Guidebook for Birmingham

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Guidebook for Birmingham

Parks & Nature

There is a mix of woodland, lakes, landscaped gardens and mountain bike trails here.
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Sandwell Valley Country Park
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There is a mix of woodland, lakes, landscaped gardens and mountain bike trails here.
Landscaped park with paved trails, well-maintained flower beds and a boating lake with wildfowl. I enjoy watching the chicks grow up each year.
Handsworth Park
Landscaped park with paved trails, well-maintained flower beds and a boating lake with wildfowl. I enjoy watching the chicks grow up each year.
See https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/1220/sutton_park_map
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Sutton Park
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See https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/1220/sutton_park_map
A beautiful therapeutic community garden and a charity, located two miles from Birmingham City Centre. An oasis for wildlife, a haven of tranquillity, a destination for an outdoor escape, there are two and a half acres of organically managed landscape for you to explore. Monday to Saturday 9 - 4.30 pm, free admission.
Martineau Gardens
27 Priory Rd
A beautiful therapeutic community garden and a charity, located two miles from Birmingham City Centre. An oasis for wildlife, a haven of tranquillity, a destination for an outdoor escape, there are two and a half acres of organically managed landscape for you to explore. Monday to Saturday 9 - 4.30 pm, free admission.
Landscaped ex-railway running for approx. 2 miles from Harborne to Summerfield Park. Accessible at either end by bus and a short walk. From Summerfield Park you can walk on along the canal into Birmingham City Centre.
Harborne Walkway
Landscaped ex-railway running for approx. 2 miles from Harborne to Summerfield Park. Accessible at either end by bus and a short walk. From Summerfield Park you can walk on along the canal into Birmingham City Centre.
Midland Arts Centre: Beautifully maintained park with boating lake, access to the Rea Valley walking trail (National Cycle Network 5) and events at the MAC. The car park is operated by Birmingham City Council and also serves Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
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Cannon Hill Park
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Midland Arts Centre: Beautifully maintained park with boating lake, access to the Rea Valley walking trail (National Cycle Network 5) and events at the MAC. The car park is operated by Birmingham City Council and also serves Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
For day walks or as a whole stretch in 2-3 days of concentrated walking. The canal runs from Birmingham's suburbia to Shakespeare's Stratford in 25 - 31 (depending on source) picturesque miles. Numerous access points allow for combining walking an intermediate stretch with access by car or public transport.
Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
For day walks or as a whole stretch in 2-3 days of concentrated walking. The canal runs from Birmingham's suburbia to Shakespeare's Stratford in 25 - 31 (depending on source) picturesque miles. Numerous access points allow for combining walking an intermediate stretch with access by car or public transport.

