We hate to mention football but, in case you didn’t know, Birmingham is home to two great football clubs – Aston Villa and Birmingham City (the “Bluenoses”). They’ve been around since the 1870s. Cricket began even earlier – in the 1740s. The list of other sports with clubs in the city is long.
For similar historical reasons, Birmingham has more canals than Venice. Many are still in use by narrow boat tourists, and some are focal points for Birmingham’s vibrant night-life, such as Brindleyplace, http://www.brindleyplace.com.
Birmingham is no straggler when it comes to clubbing, with venues catering to a broad spectrum of tastes – from the jazz oriented Jam House to the gay scene on Hurst Street, and many lively pubs in Moseley and Harborne. Snobs nightclub deserves a mention for all the great indie bands that made it their own. It’s since moved to a new venue, but still rocks.
This city hub was reborn in the eighties and nineties as the place to be, with legendary nightclubs like Rum Runner. Duran Duran were one of the bands spawned from this scene and the area remains vibrant today.
New Street Station
The station was originally built in 1846, but has recently undergone an award-winning makeover to take it into the 21st Century. It not only serves tens of thousands of local commuters, but is a vital interchange for travellers from other regions. Birmingham’s strategic midlands location makes it a crucial link in the national travel infrastructure. The station is an appropriate place to start your city visit, and luxury Birmingham apartments are available just 5 minutes away (No.8 Waterloo Street apartments).
Once an industrial area, Digbeth transformed itself into a cultural centre, providing a setting for street art events like the City of Colours and Eye Candy. Another place not to miss is the Electric Cinema. If you like your culture less contemporary, you will want to visit the BMAG for its Victorian and Classical collections.
Get your yam-yams straight
Brummies are from Birmingham and yam-yams are from the Black Country. You can encounter many other accents without travelling far, like the entirely different twang of Oxfordshire to the south. The accents reflect the region’s extremely diverse history.