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How to Spend 24 Hours in Birmingham, UK

How to Spend 24 Hours in Birmingham, UK

Picture of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer
Updated: 21 February 2017

Birmingham is a gem in the heart of the United Kingdom thanks to the array of arts, culture and nightlife on offer. Here’s just a snapshot of some of the things you can do across 24 hours in the city!


Arriving in Birmingham around this time means you must be hungry! Thankfully, Birmingham has a fantastic array of culinary delights, from the quite frankly beautifully presented food of The Wilderness to the slightly messy but definitely delightfully tasting burgers of Original Patty Men.

Original Patty Men / OPM Digbeth

Original Patty Men, Digbeth | © Alex Holyoake/Flickr


After your meal, head over to the Jewellery Quarter (a 10 minute walk from Snow Hill Station or a short tram ride to St Paul’s Square) for your pick of bars which are all within walkable distance. The Button Factory, The Church, Rose Villa Tavern and The Lord Clifden are all favourites with the locals, and have their own unique quirky defining features. Tip: gin parlour 40 St. Pauls is hidden, and its facade actually looks a little like an apartment, but if you can find it, all we’ll say is enjoy…

Rose Villa Tavern and Chamberlain Clock

Rose Villa Tavern and Chamberlain Clock | © Tim Ellis/Flickr


If you’re set on heading out, right about now you should be thinking of where to move on to next, and we can’t think of anywhere better than Snobs. This iconic Brummie institution is a hit with just about everyone who has passed through the city, and houses three floors of indie, classics and hip hop hits.

Snobs nightclub, Birmingham

Snobs nightclub, Birmingham | © Snobs/Facebook

Day Two


Assuming Snobs hasn’t completely broken you, you’re going to need a hearty breakfast for the day ahead. While there are numerous spots for breakfast in the city centre, our favourite place for breakfast is in the south of the city, at The Plough in Harborne. This country-feel city pub boasts an extensive breakfast and brunch menu complete with the famous Bloody Mary, which you may well need…

The Plough, Harborne

The Plough, Harborne | © I Mappiman/Flickr


Once breakfast is out the way, make your way to the city centre for a quick spot of retail therapy. While most people head for the Bullring, try and check out some of the independent offerings Brum has to offer. Two intimate arcade corridors – Great Western and Piccadilly – are home to a plethora of retailers, selling everything from coffee and jewellery to handmade gifts.

For the record collectors out there, Swordfish Records and The Diskery – which is the oldest record shop in England – are all easily reachable from the centre.

The Diskery record shop in Birmingham

The Diskery | © Elliot Brown/Flickr


Birmingham is home to plenty of museums and galleries, with none better than the main museum (BMAG) on Chamberlain Square. Armed with large art displays, the Staffordshire Hoard collection and a Victorian tea room, BMAG is a great way to spend a couple of hours. If you have a little more time or decide to skip the shopping, you could also check out their other venues including Aston Hall and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, as well as the stunning Ikon Gallery on Oozells Square, just off Broad Street.

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham | © Richard Clifford/Flickr


For your final few hours in the city, head to Lickey Hills Country Park, at the far southern tip of Birmingham. At its highest point, spectacular skyline views of Birmingham will meet you, perfect for watching the sun begin to set over the city.

If you’re strapped for time, the Library of Birmingham’s secret garden provides a great view of the city in what is just a 10 minute walk from New Street Station. A pretty perfect end to 24 hours in the city, we’d say!

The Lickey Hills in Birmingham

The Lickey Hills | © Katchooo/Flickr