Birmingham, UK Itinerary: How to Spend One day in Birmingham

Last Updated on 11/11/2023 by secretmoona

The second biggest city in the United Kingdom, Birmingham, offers lots of things to do. From a designer library to luxury shops and canal boat trips, you would not run out of things to do when spending just one day in Birmingham.

One day in Birmingham itinerary

One Day in Birmingham: Morning

Start at Birmingham City Centre:

As mentioned, Birmingham is a cultural hub. After dropping off your belongings at your hotel, start your day by exploring the city centre. Take a trip to Victoria Square to appreciate the remarkable architecture, which includes the Birmingham Town Hall and the Council House.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - One day in Birmingham
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Visit the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for an extensive collection of art and artefacts, including the renowned Staffordshire Hoard. The building is stunning, and the surrounding area is lovely as well.

Note: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is closed for essential maintenance until 2024.

Birmingham Library - One day in Birmingham
Birmingham Library

Birmingham Library

The Library of Birmingham is not your average library; it offers not only books but also events, exhibitions, and even a hidden garden. The building, which opened in 2013, is impressive both inside and out. The angular exterior, combined with detailed decoration, makes it a unique piece of architecture that is not typically associated with libraries. The interior is modern and spacious. Once you’ve explored the ground floor, which is similar to most libraries, head to the Shakespeare Memorial Room, where Victorian decor contrasts with the modern library. If you have time, take the elevator to the Skyline Viewpoint for a panoramic view of Birmingham.

One Day in Birmingham: Late Morning

Bullring and Grand Central

Selfridges buiding - Things to do in Birmingham, UK
Selfridges buiding

Birmingham is a shopper’s paradise, and a visit to the city is incomplete without indulging in a shopping spree. Head to the Bullring Shopping Centre and the adjacent Grand Central. Bullring, which opened its doors in 2004, is undoubtedly the heart of Birmingham’s shopping centres. With more than 160 shops and concessions, it would be hard to leave empty-handed. From high street shops to designer boutiques, food halls, and restaurants, everything is designed to make your shopping experience enjoyable. However, if shopping isn’t your thing, you might not find it as charming. But if you do decide to avoid Bullring, at least make a stop to admire the façade of Selfridges. This steel-framed building is an architectural masterpiece.

Custard Factory

If you enjoy supporting independent businesses, then the Custard Factory is definitely worth adding to your list of things to do in Birmingham. Located in the “Creative Quarter” within the industrial district of Digbeth, the area is bustling with independent shops, cafes, and bars, as well as creative and digital businesses.

The Mailbox - Things to do in Birmingham, UK
The Mailbox

The Mailbox

The Mailbox was previously the primary sorting office for Birmingham’s Royal Mail. However, since 2013, it is now a great destination for those who enjoy shopping, working, drinking, and having fun. The Mailbox provides a more intimate shopping experience than the traditional shopping mall, and it boasts high-end designer shops such as Harvey Nichols, Hugo Boss, and Jaeger.

One Day in Birmingham: Lunch

Lunch at the Custard Factory:

When it’s time for lunch, you won’t be short of options in Birmingham. The city offers a diverse range of culinary experiences to cater to all tastes. One of the most well-known dishes in Birmingham is the Balti, and it is widely believed that the best Indian restaurants can be found here.

You can choose to have lunch at the Custard Factory, a workspace for creative and digital businesses that features independent shops and cafes. Additionally, there are plenty of chain restaurants available, such as Zizzi and Cote Restaurant.

For those seeking vegan and gluten-free options, I recommend Saint Kitchen. It’s an excellent cafe that serves delicious food in a welcoming atmosphere.

One Day in Birmingham: Afternoon

If you’re looking for some interesting places to visit in Birmingham, consider taking a short trip to the historic Jewellery Quarter. Here, you can explore the many independent jewellery shops, visit the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, and even take a guided tour of the famous Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. 

Alternatively, if you have a sweet tooth and are interested in the history of chocolate, you may want to visit Cadbury World. This attraction is located just a short distance from the city centre and offers an interactive experience that is sure to delight visitors of all ages.