Arts & Culture

Wonderful display of civic art, "Birmingham through the Ages" exhibition, the Edwardian Tea Shop.
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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
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Wonderful display of civic art, "Birmingham through the Ages" exhibition, the Edwardian Tea Shop.
See the thsh website for both Symphony Hall and the Town Hall - live events from Russell Brand to The Proclaimers, through Jools Holland, Idina Menzel, The Bootleg Beatles and classical concerts.
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Symphony Hall
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See the thsh website for both Symphony Hall and the Town Hall - live events from Russell Brand to The Proclaimers, through Jools Holland, Idina Menzel, The Bootleg Beatles and classical concerts.
Edwardian family house built in the Arts and Crafts style with extensive gardens featuring 6000 botanical specimens. Year-round garden tours and children’s trails, family fun days and Halloween scares: there are plenty of events at Winterbourne to suit all tastes. In the summer, enjoy a live theatrical performance staged in the botanic garden. As the days get shorter, lunchtime lectures give visitors the chance to hear experts talk on a variety of topics and projects.
Winterbourne House and Garden
Edwardian family house built in the Arts and Crafts style with extensive gardens featuring 6000 botanical specimens. Year-round garden tours and children’s trails, family fun days and Halloween scares: there are plenty of events at Winterbourne to suit all tastes. In the summer, enjoy a live theatrical performance staged in the botanic garden. As the days get shorter, lunchtime lectures give visitors the chance to hear experts talk on a variety of topics and projects.
One of the largest touring theatres in the UK, capacity 1,850 seats. Book for the best musicals, dance, opera, ballet & Birmingham's favourite pantomime.
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Birmingham Hippodrome
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One of the largest touring theatres in the UK, capacity 1,850 seats. Book for the best musicals, dance, opera, ballet & Birmingham's favourite pantomime.
Commonly known as the Alex. Offerings for 2019 include a Ghost Theatre Tour, The Illegal Eagles, Avenue Q, Glengarry Glen Ross, Yamato Drummers, Hancocks Half Hour, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, American Idiot, Burn the Floor, The Rocky Horror Show and Julian Clary - Born to Mince!
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New Alexandra Theatre
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Commonly known as the Alex. Offerings for 2019 include a Ghost Theatre Tour, The Illegal Eagles, Avenue Q, Glengarry Glen Ross, Yamato Drummers, Hancocks Half Hour, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, American Idiot, Burn the Floor, The Rocky Horror Show and Julian Clary - Born to Mince!
Renowned venue hosting productions in an auditorium without balconies, pillars or boxes, ensuring a good view.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Renowned venue hosting productions in an auditorium without balconies, pillars or boxes, ensuring a good view.
The Crescent is one of Birmingham’s oldest theatre companies, operating from a purpose built theatre in Brindleyplace. It has a membership in excess of 250 actors, technicians, set designers, etc. There is a 300+ seat main house, 100+ seat studio theatre, rehearsal rooms and spacious bar. It stages about 15 productions a year ourselves and hosts numerous other companies, small and large, offering a wide variety of productions.
Crescent Theatre
The Crescent is one of Birmingham’s oldest theatre companies, operating from a purpose built theatre in Brindleyplace. It has a membership in excess of 250 actors, technicians, set designers, etc. There is a 300+ seat main house, 100+ seat studio theatre, rehearsal rooms and spacious bar. It stages about 15 productions a year ourselves and hosts numerous other companies, small and large, offering a wide variety of productions.
An independent theatre located in the Jewellery Quarter in the centre of Birmingham. It opened in April 2011, aiming to showcase new drama and writing from the city. The main auditorium is a 107-seat theatre in the round, with the site also including a bar and a rehearsal studio. The theatre acts as a producing theatre staging work by its own company, as well as hosting performances from visiting theatre companies.
Blue Orange Theatre
118 Great Hampton St
An independent theatre located in the Jewellery Quarter in the centre of Birmingham. It opened in April 2011, aiming to showcase new drama and writing from the city. The main auditorium is a 107-seat theatre in the round, with the site also including a bar and a rehearsal studio. The theatre acts as a producing theatre staging work by its own company, as well as hosting performances from visiting theatre companies.
Welcomes you to a wide programme of things to see and do from cinema, theatre, exhibitions, courses, and markets. Free parking, and set in the splendours of Cannon Hill Park.
Midlands Arts Centre
Welcomes you to a wide programme of things to see and do from cinema, theatre, exhibitions, courses, and markets. Free parking, and set in the splendours of Cannon Hill Park.
A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. The shop, cafe and temporary exhibition space are FREE to enter. Charges apply to the tour of the Smith and Pepper factory and the galleries. Book a tour: 0121 348 8263. Open Tuesday to Saturday plus bank holiday Mondays.
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Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
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A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. The shop, cafe and temporary exhibition space are FREE to enter. Charges apply to the tour of the Smith and Pepper factory and the galleries. Book a tour: 0121 348 8263. Open Tuesday to Saturday plus bank holiday Mondays.
Experience how this old Jewellery Quarter firm once operated on a day-to-day basis, producing some of the world’s finest coffin furniture, including the fittings for the funerals of Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother. The Newman Brothers’ collection is both extensive and unique, contributing to our understanding of the changing attitudes to death.
The Coffin Works
13-15 Fleet St
Experience how this old Jewellery Quarter firm once operated on a day-to-day basis, producing some of the world’s finest coffin furniture, including the fittings for the funerals of Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother. The Newman Brothers’ collection is both extensive and unique, contributing to our understanding of the changing attitudes to death.

