Absaloutly awful! I come from Teeside which is classed as a very rough part of the country but couldnt wait to get back home! We tried to get on a bus to the city center only for a incredibly rude bus driver to kick us off for not having the correct money (yet the bus provided no change).
We then had to get a taxi back to the hotel , when we arrived at the hotel the city center was on fire! Good job we didn't get the bus after all! The only places to eat was a McDonald and Subway so we got a Subway. Later in the evening the subway came back to haunt me and 5 days later Im still ill! The people where rude every time you asked them something it was like I asked them for there clothes boots and vehicle! Ive never felt so scared in my life! Just glad to be home. You want our opinion? We survived Birmingham.
There are some good markets near the bullring, both food and clothes. The national express stop is less than 5 mins walk.
New street train station and moor street train station 2 mins walk from the bullring
Well, perhaps. 3-4 nights of stay in Birmingham will probably be more than sufficient. You can leave a day for Cadbury World, another for Think Tank Museum.
Trust me, for the Think Tank Museum, you will need at least 4-5 hours. Well, for the last night, you might want to do a little shopping and a little exploration in Birmingham. If you're a Chinese or you crave for Chinese food, you can consider taking a bus to Wing Wah Restaurant to have your Chinese food cravings settled there. It's really good and it's not overly priced.
The city is great but will not advice to go during winter time as the day is shorter and the weather is gloomy.
Birmingham isn't an immediately attractive city due to very poor architecture of the 1960s and 70s. However, there are many hidden gems such as the canals and canalside paths and buildings.
The central Museum and Art Gallery and the world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Company provide outstanding cultural experiences. As well as Cineworld and the Odeon there is the wonderful, centrally placed, Electric Cinema for a unique visit to the cinema; it shows all must-see films. Adam's is a fantastic 1 Michelin star restaurant for a treat of a meal. The service is welcoming and nothing is pretentious; definitely worth a visit. The leafy university campus in Edgbaston is beautiful, as are the Botanical Gardens nearby. To sum up, there is plenty to do in Birmingham, you just have to look a little harder than in a more obviously beautiful city. And everybody is incredibly friendly and helpful.
It is a crowded and rather dirty city but it has some fine buildings including the Cathedral (well worth a visit).
Second largest city in UK, clean and tidy. Good for shopping and dining in Birmingham city. Also not far away to outlet (Bicester Village close to Oxford) by driving.
Impressive visit !!
Cadbury world is about 20 minutes drive from the city centre & Warwick castle is about an hour's drive.
Both worth visiting if you are there for the 1st time! enjoyed myself
Often overlooked, Britain's second city has a lot to offer visitors. The international airport is fast and well connected by regular train services.
The city has a plethora of good hotels and a huge selection of restaurants. The updated canals provide panoramic pedestrian access to several areas of the city center.
Contrasts like canal romance and modern buildings are typical of Birmingham. We walked around and enjoyed a bit of shopping and outside life.
its a quiet city but you can meet some interesting people during your stay if you are in a good hotel or hostel.
the Bullring Mall is a good spot for shopping and having some Lunch and dinner if you come Before 9pm.
Birmingham isn't as bad a most people believe. With a migrant population in excess of 30% it's quite colorful.
Some suburbs are not save. No subway. There is a revamped inner city with some nice places like the bullring shopping centre. Clearly the city suffered during the recession and is trying hard to come out of it. Education seems like big business catering to foreign students. Traffic is really bad - lots of diversions. We tried hard but couldn't really find an good restaurant. All in all - if you don't have to be there, don't go. England has many better places to offer...