Digbeth

 

 

Digbeth is one of the most distinctive parts of the city and is less than ten minutes walk from the Bull Ring. It offers the visitor some fantastic independent shopping, atmospheric industrial history and heritage, art, music and some great places to eat and drink.


For shopping, the arts or just a bite to eat, a visit to the Custard Factory complex is a must.  It's Birmingham’s very own version of Carnaby Street and Shoreditch all rolled into one. The Custard Factory is located in Digbeth (just down the road from Selfridges) and is the arts and media quarter and a vibrant creative and retail hub.

It is one of the coolest independent shopping and leisure areas in the entire region and also a great place to grab a coffee or bite to eat. Most weekends the Custard Factory is used to host some of Birmingham’s best events.

Digbeth is also home to some great watering holes, some of which were thought to be haunts of the notorious Peaky Blinders. So, if a pint of hand pulled ale and some freshly sourced food is your thing then a visit to the Digbeth area is a 'must'. On the subject of food, Digbeth Dining is a regular award winning food event, lauded in the national press, where an eclectic range of street food can be enjoyed for around a fiver.

During the year, regular arts and music events take place such as 'Supersonic' and 'Flatpack' whilst there are always many weekly music events at venues across the area. This reflects Digbeth's musical heritage from UB40 to the beginnings of Heavy Metal.  

Digbeth First Friday has also become a regular feature and occurs on the first Friday of each month offering a great array of things to do and see throughout the evening as the area comes alive with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more. 

Of course, there is always the option of just a casual stroll around the area to work up a thirst and appetite. Take in Birmingham's oldest secular building (the Old Crown), the iconic Typhoo Tea HQ and Wharf, Birmingham's old Bond building and Banana Warehouse when canals ruled the day, the fantastic JFK memorial and, last but not least, a veritable Tate Gallery of street art which forms the basis for the annual 'City of Colours' extravaganza.

 

Dig Digbeth!

 

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