Explore this creative industrial hub in Birmingham and admire Georgian and Victorian architecture.
With over 400 jewellery retailers and workshops, the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham is the ideal place to lose yourself amongst glittering precious jewels or even custom design your own jewellery.
This historic shopping area dates back over 200 years and is a Conservation Area with more than 200 listed buildings. At the heart of the Jewellery Quarter stands the iconic Chamberlain clock and a short walk from this landmark is the fascinating Jewellery Quarter Museum giving you a glimpse into the areas past.
Visit the fascinating Newman Brothers Coffin Works and see how the factory would have looked in Victorian times and the 1960s. Recently refurbished, The Coffin Works provided coffin furniture for the funerals of Sir Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain and the Queen Mother.
After a day of exploring the sparkling shops and quirky museums, relax and unwind in St Pauls Square. The Georgian square has a vast array of independent bars and restaurants, a perfect place to sit back and soak up the elegant architecture.
Step into the magical world of JRR Tolkien
Celebrate this great literary mind by exploring his childhood haunts, the inspiration for such literary classics as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Tolkien’s family moved to Birmingham whilst he was a child and all around the city are sights that inspired his famous books.
Sarehole Mill was once a favourite playground for Tolkien and his brothers, and the Mill and surrounding areas are believed to be the inspiration behind Hobbiton and the Shire. Take a tranquil tour around the mill which has now been restored to its former glory and is an essential part of the Tolkien trail.
True fans of Tolkien will want to visit Moseley Bog too, another favourite childhood play area of Tolkien. Wonder through this serene untouched piece of woodland, which is recalled in Tolkien’s description of the “Old Forest”.
Art, architecture and revolution in Birmingham
Discover the 18th century’s greatest minds, admire baroque architecture and gaze at the world’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art.
Immerse yourself in Birmingham’s history at Soho House, once home to Birmingham’s greatest industrialist and entrepreneur, Matthew Boulton. This grand Georgian house was once home to The Lunar Society, a group of 18th century industrialists, philosophers and intellectuals who met to discuss arts, science and theology. Between them they initiated the Industrial Revolution.
Discover the city’s striking St Phillip's Cathedral. Take a guided tour of this remarkable piece of English baroque architecture in the heart of the city’s cosmopolitan business district.
Or, step back in time and visit the Birmingham Back to Backs, a beautifully restored 19th-century courtyard of working people's houses, showing what life was like from the 1840s-1970s. Then move on to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, home to the world’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art, and the recently opened Staffordshire Hoard exhibition, a captivating display showcasing the famous Anglo-Saxon treasures.
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