Birmingham Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC
Birmingham is a state-of-the-art library, gleaming shopping centre atop revitalised New St Station, beautifully restored Victorian buildings and a tram-line extension through the city’s heart are just some of the recently completed initiatives of its Big City Plan. These come hot on the heels of the striking Mailbox and Bullring shopping malls and iconic Selfridges building’s ‘bubblewrapped’ facade. Alongside Birmingham’s picturesque canals, waterside attractions, outstanding museums and galleries is an explosion of gastronomic restaurants, cool and/or secret cocktail bars and craft breweries.
What to do in Birmingham for 24h-48h?
Places of Interest
Library of Birmingham
Resembling a glittering stack of gift-wrapped presents, the Francine Houben–designed Library of Birmingham is an architectural triumph. Opened in 2013, it features a subterranean amphitheatre, spiralling interior, viewing decks and glass elevator to the 7th-floor ‘secret garden’ with panoramic views over the city.
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
At the University of Birmingham, 3 miles south of the centre, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts has an astonishing collection of Renaissance masterpieces; European masters such as Rubens and Van Dyck; British greats including Gainsborough, Reynolds and Turner; and classics from modern titans Picasso, Magritte and others.
The next best thing to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is Cadbury World, 4 miles south of Birmingham. It aims to educate visitors about the history of cocoa and the Cadbury family, but sweetens the deal with free samples, displays of chocolate-making machines, and chocolate-themed rides.
National Sea Life Centre
The Sir Norman Foster–designed National Sea Life Centre is England’s largest inland aquarium. Its tanks teem with exotic marine life including razor-jawed hammerhead sharks, turtles and otters. Prepurchase tickets online for fast-track entry and get discounts of up to 40% off walk-in rates.
Situated 1.5 miles northwest of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Soho House is where industrialist Matthew Boulton lived from 1766 to 1809.
Where to Eat?
It’s worth the 2.5-mile journey southwest of the centre to this gorgeous Georgian mansion in leafy Edgbaston for sensational Michelin-starred menus.
Purecraft Bar & Kitchen
Fabulous dishes created in the open kitchen of this craft-beer-lover’s paradise come with suggested beer pairings. The menu changes monthly but might include Lawless Lager–battered fish and chips.
Where to Shop?
Great Western Arcade
This glass-roofed, tiled-floored Victorian-era arcade is a jewel filled with mostly independent shops.
Birmingham’s stylish canal-side shopping experience, the redevelopment of the former Royal Mail sorting office, comes complete with designer hotels, a fleet of upmarket restaurants, the luxury department store Harvey Nichols and designer boutiques.
Split into two vast retail spaces – the East Mall and West Mall – the Bullring has all the international brands and chain cafes you could ask for, plus the standout architectural wonder of Selfridges, which looks out over the city like the compound eye of a giant robot insect.
Nightlife in Birmingham !
Jekyll & Hyde
Potent cocktails (or rather ‘elixirs, concoctions and potions’) at this trippy spot are served in sweets jars, watering cans, teapots and miniature bathtubs – even a wash bag (with rum-mint toothpaste and Kaffir lime).
Jake’s Coffee Box
A classic red British telephone box on a pedestrian laneway has been ingeniously repurposed as a tiny coffee bar, where Jake brews espressos, flat whites, Americanos, cappuccinos and lattes using Birmingham-roasted Quarterhorse beans.
Lost & Found
Fictitious Victorian-era explorer/professor Hettie G Watson is the inspiration for the botanical-library theme of this bar in an 1869-built former bank.
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