When Travelodge got in touch and asked me to share what I think are Birmingham’s hidden gems, I turned to Facebook to see what my fellow Brummies thought. The list was endless – a real diverse mix of parks. attractions, shops, bars and restaurants – proving that there really is something in the second city for everybody.
Here are just a few that born and bred Brummies would recommend:
Sheldon Country Park, Sheldon
Birmingham is blessed with some beautiful parks, including Cannon Hill and Sutton Park, but one of our personal favourites, and a local one to us is Sheldon Country Park It’s just off the A45, which runs from Coventry to Birmingham City Centre. It has everything we want in a park – big open spaces for playing a picnic, a nicely maintained play area and, best of all, a free entry city farm, with pigs, goats, sheep, horses and birds. We love going to see the animals before popping to the tearoom for a little treat!
Raja Monkey, Hall Green
We don’t get the chance to go out for many meals, so when we do, I want it to be amazing. Earlier this year we visited Raja Monkey, which is on the Stratford Road. It is probably the best Indian meal we have ever eaten! I definitely recommend checking it out if you are in the area. You can read our review here.
Gas Street Basin
Any Brummie will tell you that Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice. How true this I have no idea, but us Brummies are proud of the fact, and will tell just about anyone. The best place to check out the canal system in Birmingham is at the Gas Street Basin, by Brindley Place and the Mailbox. It’s surrounded by bars and restaurants, and is a lovely place to have a wander around and a drink on a summers day.
If you want some quirky shops and restaurants, then the Custard Factory is the place to go. Its great for having a mooch around as there are all sorts of interesting things to look at, and the brightly coloured buildings are so pretty!!
So there are a few of our favourites. Where do you like to go and visit in Birmingham?
*In collaboration with Travelodge