No matter what flight you take to Birmingham, you are going to travel for at least 9 hours. While the flight might seem agonisingly endless, the first view of the impressive landscape of the English Midlands will make up for it. If you are visiting the city to cheer on Pakistan or New Zealand at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, you might want to tour the city during the free time. Here’s our guide to how to spend a day in Birmingham.
Relive history at the Black Country Living Museum
An intricately designed open-air museum, the Black Country Living Museum takes you back to the beginnings of the industrial revolution. As you walk around the 26 acre faux-village, I might feel almost out of place amongst the early 20th century buildings in the historical locale. Demonstrators here display earlier lifestyle, spanning a century from 1850-1950. The award winning spectacle offers a live experience rather than just a plain view. At the village, you can interact with the amicable “residents”, visit the rides at the fairground and even educate yourself with the history of mining and metal work. Besides all the obvious, we recommend taking a trip on the trams for a cherry-on-the-top affair.
Fulfill your childhood dreams at Cadbury World
If you were a 90s kid like me, there is a good chance that you did not know of chocolates other than Cadbury up until Willy Wonka appeared on your television screen. Birmingham’s Cadbury World allows you to celebrate your favourite childhood memories! A 3-4 hour tour, the place caters to every kid’s fantasy with its innovative rides, all of them revolving around the chocolate theme.
You could dare to try out the 4D Chocolate adventure zone or hitch a beanmobile on the Cadabra ride. You can even dip your favourite treats into the pot of melted chocolate. Take some time to marvel at the chocolatiers' innovative creations. Whether you are 5 or 20, spending your dime here is definitely worth the experience. Ensure to pre-book your tickets to guarantee entry, at £17.50 for adults and £12.85 for kids between the ages of 4 and 15. Children below 4 years of age can enjoy a free entry.
Bring home an everlasting souvenir from the Jewellery Quarter
If you are looking to get back something memorable from the trip, ensure a visit to the Jewellery Quarter to not just choose your favourite from thousands of options, but also witness the process of how the pieces are made. Europe’s largest concentration of jewellery manufacturers, the area is marked by 19th century buildings where you can find remarkable quality jewellery and metalwork at a reasonable price. If you are fortunate enough to visit in July, mark your calendars for their annual event that celebrates everything at the Quarter.
Standing grand among the stores is also the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, that exhibits the history as well as the process of jewellery making. You can also find various craftsmen demonstrating the skill live while you explore the entire arena on a guided tour. Don’t be startled if you stumble upon a few non-jewellery related businesses here, in fact do visit the less common chocolatiers and drink merchants here for a full-rounded experience.
Gorge on authentic local street food at Digbeth Dining Club
For some authentic British food, Digbeth Dining Club is a must-visit on a Birmingham trip. A multi-award winning street-food event and one of the most popular in the UK, the Digbeth Dining Club is a collective of local traders offering the finest cuisine from UK as well as other nations every Thursday to Sunday on Lower Trinity Street. Every week features new stalls, allowing you to experiment with a different palettes. The fest built around food and music brings together the locals and tourists for a large feast of sorts. The food may cost you anywhere between £5 to £7.
The Bear Grylls Adventure
For the adrenaline junkies who are willing to commit to exercise even on a short trip, The Bear Grylls Adventure park at the National Exhibition Centre is an ideal spot to visit and check the ‘Man vs Wild’ fantasies off your childhood bucket list. The theme park offers various physical challenges such as indoor skydiving, outdoor high ropes, shark dives and cage snorkelling. You can pick your favourite or mix and match from the various activities. Save a few bucks by booking a package deal to enjoy a variety on a smaller budget.
Pakistan will take on New Zealand at the Edgbaston cricket ground on June 26, 2019.