Experiencing Birmingham

I’ve been invited by bmibaby and Visit Birmingham to spend a few days in Birmingham, Britain’s second largest city, after London, and a city which reportedly has more canals than Venice. This is a really exciting opportunity as I’ve never been to Birmingham. To be honest, I’ve never given this city much thought so when I was approached, I did some quick research, and lo and behold… Birmingham looks FAB! I also discovered that the most famous Selfridges store, with its iconic façade (see photo below) is right here… in Birmingham! Can’t wait to see this stunning building up close.

I won’t be posting any new articles in the next few days but I will be tweeting about my endeavors in Birmingham. You’re most welcome to check out my trip report via the Twitter feed below. I’ll be using the hashtag #brumtwitrip in my tweets. You can also follow bmibaby30 and Visit Birmingham on Twitter.

Note: This trip is sponsored by bmibaby and Visit Birmingham.

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5 Responses to “Experiencing Birmingham”

  1. Caitlin @ Roaming Tales 29/01/2010 9:19 am

    From Amsterdam to Birmingham, eh? Both cities have more canals than Venice (a claim that always seemed to me to be missing the point somewhat).

    It’s 4 hours by high-speed train from London to Amsterdam (via Brussels). http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/latest_deals/london_amsterdam.jsp Plus another 2 hours to get to Birmingham. So I agree it’s not practical for a weekend trip. It would still be my choice for a longer trip, but it’s horses for courses.

  2. velvet 27/01/2010 8:38 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    Thanks for your comment and the train tip. I’m glad bmibaby took care of my ticket – it would’ve been a long trip with the train from Amsterdam! 🙂 But for travellers from London, yes, it makes sense to take the train. The train I took from the airport to the city centre originated from London. It’s not a very big distance so the train from London makes more sense.


  3. Caitlin @ Roaming Tales 27/01/2010 8:27 pm

    I’ve enjoyed Birmingham every time I’ve gone there, though honestly I wouldn’t rate it as a must see. I particularly liked the silver district – a lot of history plus contemporary jewellery designers too. I’m sure you’ll have fun.

    I know you have a freebie from airline bmibaby and I’m not criticising that, but your readers may also want to know that you can get from London to Birmingham on the train in less than two hours for around £20 return (depending on the type of ticket and when you travel). As it’s in central England, Birmingham is pretty well connected by train to most of the UK. I know many travellers try to minimise air travel so I thought that might be useful.

  4. velvet 21/01/2010 6:02 pm

    Yes, it sure looks magical. Can’t wait to see the real thing! 🙂

  5. Travel Blogs 21/01/2010 5:39 pm

    Great picture, looks quite magical

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