Birmingham, England, UK. A relatively small city located approximately 2 hours (by train) from London. It is the second most populated city in the UK and is often labeled the UK’s second city.
For someone who has travelled Europe and ventured to Central America, I thought it was important to start exploring my backyard. If you read my previous post, you would have seen that I took a trip to Brighton as part of my first step into venturing around the UK. I have visited Brighton several times before, but this time I decided to take a trip by myself and explore more of the city.
So Birmingham.. what is it that you have to offer? Honestly, I stepped out of the station and was just winging it. Especially as I had written a list of places to see but they were in Birmingham, Alabama in the UNITED STATES! Haha!
I’ll be honest, I didn’t venture to far away from the City Centre but I will share with you the different things to do when visiting Birmingham based on my trip.
– The Custard Factory –
The first stop on my trip to Birmingham was The Custard Factory. Initially, I thought The Custard Factory was a dessert restaurant, so I won’t lie I was slightly disappointed when I did not see an array of different cakes and desserts – haha. However, I had a great little experience exploring The Custard Factory. As its located only 5 to 7 minutes away from the Bullring shopping centre, I took a leisurely stroll to The Custard Factory.
The Custard Factory is a location in Birmingham which has independent shops and cafes, creative and digital businesses and is home to Digbeth the art district. The first thing I did was have a little wonder around; I then settled on having a vegan cake in a cute little cafe. It was my first vegan cake and I definitely would recommend everyone try it – haha.
– Digbeth Graffiti –
Digbeth is actually an area in Birmingham and is located less then 10 minutes away from the Bullring shopping centre. It’s home to The Custard Factory but also is the art district of Birmingham. I would recommend to have a stroll around Digbeth and see some of the AMAZING street art and graffiti.
– Bullring Markets –
The Bullring is the large shopping centre located in the centre of Birmingham. Outside of the Bullring you have two large markets, one indoors and one outside. The market is called the Open Market. This is located outside of the Bullring shopping centre and has a variety of fruit, veg and materials to purchase. The second is the Bullring Rag Market. The market offers you absolutely everything. You have fish and poultry. And you also have lingerie, shoes and toys on sale. I personally was not shopping, but had a great time wondering around and looking at all the deals.
– New Street –
New Street is located right by Birmingham New Street Station. There is a variety of different bars, restaurants and places to go shopping. It is also a walk away from the Library of Birmingham and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery which are great places to visit.
Since my first trip to Birmingham, I have visited a couple more times for The Reggae Brunch. The Reggae Brunch is an immersive brunch with Caribbean food and tropical vibes, hosted twice a month in Birmingham and every week in London. I would definitely recommend The Reggae Brunch for any Birmingham locals or visitors. Also, if you have any recommendations for my next trip to Birmingham, I would love to here them in the comments.