Saturday 28 April 2012

City Centre

Welcome to the city centre of Birmingham. This is a lively vibrant city with plenty to see and do. We have listed most of the city centre attractions here and useful web adresses to help you find your way around. The central tourism office is located by the Council House and has a good selection of free handouts and a city map.


Having just arrived in Birmingham where would you start?. Well you might like to start with Brindleyplace just off Broad Street. This area gets really lively at night times but lets assume that you have a whole day ahead of you. Take a wander around Brindleyplace with its modern buildings and cafe and restaurant bars. A walk along the canal side will take you to the National Indoor Arena where the TV series ' Gladiators' was filmed. The National Sea Life Centre is here and you may have noticed the Icon Gallery just off Brindleyplace Square.

Walk back along the canal sidewalk and pass under the tunnel along by the canal and you will enter Gas Street Basin. The canals are enjoying a renaissance and the Gas Basin usually has a host of canal boats berthed up along its banks.

If you walk back the way you came and cross over the footbridge by the Indoor Convention Centre you can pass through the inside of this spacious and attractive modern building which houses the Symphony Hall and plays host to important visitors to Birmingham. Many functions are held here and the modern architecture is pleasing to the eye.

You will come out into Centenary Square. This is where the New Year Celebrations are held and several annual events run by the local council. The Rep is situated in Centenary Square along with the Hall of Memory and Baskerville House. If you continue on your journey you can either visit the Mailbox or pass through the central library into Victoria Square where you will see the magnificent Council House and Town Hall.

From here there are a number of places you might like to visit. The Museum and Art Gallery is definately worth considering and from Victoria Square you can walk down New Street and into the city centre and its shopping malls, the Bullring and Millenium Point. The Chinese Quarter is also only a ten minute walk from Victoria Square.

If you are looking for a night out on the town the main clubbing areas and the busiest pubs are near the Chinese Quarter and Broad Street. You could spend a whole evening just around Broad Street which has a wide variety of pubs and clubs for all tastes along with plenty of restaurants and cafe bars. If you want to visit Star City you will need to take a cab as it is quite some distance from the city centre. Enjoy your stay. We hope you will want to come back and visit us again.

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