One Day in Birmingham: Evening

One day in Birmingham - canl boat tour

Take a canal boat tour

Did you know that Birmingham boasts more canals than Venice? With 35 miles of canals compared to Venice’s 26 miles of waterways, Birmingham has more waterways to explore. However, as Birmingham is much larger than Venice, it may not be immediately apparent that it has more canals. To experience the beauty of the canals for yourself, take a stroll along the Birmingham canals

If you want to explore more of the canal network, you can take a boat ride. The boat ride will take you between Brindley Place and the International Convention Centre quayside, giving you a chance to discover Birmingham’s industrial past. Sherborne Wharf and Away2Canal offer unique tours. After your ride, be sure to stop by one of the many restaurants and bars at Gas Street Basin.

One day in Birmingham - BindleyPlace

Dinner at Brindleyplace

Once you finish your ride, I recommend heading to Brindleyplace for dinner. There are many restaurants and bars located along the canal, which provide a pleasant atmosphere to dine in. If you prefer traditional British cuisine, the Gentleman & Scholar Pub and Terrace is an excellent choice. They offer some of the best British inspired dishes and can cater to those who require gluten-free options.

One Day in Birmingham: Night

One day in Birmingham - Broad Street

Nightlife at Broad Street:

If you’re looking for some vibrant nightlife, Broad Street should be your go-to destination. The street is lined with numerous bars and clubs that offer a great atmosphere for a night out with friends.

Additionally, if you’re seeking more options, head to Brindley Place, where most of the city’s clubs and bars are located. The area comes alive in the evening with lively music and a variety of dining options. It’s interesting to note that this area was once a site of factories until the manufacturing industry went into decline in the 70s.

Where to stay in Birmingham

Where to stay in Birmingham - Hyatt Regency Birmingham

There are many accommodation options in Birmingham. Here are three hotels that have been tried and tested:

Thank you for taking the time to read our itinerary of things to do within one day in Birmingham. Please note that this is just a suggestion, and you may need to make adjustments depending on your preferences and the season. Birmingham offers a broad range of attractions, including cultural, historical and contemporary sites, all of which are covered in this plan. Enjoy your travels!

Travel Tips and Resources 🧳

Here are some of my favourite travel tips and resources.

  • 🛫Flights: I’m all about snapping the best deals when booking flights. Therefore, I use Google Flights and Skyscanner to get the best deals each time. I also use AirHelp to receive compensation for delayed and cancelled flights.
  • 🚆Trains: I love using Trainline and Omio to book trains within Europe.
  • 🛏Accommodations:, Agoda, and Trivago are my favourite sites for great hotels and private home deals. They offer many hotels, including luxury accommodations and private homes.
  • 🚙Car Rentals: Renting a car is ideal when travelling to remote destinations. For these, I love renting cars through Discover Cars. They offer some great options for affordable rentals, and their customer service is one the best.
  • 🎟Tours and Experiences: Visiting a new place also means getting to experience and do many things. I usually book tours via GetYourGuide or TripAdvisor. If you like doing things solo, WeGoTrip offers audio tours and excursions.
  • 💳Travel Insurance: Travelling without proper travel insurance is not recommended. I always travel with one. Use VisitorsCoverage to compare and get the best travel insurance policy for you.

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Hi there! I'm Mayi. Welcome to my blog SecretMoona! I hope to share with you the hidden secret of places I visit.

11 thoughts on “Birmingham, UK Itinerary: How to Spend One day in Birmingham

  1. Interesting! I have been to the UK many times but never to Birmingham. I have no idea about the canals! I also had no idea there was so much beautiful modern architecture. Very nice!

  2. I love the mix of classic and modern architecture. A canal boat tour sounds like a good way to see the city from a different point of view. I’m not sure how I missed this city when I was touring the UK.

    1. Thanks. Birmingham is often overlooked, but it’s a great city to visit in England. Maybe you could consider adding it to your schedule for the next time you are in the area?

  3. Niiice Mayi! I am a big fan of Brum for shopping, but somehow I’ve never been to the Custard Factory, or spent time on this part of the canal. This is a great itinerary… although I feel like you need to add curry!

    1. Thanks Josy! For sure, there can’t be Birmingham without some delicious curry. And when it comes to getting the authentic taste of Indian curry, there’s no better place than this amazing city!

  4. Gorgeous photos! I’ve never visited Birmingham before but I’d love to one day. Thanks for sharing all your helpful tips for spending a day here. I’ll be saving this for a future trip!

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