Shopping

Selfridges, Debenhams and everything in-between. Lots of restaurants.
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The Bullring
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Selfridges, Debenhams and everything in-between. Lots of restaurants.
Newest addition to Birmingham - the shops and restaurants at the new, New Street station
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Grand Central
68A E Mews
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Newest addition to Birmingham - the shops and restaurants at the new, New Street station
Bullring Rag Market
50 Edgbaston St
Bull Ring Indoor Market

Essentials

Just around the corner
Tesco Express
Just around the corner
Five-minute walk
The Co-operative Food
10 Church Ln
Five-minute walk
Stuff happens. If you need to stay locally for treatment or to visit a patient, I'd love to be here for you. Easily accessible: 10 minutes by car, 15 minutes by bus - on the 11A/11C route at both ends.
Birmingham City Hospital
Stuff happens. If you need to stay locally for treatment or to visit a patient, I'd love to be here for you. Easily accessible: 10 minutes by car, 15 minutes by bus - on the 11A/11C route at both ends.
Stuff happens. If you need to stay locally for treatment or to visit a patient, I'd love to be here for you. Sandwell can be reached in 15 minutes by car, by public transport (2 buses) or by foot (45 minute walk through the lovely Priory Woods and across Dartmouth Park).
Sandwell General Hospital
Stuff happens. If you need to stay locally for treatment or to visit a patient, I'd love to be here for you. Sandwell can be reached in 15 minutes by car, by public transport (2 buses) or by foot (45 minute walk through the lovely Priory Woods and across Dartmouth Park).

Getting Around

Trains to Birmingham twice an hour. Local shopping centre nearby.
Perry Barr
Trains to Birmingham twice an hour. Local shopping centre nearby.
Trains to Birmingham twice an hour.
Hamstead
Trains to Birmingham twice an hour.
See www.nxbus.co.uk
Oxhill Road
See www.nxbus.co.uk
Also a departure point for The Shakespeare Express steam service to Stratford on Avon
Snow Hill Railway Station
Also a departure point for The Shakespeare Express steam service to Stratford on Avon
Also a departure point for The Shakespeare Express steam service to Stratford on Avon
Birmingham Moor Street
Also a departure point for The Shakespeare Express steam service to Stratford on Avon

