Town Guide

Birmingham Orientation

Birmingham is a very confusing city, especially for the visitor. Ring roads, one way streets and roundabouts are everywhere and so it is notoriously difficult to find your way around, especially if you are driving.

As a result an A-Z is an essential piece of equipment for any visitor to the city!

But if you are trying to get your bearings, a good place to start is New Street. It is one of Birmingham's main thoroughfares, and for the tourist it contains several sights.

New Street is also a good place to start for it is where Birmingham's main train station is located, and so it is relatively easy to find.

At the western end of New Street is the pedestrianised Victoria Square which is where Birmingham's Town Hall and Council House are located.

Also at this end of New Street, just further west of Victoria Square you will find the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

And further west still is Centenary Square, home to the acclaimed Birmingham Symphony Hall, the International Convention Centre, the Repertory Theatre and the Hall of Memory.

If, however, you head eastwards along New Street right at the far end you will find the landmark Rotunda office block.

Located to the north of New Street is the beautiful St Philip's Cathedral, which is renowned for its beautiful stained glass windows.

And to the south of New Street are the city's main shopping centres and markets including the Pallasades, the Pavilions and the famous Bull Ring.

If you want to see Birmingham's canals, a good place to head for is just to the south west of New Street, next to the International Convention Centre. As well as several canal walks and waterfront shopping precincts, this is where you will find the National Sea Life Centre and the excellent Ikon Gallery.

If you then go further out from the city centre there are several districts of Birmingham worth visiting, most notably the famous Jewellery Quarter which is located to the north of the city centre.

Other districts of Birmingham you may want to visit include the picturesque Edgbaston, the famous Bournville Village, or the district of Aston, home to Aston Villa Football Club.

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