10 Things To Do For Free In Birmingham

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January 2014

  1. Library of Birmingham. The novelty hasn’t worn of for the locals yet, since this amazing building opened in September 2013. There’s so much on offer, look closely you may even see some books to borrow. Free.
  2. Moor Street Station. By far the city’s oldest and prettiest station has been refurbished in recent years to the grandeur of the 1930s. Worth a visit even if you’re not popping on the train to London.
  3. Bournville Village. Visit the birth place of Cadbury where the Quaker beliefs still stand and there are no pubs or places that sell alcohol.  This pretty village stands proud, having been named by the Cadbury family who built the first houses here for their workers.
  4. Cannon Hill Park on the border of Moesley and Edgbaston is opposite Edgbaston Cricket Ground and houses Midlands Arts Centre amongst it’s walkways and cycle ways.
  5. St Paul’s Square. It’s not just the grade 1 listed St Paul’s church that brings you to the last Georgian square in Birmingham. With fine buildings all around you, now filled with architects, designers, restaurants and dwellings, take a stroll on the tree lined lawn and grab a seat on a bench to imagine the days of Matthew Boulton and James Watt.
  6. Pen Room. Also in the Jewellery Quarter and run entirely by volunteers, there are exhibitions, calligraphy demonstrations and creative workshops to enjoy.
  7. St Martin in the Bullring The striking view of this church in the middle of the city centre reflected in the 21st century modern Bullring is what you see on the postcards. Inside, apart from services there are art exhibits and other events too.
  8. Canals Bars, clubs, restaurants, office blocks; why not look the other way and go on a wonderful canal walk? There are 100 miles of them.
  9. The Cube On the aforementioned canal, Birmingham’s newest landmark is already iconic.
  10. Music at Symphony Hall  OK, it’s not free music in the renowned hall itself but rather in the café area. A treat each Friday at 5pm.

Have you been to any of our current ten? Do let us know below, along with suggestions for the next top 10!

By Rickie, founder of Birmingham Favourirtes. Tweet on @BrumFaves or @RickieWrites

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