Hands down, Birmingham is one of my favourite cities. It reminds me a little of London, with it’s hustle and bustle, and super cool eateries and bars. There is so much to do in Birmingham at any time of the year, but especially of course, throughout the festive months. So, I’ve put together a little guide on Birmingham at Christmas.
Staying In Birmingham
There are so many different hotels in Birmingham, from premium hotels to more demure and traditional hotels, and even budget friendly hotels. Whether you want something right in the centre, or something a little further out, there are a wide range that would cater for your needs. There are even apartments available to rent, making it a perfect destination for special birthdays or hen/stag dos.
Travelling To Birmingham
You can of course drive to Birmingham, but it can often be a maze of one way systems. I personally always prefer to get the train, as I live so close to a train station that has a direct route to New Street. I also love getting the train because of the shopping opportunities at Grand Central. One of my absolute favourite train station shops is Hema, a store that sells gifts, nick nacks, homeware, beauty products and more. It is so cute and very affordable.
Food & Drink In Birmingham
Speaking of food, Birmingham is most definitely a ‘foodie city’. My favourite place to head to when it comes to Food & Drink in Birmingham is most certainly in and around Brindleyplace. My recommendations would be Gas Street Social for breakfast, Malmaison for lunch and Marco Pierre White’s for dinner. All very accommodating, and very yummy. If you’re a fan of Tapas though, I would highly recommend travelling a tiny bit further and going to Amantia. Even further out is Henry Wong in Harborne, a truly magnificent dining experience in Birmingham.
Festive Events In Birmingham
One of the most famous festive events in Birmingham is of course the Christmas German Market in and around Victoria Square. There are a wide variety of stalls at the market selling everything from Christmas trinkets to jewellery and more, as well as stalls that provide food and drinks. I am not a coffee lover so have always opted for hot chocolate and let me tell you, the Baileys hot chocolate is INCREDIBLE. There is also a stall that does various kinds of sweet nibbles and have nutella almonds which are also divine. The one downside to the market is that it can get extremely busy, so I would recommend going earlier on in the day if you are not a fan of crowds. There is also the Winter Wonderland at the Snowdome that is always a fabulous treat for the family.
Shopping In Birmingham
Ahhh, the shopping in Birmingham. We all know that the Bullring is one of the largest shopping centres with an array of shops, but my favourite shopping destinations are actually the Great Western Arcade and the Mailbox. Of course, my go to shop is Harvey Nichols- I am a sucker for a big bright store with high end designers, and I adore the beauty section in there. There are also so many indie shops in and around Birmingham, it truly is a great source of inspiration for shopping.
Attractions In Birmingham
Birmingham has several attractions that you can visit, and is a very music and arts orientated city. A personal favourite of mine is The Sealife Centre. I find it fascinating and relaxing at the same time. It is the perfect attraction to go to when you just want to take a leisurely stroll around, see some beautiful fish, and pet a starfish of course. There is also Resorts World that boasts a multitude of different things including shopping, activities and food and drink, and just outside of Birmingham is Star City that has a really fun crazy golf attraction that you can head to, as well as restaurants you can eat at.
*The spending money was provided by Hotels.com but all views are my own.