April 2021: It’s been devastating to see Birmingham quiet and shuttered over the last year. But, it’s about to get kicking back into life. The diverse, buzzing city has begun to reopen now non-essential shops are open and restaurants, bars and pubs are able to serve food and drink outside. With indoor dining on the cards from May 17 and (if all goes to plan) most restrictions being lifted by June 21, it’s time to get planning your next city trip.
What to do in the City of a Thousand Trades? Birmingham’s proud industrial history, from Matthew Boulton and the Lunar Society to Bird’s custard and Cadbury’s chocolate, is only part of the story. The UK’s second city is an irrepressible cultural force, full of fine art and fine dining, shopping excess and sporting endeavour, bars and bold buildings, mould-breaking music and museums. Whether it’s the urban grit of the Peaky Blinders or the glorious greenery of Edgbaston, Birmingham will certainly have something that floats your canal boat. Here’s our definitive round-up of the very best experiences Brum has to offer.
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