The Jewellery Quarter
The home of British jewellery with a growing arts scene and plenty of great restaurants and bars.
Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in the country, this is the beating heart of the nation’s jewellery manufacturing. An estimated 40% of British jewellery is made in Birmingham’s unique Jewellery Quarter.
There are over 100 independent specialist retailers and craftspeople to be found here, many with their own workshops making it a wonderful place to explore and buy that special gift, but at a price to surprise. Part of the appeal of going direct to the makers is that bespoke gifts can be commissioned on site with huge savings on high street prices.
The Jewellery Quarter dates back over 200 years and is a Conservation Area with over 200 listed buildings. At the centre of the Jewellery Quarter shopping area stands the Quarter’s Chamberlain clock, and a short walk from this landmark takes you to the Jewellery Quarter’s historic, Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries. Many of Birmingham’s famous statesmen and inventors are buried here ranging from Harry Gem, the inventor of Lawn Tennis, to Alfred Bird, Birmingham’s ‘Mr Custard’.
The Quarter is home to the award winning Museum of the Jewellery Quarter which has been voted the country’s ‘best small attraction’ by Visit Britain. The Quarter also houses the JW Evans- fascinating Silver Factory, now taken over by English Heritage one of the most complete surviving historic factories in the Jewellery Quarter.
The Pen Museum on Frederick Street is situated in a former pen factory, a Grade II Listed Building and promotes through displays demonstrations and activities the history of Birmingham as the centre of the world pen trade in the 19th Century. The museum showcases many pens used by famous people throughout the years of the pen trade; this includes a pen used by Walt Disney to animate his drawings.
Nearby is St Paul’s Square, with its Jeweller’s Church set in the stunning last remaining Georgian Square in Birmingham which has been voted in the top twenty UK urban picnic areas. It is ablaze with colour in the summer months as part of the In Bloom Initiative and is a five minute walk away from several hotels.
There’s a buzzing arts scene here too with galleries, mingling with a wide variety of restaurants, serving everything from Italian to Indian cuisine including the famous Lasan Restaurant, winner of the renowned Gordon Ramsay’s ‘ F Word’ title for Best UK Local Restaurant . There are plenty of places nearby for a drink and a dance too including the legendary Stirlings Bar, Jam House, The Vaults and Après in Summer Row.
Find out more on the Jewellery Quarter website
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