72 hours in Birmingham

Located in the heart of the Midlands, Birmingham is an accessible location with international connections. Visit now and you’ll find a city filled with a bustling foodie scene, vibrant street art and nightlife that’ll have you dancing from dusk ‘til dawn.

Discover the home of the Balti curry, wander through revitalised industrial streets on a graffiti tour, and learn more about the host city for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Or join in the celebrations of the Birmingham 2022 Festival’s jam-packed programme full of vibrant art and culture.

Day 1

Two girls in the Jewellery Quarter Museum, Birmingham

Hit the shops

Explore Britain’s heart of jewellery manufacturing, the Jewellery Quarter with over 100 specialist craft jewellers to choose from, as well as numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. More than just a historic gem in the city, it’s home to Europe’s largest School of Jewellery and boasts intricate creations from the original FA Cup to the Queen’s birthday honours medals. For a splash of art, wander to just beyond the Jewellery Quarter train station and you’ll find a Bansky original – Ryan and his Reindeer.

If it’s retail therapy you’re after, look no further than Birmingham’s Bullring, located in the heart of the city. Home to more than 200 stores and restaurants, its neighbour Grand Central also contains more than 60 premium brands. Keep an eye out for the 2.2-metre-tall bronze Bull, designed by sculptor Laurence Broderick, which stands proudly by the Bullring’s entrance.

City perspectives

For a unique way to see the sights, paddle through some of the city’s 160km of waterways on a Roundhouse kayak tour. Or if you’re seeking nature, join a Green Escape Tour to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and discover Birmingham’s green spaces.

Take the cityscape to new heights at The Library of Birmingham, Europe’s largest public library which is impossible to miss with its standout design. Venture up to the rooftop garden for citywide views from one of Birmingham’s highest points. There’s even an entire floor dedicated to one of the region’s most iconic people, William Shakespeare.

Foodies delight

Opheem Restaurant, Birmingham, West Midlands

Pick up some food from the Balti Triangle. Known as the original home of the Balti curry, a trip to Birmingham wouldn’t be complete without sampling the spiced flavours that the city has to offer. 

Or for the finer things in life, Birmingham is home to the most Michelin starred restaurants in Britain outside of London. Discover decadent elights at Adam’s, including a Signature Tasting Menu packed with delicious dishes. Or step into a world of cultural fusion at Opheem, where Indian and British cuisine comes together – five or ten-course tasting menus let you explore the flavours of both nations.

Day 2

Discover Digbeth

Birmingham’s creative quarter is filled to the brim with vibrant street art, independent shops, cafes and bustling bars. Let the twinkling fairy lights guide you as you wander through transformed Victorian industrial architecture.

Step into a neon arcade with old-school gaming at NQ64 or enjoy a movie with a bottomless brunch at the Mockingbird Cinema. For top-grade nosh from 2021 Michelin Young Chef of the Year winner Kray Tredwell – hit up 670 Grams. With its graffitied walls and downtown LA style, the restaurant is housed in the Custard Factory, allowing you to experience first-hand how the Solihull-born chef is stirring up the Michelin scene.

Touring Digbeth

Embark on a fascinating self-guided walk through art and graffiti in Digbeth. Once an unsung hotbed for street art, 2014 saw the area welcome artists from around the world to transform the streets into an outdoor gallery for City of Colours. Don’t forget to stop off to refuel along the way – try Baked in Brick for freshly-baked treats.

A hidden gem in Digbeth, Dig Brew Co serves up independently-brewed IPAs, pale ales, stouts and more. Discover the inner workings of the taproom with a brewery tour – sample new flavours as you learn about its history, brewing processes and unique ingredients. To top things off, the tour ends at the in-house pizzeria.

Explore Birmingham’s nightlife

If you’re looking for a lively night scene, check out Birdies for cocktails. Alternatively, bring out your competitive side at Roxy Ball Room, where shuffleboard, ping pong and bowling can be accompanied by craft beers and signature cocktails.

Day 3

Tuck into brunch

Dive into the flavours of Cuba at The Cuban Embassy - expect mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwiches, over 120 varieties of rum and authentic Havana cocktails. Continue into the evening and add a bit of Latin rhythm with live music playing six nights a week.

Find fresh, feel good food at Kanteen, or for something a a little more boozy discover Gas Street Social for a bottomless brunch feast at Birmingham’s longest serving indie cocktail bar.

Culture and creativity

Contemporary art in one of Birmingham’s unique neo-gothic buildings. Immerse yourself in exhibitions from paintings, sculptures and photography, and take time to visit Birmingham’s only independent arts bookshop and cafe located within the gallery.

If you’re visiting during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, keep an out for Arrivals which brings diverse exhibitions to Ikon, including Nigerian artist Abdulrazaq Awofeso’s sculptures that shed light on human migration.

Step into the world of the Peaky Blinders

Couple walking through Dudley's Black Country Living Museum.

Travel north of the city to Dudley, home of the Black Country Living Museum. As the backdrop for some scenes in hit TV show Peaky Blinders, the museum shows life in the West Midlands during the Industrial Revolution. Look out for themed events throughout the year, including behind-the-scenes tours and 1940s weekends.

28 Jul 2022(last updated)

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