Birmingham, Brum, B’ham – whatever you call the home of the 2nd largest population outside of London, we have fallen in LOVE with it! That may have a LOT to do with our Brum tour guides showing us all the best parts, but there is no denying it’s always a city that we can’t wait to get back to. So in honour of the city once known as Bromwicham, and the 72nd largest city of the world, we bring you our view of Birmingham.
In the UK this past few weeks there have been a few news reports about how last year more people moved from London to our home city – Birmingham than to any other city. It makes sense as it has the highest concentration of any city other than London and you know – there’s us 🙂
There is a whole list of stories here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37585337 but I thought I would jot down our reasons for the move after a 2 day stay in London reminded me of all the reasons our move was totally the right decision!
1) We could afford our own house and as a massive benefit the mortgage on our house is £500 less that the rent we were paying for our 1 bed London flat.
Crazy golf / mini golf / putting whatever you call the bizarre game of hitting a ball around a course it’s not new. In fact I remember playing it on holiday as kid whether we were in Brighton, Tenerife or some other not so exotic destination. Laura and I have also played at various locations around the world since we have been together. It’s simple fun that we both enjoy.
What is a newer trend is the development of courses that are ‘next level’. In Birmingham this is taken literally – with the two storey Adventure Mini Golf at Star City that includes two 18 holed themed courses. But also design wise – with the pop-up Ghetto Golf an 18-hole twisted course based on Birmingham landmarks and retro themes that allows you to drink as you golf.
With the bank holiday fast approaching we wanted to round up a few recent trips we have taken in and around Birmingham that may be of interest if you are in the area, or planning a trip here.
If you plan to stay centre here are a couple of things to do…..
1. Back to Backs
Turns out even some locals don’t what this is but TripAdvisor rates it highly on the to-do list and so do we. The Back to Backs are houses that were built to deal with a housing crisis back in the 1800’s. The example you visit is 5 minute walk from the train station. From the outside you will a traditional sweet shop and what looks like an oldish building. It is here that you start the tour.
Okay so it must have been at least a few posts since we went on about how much we love Birmingham, right?!
Well I thought it was about time that I highlighted one of Birmingham’s beautiful venues. While the city itself is a wonderful mish-mash of old and new architecture there are a few buildings that really stand out as being something special.
I don’t know what went through the designers head when he started drawing circles all over this building but the end result is spectacular. It’s a building that mesmerizes and entertains and whatever time of day you are looking at it you will always see something different. It’s easy to forget that it houses 1000’s of books but if you ever visit Birmingham it’s worth 20 minutes out of your day to enter the cavernous space and ride the escalators to the top. From there you can enjoy the roof garden and views of the city stretching out to the surrounding countryside.
Have you heard of Wayne Manor? If you are a Batman fan you may well have heard reference to the house as that of Bruce Wayne or if you watched Dark Knight Rises it was used as the setting.
‘In DC Comics, the residence is typically depicted as a huge mansion on grounds outside Gotham City, maintained by the Wayne family’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth. While the earliest stories showed Bruce Wayne buying the house himself, by the 1950s at the latest, retroactive continuity had established that the manor had belonged to the Wayne family for several generations. It was without exception referred to in the 1960s TV series as “stately Wayne Manor.” (from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Manor)