How To Spend A Day In Birmingham (7 Hours in…)

Admittedly, Birmingham is a city that I really haven’t explored anywhere near as much as I’d like. In fact, until I decided to take a day trip to the city, I’d only ever found myself there when I was changing trains at New Street Station. As the second biggest city in the UK, I thought it was about time that I explored all that it has to offer. So when I spotted an exciting exhibition showing at one of their local galleries I booked myself a train and headed down from Liverpool. Here’s what I got up to on my day trip.

York’s, 29/30 Stephenson St, B2 4BH

Located just by Birmingham New Street Station, York’s seems to be a bit of a chain in Birmingham with a few branches around the city. I treated myself to a chocolate and peanut cookie and an elderflower pressé. Although I’m a huge coffee lover, I’d already had a coffee that morning so I wanted to shake it up a bit. There were so many different options of freshly baked snacks on display that I so could have easily eaten about 5 things. However, I contained myself and went with the cookie. Honestly it was one of the nicest I’ve ever had. If you’re heading into Birmingham then York’s is a definite must visit.

A peanut butter and chocolate cookie from York's, Birmingham.
A young woman sitting and similing in York's, Birmingham.
A young woman sitting in York's, Birmingham.

IKON Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS

The entire purpose behind my trip to Birmingham was actually to visit an exhibition that was on at the IKON Gallery at the time. One of my 5 goals for the new year was to immerse myself in more culture, I thought taking a trip to see the Haroon Mirza exhibition would be a great starting point. If you’re a contemporary art fan and happen to find yourself with a free day in Birmingham then I’d definitely recommend checking out the IKON gallery.

A glowing yellow sign saying 'IKON' on display at the IKON Gallery, Birmingham.

How To Spend A Day In Birmingham: The Custard Factory

I have to admit The Custard Factory was not what I expected at all. In my mind it was going to be something that would rival Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle but in reality it seemed to be tiny in comparison. Maybe I didn’t fully explore all that it had to offer or I overlooked some hidden gems while I was there (Birmingham locals, let me know!). However there were a few little places that really interested me within the area. The first was Sara Preisler, a jewellery and craft shop in the centre of the area. As a huge jewellery lover of course I popped in for a look around.

Sara Preisler,  7 Gibb St, B9 4BF

Despite heading in to check out the jewellery, I actually found myself drawn to the ceramics at Sara Preisler. I spent a period of time working with ceramics and glass when I was studying in college in my teens so now, whenever I see glasswork, I’m instantly fascinated by it. It’s definitely something that I’d love to return to someday.

A display of ceramic sculptures and pots at Sara Preisler, Birmingham.

The Clean Kilo, 1 Gibb St, B9 4BF

A few doors down from Sara Preisler was The Clean Kilo. As the biggest zero waste supermarket in Birmingham, The Clean Kilo is a must visit. I’ve always been someone who appreciates fresh produce and loves cooking their own meals. So, when I came across The Clean Kilo I was interested to see what they had in stock. The fact that they’re a zero waste supermarket was a huge bonus!

A jar display of herbs and spices at The Clean Kilo, Birmingham.
A wall display of seeds and nuts at The Clean Kilo, Birmingham.

Brewdog, 81 John Bright St, B1 1BL

Having a Brewdog located just near the station made for a perfect end to the day. I’m certainly no stranger to a Brewdog and the Liverpool one is a regular spot of mine. I’ve never been much of a beer drinker but add a fruity flavour to it and I’m sold. Sadly my favourite, Framboise, wasn’t on the menu but I found a substitute which was a close second.

A young woman drinking a glass of beer at Brewdog Birmingham.

Hopefully I’ve given you a few ideas on how to spend a day in Birmingham. Have any of you visited Birmingham before? Maybe you’re even from there yourself! Let me know what your favourite places to visit are. I have no doubt that I’ll be returning soon to see what else the city has to offer. 7 hours isn’t exactly enough time to explore the second biggest city in the UK. But I think I did an okay job!

Female Original

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22 Comments

  1. Claire
    January 27, 2019

    I’m glad you had a fun day! I live near Birmingham and even I seem to find something new every time I go! It’s pretty vibrant city. You’ll have to visit at Christmas one year for the markets!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 27, 2019

      Sounds like a plan to me! I love being able to call Liverpool my home because it’s such a vibrant city as well. I’m looking forward to heading back to Birmingham soon 🙂 x

      Reply
  2. Raven Black
    January 27, 2019

    Oh that looks so nice. I have to put it on my list of places to travel to.
    I wish we had a no waste supermarket in my town. I hate having all that plastic wrapped around my food.
    Great post.

    Raven 🙂

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 27, 2019

      It was such a great find! Definitely take a trip there when you can x

      Reply
  3. Lucy
    January 27, 2019

    The café looks so Instagrammable! It looks like you had a lovely time in Birmingham! xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 27, 2019

      Thanks Lucy! It was such a great little day out 🙂 x

      Reply
  4. Aimsy
    January 27, 2019

    Looks like you managed to squeeze quite a lot into 7 hours! How convinient that the Brewdog was close to the train station…I would have been in there as well.
    I have only ever been to Birminghma once to see Maroon 5 at the NEC Birmingham. I can’t remember much of the city, but the Bullring shopping place is massive!

    Lovely post!

    Aimsy xoxo
    https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 27, 2019

      I went to the NEC for the Good Food Show a few years ago haha. Thank you! x

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  5. Pattycular
    January 27, 2019

    Hi there! That looks like a great 7 hours! The no waste supermarket is such a great concept, I wish there were more of those everywhere! Thanks for sharing!

    Patty x | https://www.pattycular.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 28, 2019

      It’s such a great idea isn’t it! Thank you 🙂 x

      Reply
  6. Ashli
    January 27, 2019

    OOOHHH!!! This is giving me serious FOMO! ha!
    I love your pictures – it definitely makes me want to visit one day!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 28, 2019

      Aw thank you so much! X

      Reply
  7. Eleanor
    January 28, 2019

    I’ve actually never been to Birmingham but I would love to!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 28, 2019

      It was a really great trip – definitely give it a visit when you can! x

      Reply
  8. Macey
    January 28, 2019

    This sounds like a lovely day, and The Custard Factory sounds amazing, even if it wasn’t quite what you expected xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 28, 2019

      It was definitely different to what I expected but it was still worth visiting! Thank you x

      Reply
  9. Kat
    February 6, 2019

    That glasswork looks so beautiful! Birmingham sounds really interesting – I wish I had the chance to visit when I lived in England!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 7, 2019

      It was such a lovely day trip! I definitely want to head back again soon x

      Reply
  10. Charlotte
    February 9, 2019

    I live near Birmingham, and every time I go I find something new which I find so fascinating and exciting, glad you had a good day ! X

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 10, 2019

      It was a great trip! I’m looking forward to returning soon x

      Reply
  11. Asher
    July 2, 2019

    Wow that cafe looks amazing! Good post! Keep writing x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 7, 2019

      Thanks Asher! It was so lovely x

      Reply

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