Excursions in and from Birmingham
Thanks to Paul Taylor for compiling this list!
- Buses don't give change!
If you present a £20 note you will lose it!
Single £2.40, Day Saver £4.
- There is no central bus station
plan your journey
Birmingham Museums website
- This was compiled in a hurry. Please check site websites and Wikipedia before you go.
Maybe tell us in advance so that we might make group bookings and afterwards
to give us your opinions.
Birmingham University Campus
German Christmas Market
Overcrowed overpriced pseudo-German tat, food and beer.
Difficult to miss.
Back-to-Backs: see this!!!
The last remaining high-density housing that used to cover the
whole of Birmingham. You have to book a tour in advance.
Museum and Art Gallery (free)
in the Council House, Victoria Square
includes part of the Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon jewellery:
see this too!!
Walk around the area that used to contain loads of jewellery factories
and still contains plenty of jewellery shops. Admire the intricacy
of the Victorian red brickwork, even on simple utilitarian buildings.
St Paul's church is very nice. It's regarded as part of the Jewellery
Quarter but is a bit out of it. It is close to the restaurant for Thursday
evening's meal, so maybe go there before that.
The cemetary contains the grave of typographer William Baskerville.
There is also a museum.
Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist,
one of the founders of the Industrial Revolution.
This was also where the
Lunar Society met.
Further north-west from the Jewellery Quarter, on
Soho Avenue (off Soho Road) Birmingham, B18 5LB, 0121 348 8150
Science museum. Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.
Outside is the building where the first London to Birmingham trains arrived,
which is also the planned site of HS2, the high speed rail link.
South of the City Centre
A 250 year old working watermill famous for its association with author J.R.R Tolkien.
Open Wednesday and Thursday, 11am to 4pm - get a tour with a friendly chubby geek.
Pretty village established by the Cadbury Trust.
Contained no pubs because they were Quakers.
Chocolate Factory (Cadbury World)
The ruins of a 13th century fortified manor house built 750 years ago
(although it doesn't actually amount to very much).
Alwold Road, Birmingham, B29, 0121 348 8160
It's pronounced "wheelie", so far as I can gather.
Day trips by train
Train times and fares: National Rail
- (NS): Goes from New Street (main station)
- (SH/MS): Goes from Snow Hill or Moor Street stations.
BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM (NS)
Open-air museum of industry and working life.
Trains every half hour, take 17 mins, cost £4.10 return
Pretty town, well worth a full day trip:
At the north end of the line through New St & University
(Lichfield Town, not Trent Valley).
Trains every 10 mins, £6.40 return from New St,
£8.70 from University
- Huge cathedral containing part of the Staffordshire Hoard
- Birthplace of Samuel Johnson (of the Dictionary)
- Birthplace of Erasmus Darsin (grandfather of Charles)
- Interesting museum of medieval life.
Capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia.
Big castle, nice church.
trains approx every half hour, takes <15mins, costs £8.10 return
Cathedral with the new tomb of King Richard III,
who was found buried under a car park.
Trains every half hour, take 50 to 60 mins, costs £14 return
Pretty town. Birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Not to be confused with Stratford-atte-Bow in east London,
which is mentioned in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Trains every half hour, take 40 to 50 mins, costs £8.10.
Really quite ugly, because it was badly bombed in WWII
and rebuilt in concrete, but the ruins of the bombed
cathedral are famous.
Frequent trains, take 20 min, costs £5.70 return.
Medieval castle done up as a tourist attraction.
Trains twice an hour, take 30 mins, cost £5.80 return.
Bletchley Park was where Alan Turing and others broke the
Enigma Code. Excellent museum plus the famous huts.
Also the National Museum of Computing.
Trains take 67 or 92 mins, so this has to be a day trip.
Some old buildings. Students have to do their exams in fancy dress.
The place where the founders of the Anglican Church were burned
at the stake for heresy.
The trains take a bit over an hour and are quite expensive.
Medieval city with cathedral.
Frequent trains, take an hour, £9.30 return.
Very pretty medieval town that can't make up its mind
how it should be pronounced.
Two trains per hour, takes about an hour, £14.80 return.
The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Numerous
major old factories and museums to see. Probably requires
staying nearby for a week.
Train takes 34 mins to Telford, then get bus 4.