, you can find the City Hall building, Birmingham Museum, and Art Gallery.
Museums and art galleries are essential in this city, there are a good number of works of art distributed among them. Other two museums worth of mention are the Museum of Jewelry and Transport Museum.
Cadbury World is the world of chocolate. A journey through all the secrets of this delicious food, both for children and adults, what a win!
Gastronomy Side Of The Trip
In Birmingham, there are (surprisingly for many) three restaurants with Michelin stars: Purnells, Turner’s and Simpsons. It is, after London, the English city with the most stars. If you have the opportunity to dine in one of them then don’t miss it by any chance.
The fusion of Indo-British food began in Birmingham during the 80s. Mainly thanks to the arrival of a significant number of Pakistani immigrants. It is very famous the so-called “balti triangle”.
A series of streets in the south of the city, Ladypool Road, Stoney Lane, and Stratford Road, where you can taste these dishes loaded with spices that give a very exotic touch to the gastronomy of the city. Indian food is also very present in Birmingham. There are numerous places where dishes from India are served.
So at the end let’s cut to the chase and be more than practical with answering the question: How much will a trip to Birmingham cost me? Well, flights from about €50, even on weekends. Accommodation between €120 and €150 for a double room two nights in 3 and 4-star hotels. Accommodation in hostels from € 40 for a double room.
Transport combined daily ticket € 8 but as we said they include both metro and city bus.
Food prices can be between 12 and 15 pounds, that is between 15 and 20 euros which can relate to most European cities. Drinking price can vary and there are many cases. But for example, A beer (half a liter) is around 4 euros.
I hope that this brief overview of this exciting city helped you to decide whether you want to travel to the heart of England and experience British islands like never before. Whatever the reason for your visit may be, remember to have fun and try to enjoy the most while you are there. Let the experience of this adventure stay with your mind for a long time and you will probably wish to come again some time soon.