Explore Birmingham in One Day24.11.15
Birmingham frequently graces top 10 lists of the world's best cities to visit and for a good reason. With its variety of architectura...
Birmingham frequently graces top 10 lists of the world's best cities to visit and for a good reason. With its variety of architectural styles, old industrial districts, vintage shops, independent food scene and street food stalls, the beautiful Grand Central shopping centre, and a newly renovated train station, Birmingham is a city bursting with culture and creativity.
There are so many reasons to visit in Birmingham, but if you only have one day here are my favourite places to visit.
Tour the Museum of the Jewellery QuarterBook a tour around the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and experience what it was like to work in the Smith and Pepper jewellery factory in 1899. The building remains exactly as it did since the day the factory closed for good, the workers tools left sprawled on the work benches with jewellery littering the shelves. The museum tells the story of Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter, including a demonstration of jewellery making techniques, and a tour around the actual factory itself.
Grab Lunch at Peel & Stone BakeryIf you're looking for a delicious, healthy, and wholesome lunch, visit Peel & Stone. Based in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, this bakery specialises in handmade slow leavened bread to create the best sandwiches you'll ever eat. Don't forget to grab a brownie while you're there, and say hello to Dom for me.
Explore the StreetsThere is a lot of charm to be found in Birmingham's city centre; you could take a walking tour with a resident guide or simply explore the city on your own. Birmingham's streets has plenty to share in both the industrial and residential districts. The variety of architectural designs are adored with both ghost signs and coat of arms crests and the canal system stretches for miles.
Visit the Birmingham Museum and Art GalleryThe Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery first opened in 1885 and is housed in a Grade II listed building making it a landmark in the city. The museum features over 40 galleries including local history collections, pre-Raphaelite art galleries, the larges hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold called the Staffordshire Hoard, and Ancient Egyptian artifacts alongside special events and exhibitions.
Photograph by Jack Spicer Adams