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Birmingham in a Day

U.K. getaways can be fantastic for long weekends or trips where you don’t fancy facing the airport. Right here on home turf, we’re lucky to enjoy plenty of iconic locations and stunning scenery. Options like London are a top pick for a quick U.K. trip in the city. Or, if you fancy something a more rural, you might consider picture postcard destinations such as the Cotswolds.

In all our deliberations, though, few of us would consider a city like Birmingham.Which is actually a bit of a crying shame considering that this second city is one of the best U.K. destinations on offer. To make a trip here even more appealing, it’s possible to tackle the entirety of Birmingham in one day with proper planning. That’s not something you could say for destinations like London, and it’s sure to make this an appealing pick for even your shortest trips. The question is, how exactly can you take on Birmingham in 24 hours?




Get your head around transport

Considering you’re working on a limited time-frame, picking the best transport is vital for ensuring you’re able to fit everything in. There’s no tube here, but trains are still a viable option with eight rail lines crossing the city. If you want to save time even moving between stations, booking a Birmingham taxi ahead of time instead could help you get even more from your day. If you’re more interested in seeing the city than visiting certain sites, you could even borrow a bike from one of the cycle centres. You simply need to work out which option best suits your needs.


Plan your itinerary

When attempting to tackle any city in 24 hours, it’s vital to write an itinerary. That way, you won’t waste time browsing on tourist boards or thinking about where to go next. Some of the top attractions well worth seeing around Birmingham include – 

  • Cadbury World
  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  • Bullring & Grand Central
  • Birmingham Library
  • Aston Hall
  • Shopping at Birmingham Bullring


And that’s just to name a few. To make sure you can fit everything into 24 hours, make a list of all the attractions which most appeal. Then, write out a to-do list which you can keep with you as you move around the city.

Know where to eat

Without proper planning, finding somewhere to eat in any city can be overwhelming, and Birmingham is no different in that respect. As such, our last tip for seeing everything possible in a short time is to plan where you’re eating in advance. Where you pick does, of course, depend on your personal taste, but Birmingham-based options like Lasan and Purnell’s regularly make the top-spot on restaurant listings here. Write down a note of everywhere you would like to eat, and get a rough idea of where each is located on Google Maps. That way, you can tie food into your Birmingham day well without wasting a single second of your time here. And that could lead to a city trip which you won’t forget in a hurry.

Have you visited Birmingham? What did you think?