Saturday, 21 March 2015

A trip to Birmingham

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At the beginning of March, Graham and I travelled to Birmingham for the weekend to shop, eat and visit family. We were kindly put up by Travelodge – we stayed in their Birmingham Central Bullring hotel for 2 nights. If you’re after somewhere to stay I can’t recommend it enough – it’s literally a 2 minute walk away from the main Bull Ring shops and so close to all the restaurants and general bustle of the city. Being a Travelodge, it’s also extremely purse friendly and the simplicity of it is really all you need for a short jaunt in the city centre.

I can’t believe how big Birmingham is! It so reminded me of London – unsurprising considering it’s the UK’s second largest city. There were numerous shops that went on for miles – a lot were repeated so if one store didn’t have what you wanted, there’d likely be another two to try around the corner! We spent Friday afternoon and evening perusing the shops and wandering around the Bull Ring and along the high street. For dinner, we stopped off in The Handmade Burger Co. which I’ll have a review of coming up on the blog soon. Saturday was spent visiting some of Grahams family – we had a delicious lunch in a country pub and spent the afternoon walking around the river in Stratford upon Avon. Past Shakespeare’s birthplace and along the canal, the sun was shining and although it was cold, it was the perfect winter walk.

Once we’d headed back in to Birmingham that evening, almost all the restaurants we tried were full despite the late hour – so if you’re after a meal on a Saturday night I’d recommend booking. We’d heard good things about ‘Bodega’ just off New Street, which is a Mexican inspired restaurant though sadly it was full to the brim both evenings. Instead, we stumbled in to Wagamamas (the first time we’d tried it) and were both really happy with the food. I think eating with chopsticks is Graham’s new favourite thing!

On Sunday, sadly, the typical English winter weather had returned, and we spent the morning walking to the Custard Factory in Digbeth battling the winds and trying to escape the rain. A fruitless task actually – it was closed! So there’s another tip for you, don’t go to The Custard Factory on a Sunday. We headed back into the centre, had a bacon sandwich and headed home.

It was a lovely, long weekend and there was so much more we could have done. Next time, we’ll head to the Library of Birmingham and the Museum and Art Gallery, as well as wander round the Cathedral and peruse the Jewellery Quarter. All great (and free!) places to add to your list if you’re planning a trip to Birmingham, too!

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If you have any tips or places we should visit next time, please pop them down in the comments!

1 comment

  1. I'm yet to venture to Birmingham but it looks like you had a whale of a time!

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