Birmingham City Centre
Tap into the pulsating energy of this melting-pot of a city where cultures collide to create amazing music, food and art
In Birmingham, you’ll find a student-friendly city that’s fizzing with energy generated by the intermingling of its many tribes and cultures.
Start walking around the city and you’ll soon see why Birmingham has shed its former grimly industrial reputation. From Selfridges’ “bubble-wrap” exterior to the ultra-futuristic Library of Birmingham, the UK’s second city is at the cutting edge of design. You’ll also see beautiful old architecture, such as the imposing terracotta facade of heritage-listed Central Methodist Hall that now houses popular nightspot the Q Club.
Pop down to Digbeth and you’ll see that theme continue. A huge Victorian custard factory is now a hub for artists and designers, as well as housing progressive music and arts events.
Wander the city’s winding canal towpaths to discover stylish places to eat and drink, such as the upmarket Mailbox complex, looking out over the water. There’s plenty more smart options nearby but don’t forget to head to Birmingham’s Balti Triangle for some of the authentic Indian cuisine for which the city is famous.
Music is a key part of what makes Birmingham special. It may be the birthplace of heavy metal but you can also listen to the symphony orchestra or live jazz at The Jam House. The city’s electronic music scene is just as varied and vital.
Between the enormous Bullring mall, an array of shopping centres, including the elegant Great Western Arcade, and a city centre packed with high street stores and boutiques, you won’t struggle to come home laden down with shopping bags.