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What to see from Birmingham, UK — 11 Comments

  1. I’d love to go to Betchley Park. I’m fascinated by that history. Your trip sounds great. It’s depressing to say, but I’ve not been to the Midlands and we’ve lived in Edinburgh for 2 years now. Somehow life always gets in the way.

  2. I have been to Birmingham twice and loved it (not so much in the rain though)!!
    Will post some photos next week.
    Thanks for mentioning me!!!

  3. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t visited any of the things on your list, though they all look great. Isn’t it always the way that you don’t look at the stuff on your own doorstep? The only time I do touristy things over here is when my Canadian relatives come over for a visit. The last time I was in Birmingham was too long ago to reveal…three weeks as a sixteen-year-old on a training course. A fantastic time – my first away from home alone – happy memories! Hope you enjoy your visit as much as I enjoyed mine. 🙂

  4. Hi Joy, thank you so much for you comment on my blog , and thanks to Jackie for sending you my way. I love Oxford , and as I live about 10 miles away , I am there a lot and I know work in Oxford at weekends. I meet a friend there each month and we have a walk around and coffee and visit a college or two.

    Now when was the last time I was in Birmingham ,? Stayed there when I was a child (with my aunty’s family) and the railway station . Sorry apart from that I have only been to the shops. I used to live near Northamptonshire , so wasn’t that far away. I normally go the other way to London .

    You seem to have your trip all sorted which is great and I am sure that you will have lots of fun.

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  6. Your trip sounds great, Joy! I didn’t see much of Birmingham when I stayed there a few years ago at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, but Woodbrooke was beautiful. The Cadbury chocolate factory is nearby.

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  8. For Birmingham, I’d suggest the National Trust’s back-to-back houses which will give you an idea of living conditions during the Industrial Revolution. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birmingham-back-to-backs/

    Also the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. http://www.bmag.org.uk/museum-of-the-jewellery-quarter

    Ironbridge itself is great – we stayed in the house immediately to the left of the bridge (owned by the Landmark Trust) when the DB was about 6. http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/search-and-book/properties/iron-bridge-house-8709/

    You’re thinking of going to most of the museums? I recommend Blists Hill (worked on an excavation of the blast furnaces there, many years ago before all these museums were in place); the food in the pub is quite good (also the beer which is proper stuff like we used to drink) and you can get quite good pies from a shop.

    For food in Birmingham (you know people call it ‘Brum’?), think about Indian perhaps. The food’s pretty much part of the culture. In fact, chicken tikka masala is said to be Britain’s favourite food. Chicken tikka on its own is quite good as takeaway food goes, for people watching what they eat.

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