Food Scene

Delicious food at reasonable prices and good service, by the canals.
Café Rouge
Delicious food at reasonable prices and good service, by the canals.
Yum! Probably not recommended if you are on a diet ...
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (Birmingham Brindleyplace)
Yum! Probably not recommended if you are on a diet ...
5/5 for everything - a taste of the Middle East and North Africa.
Damascena Birmingham City Centre
5-7 Temple Row W
5/5 for everything - a taste of the Middle East and North Africa.
So popular that you should pre-book
The Black Eagle
16 Factory Rd
So popular that you should pre-book
Local venue, tasty food
Istanbul Restaurant
2 Stockwell Rd
Local venue, tasty food
Meat-free pizzas with a creative Indian spin served in a simple family-run restaurant. Five minute walk from my house.
Mr Singh's
103 Cornwall Rd
Meat-free pizzas with a creative Indian spin served in a simple family-run restaurant. Five minute walk from my house.
They say: The finest quality Indian cuisine in the West Midlands. We offer an extensive yet inexpensive à la carte menu which caters for all...we also offer a range of traditional Great British pub grub ... a comprehensive range of beverages, from lagers, ciders, bitters and mild from draft or a considerable choice of bottled beers and three Guest Ales.
The New Soho Tavern
407 Park Rd
They say: The finest quality Indian cuisine in the West Midlands. We offer an extensive yet inexpensive à la carte menu which caters for all...we also offer a range of traditional Great British pub grub ... a comprehensive range of beverages, from lagers, ciders, bitters and mild from draft or a considerable choice of bottled beers and three Guest Ales.
Food, music and drinks
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Kitchen Garden Cafe
17 York Road
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Food, music and drinks
Wing Wah Chinese Restaurant
8 Wrottesley St
Open buffet
All-day British chain brasserie and bar with lobster nights and afternoon tea in grand cafe setting. The set price menu is £10.95 for two courses, £14.95 for three.
Browns
7 Spiceal St
All-day British chain brasserie and bar with lobster nights and afternoon tea in grand cafe setting. The set price menu is £10.95 for two courses, £14.95 for three.
Cappadocia Restaurant is a few metres away from the iconic Chamberlain clock, located in the heart of the historical Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. Serves a menu of Turkish, British and American themes from 8 am to 11 pm every day except Sunday, when it is 9 am to 10 pm.
Cappadocia Restaurant
33 Frederick St
Cappadocia Restaurant is a few metres away from the iconic Chamberlain clock, located in the heart of the historical Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. Serves a menu of Turkish, British and American themes from 8 am to 11 pm every day except Sunday, when it is 9 am to 10 pm.
The stunning design of the current Bartons Arms remains one of the finest examples of Victorian pub architecture and one of the most beautiful pub interiors in the country. It is a Grade 2* listed building known for it's Thai food, award-winning craft beers and ales, glorious interior and showbusiness associations.
The Bartons Arms
144 High St
The stunning design of the current Bartons Arms remains one of the finest examples of Victorian pub architecture and one of the most beautiful pub interiors in the country. It is a Grade 2* listed building known for it's Thai food, award-winning craft beers and ales, glorious interior and showbusiness associations.
A Brunning and Price pub restaurant. Menus are amended daily to reflect freshly bought ingredients. The pub appears on the iFootpath app "so that you can work up an appetite". A huge reclaimed wooden bar at the heart of the building houses 8 local cask ales, with plenty of room for a 50 strong wine list and array of spirits. It’s off this area that you will find smaller rooms to squirrel away in if you choose to have more intimacy or you can opt for the light and airy garden room overlooking the flag stone walled terrace garden to the rear of the pub.
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The Physician
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A Brunning and Price pub restaurant. Menus are amended daily to reflect freshly bought ingredients. The pub appears on the iFootpath app "so that you can work up an appetite". A huge reclaimed wooden bar at the heart of the building houses 8 local cask ales, with plenty of room for a 50 strong wine list and array of spirits. It’s off this area that you will find smaller rooms to squirrel away in if you choose to have more intimacy or you can opt for the light and airy garden room overlooking the flag stone walled terrace garden to the rear of the pub.

Sightseeing

Catedral de Birmingham
Birmingham social history - in the area where Peaky Blinders (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03vcbj6) is set.
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National Trust - Birmingham Back to Backs
50-54 Inge St
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Birmingham social history - in the area where Peaky Blinders (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03vcbj6) is set.
A large selection of jewellery and metalwork with an added dollop of history at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.
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Jewellery Quarter
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A large selection of jewellery and metalwork with an added dollop of history at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.
Original buildings from around the Black Country, transported and re-assembled to illustrate local history, with costumed staff to add ambience. Traditional funfair amusements, food and sweets available, also a tram ride and a mine tour.
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Black Country Living Museum
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Original buildings from around the Black Country, transported and re-assembled to illustrate local history, with costumed staff to add ambience. Traditional funfair amusements, food and sweets available, also a tram ride and a mine tour.
See: Water Dragons, Snow Leopards, Penguins, Pythons, Barbary Sheep, Chimpanzees, a Giant Turtle, Meerkats ... or book an Animal Experience e.g. Tickle a Tapir, or Feed a Big Cat (age-specific, three days a week).
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Dudley Zoo and Castle.
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See: Water Dragons, Snow Leopards, Penguins, Pythons, Barbary Sheep, Chimpanzees, a Giant Turtle, Meerkats ... or book an Animal Experience e.g. Tickle a Tapir, or Feed a Big Cat (age-specific, three days a week).
Buses Commercial Vehicles Private Cars Transport Memorabilia ... All with a West Midlands connection. You will also see vehicles in various stages of restoration, and we intend to have many of these back to roadworthy condition soon. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday all year.
Aldridge Transport Museum
Buses Commercial Vehicles Private Cars Transport Memorabilia ... All with a West Midlands connection. You will also see vehicles in various stages of restoration, and we intend to have many of these back to roadworthy condition soon. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday all year.