Day Visit On a Budget
There is plenty to do in Birmingham for free or if you are on a budget. From leisurely strolls along the canals to world class museums, Birmingham has it all.
Morning: Bullring Markets and St Martin’s Church: Why not start your day at Birmingham’s historic Bullring Markets - the heart of the city since 1166. The Markets are home to a dazzling array of foods and goods, character and atmosphere making it unique to the city.
Also at the Markets you will find St Martin’s Church, one of the most ancient and spectacular buildings in Birmingham. Built in 1873 as an example of gothic Victorian architecture it is now also home to a tea lounge, healing centre, and learning and advice service. The public are very welcome to walk around and explore this beautiful building.
Lunch: Chameleon: The Chameleon serves delicious food in the Bar, on the Balconies and in the Green Room Restaurant, from Monday to Saturday all day and night (closed Sundays).
For when you are in a hurry Chameleon have an ‘Express Lunch’ menu served Monday to Saturday with home made dishes from £4.95 including a dish of the day and 2 home made pies.
Afternoon: Library of Birmingham, Sherborne Wharf Heritage Narrowboat trip and BBC Public Space:
After lunch, make your way to the new Library of Birmingham where there are two outdoor garden terraces, children’s spaces and a panoramic viewing gallery at the summit. There is also the famed Shakespeare Memorial Room, situated on top of the Library of Birmingham, it was created and designed to house the Shakespeare Memorial Library by John Henry Chamberlain in1882 and re-built in its current location – a definite must see!
A short walk from here is Brindleyplace, with its tree-lined squares, international cuisine and an enviable canalside location. The perfect location to walk the canals or grab a drink whilst the world goes by - it is also the starting location for a narrowboat trip with Sherborne Wharf. Visitors can enjoy one hour trips from Easter to October (and weekends in the winter) at 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.30 pm and 4.00pm daily. Commentary covers both the heritage of the canal system as well as the new developments alongside them.
Following Gas Street Basin will bring you to The Mailbox; one of Birmingham’s most exclusive lifestyle and shopping destinations with an desirable waterside location and home to BBC Birmingham and their free Public Space. At BBC Birmingham’s Public Space you can try your hand at reading and recording a news item or weather report, have your photo taken with the Doctor Who Tardis and a Dalek or check out BBC On-Line around the Public Space including CBBC and CBeebies.
Evening: The Oriental at The Mailbox: After all that excitement you may be feeling peckish and The Oriental, with its stunning canal side view, is the perfect solution. With a focus on fine food and wine, service and style, this innovative restaurant and bar brings together dishes from Malaysia, Thailand and China.
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