two weeks in birmingham-what to do?

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1. Posted by karolin155 (Budding Member 60 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys!
I will be in Birmingham for two weeks at the start of October to visit my boyfriend over there. But he will work all the time and hasn´t been there long enough to know all the good parts of the city. So could you tell me what I really have to do and to see? I don´t want to spend too much money but if something is really worth paying it I will do it. How is the night life? And does anybody know good places for playing pool? How will be the weather? I have got much more questions but this will be enough to start with...

2. Posted by honeythief (Budding Member 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hi there . birmingham is the uk's second city so it is big but i dont know much about it really. the weather could be wet in early october so bring a brolly or waterproof jacket . good luck and enjoy ... j

3. Posted by bagpuss34 (Budding Member 52 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Birmingham aey... get on a bus and head to london! Birminghams ok... to shop blah blah blah..but nothing special... bars...clubs... that sort of thing... they have a aussie bar on bond street... nothing else really... head into the city ..c what you find,,,

Other wise...take a few trips to oxford, cambridge, Milton Keynes...they have a snowdome with real snow if you can ski...

Oct prob will be coldish though...although today was a cracking day!! indian summer!!

4. Posted by tatts82 (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I don't know much about Birmingham, but if you can get your boyfriend to book you some train tickets in advance then returns to Liverpool or Manchester are available for £12 (if you book early enough!) They are both great days out for shopping, museums etc and a bit of good old northern hospitality ;)
Chester is another really nice city to visit, lots of Roman history to see, and again some fantastic shops.
If you hired a car you could drive over into Wales where you can take your pick from beaches, countryside or even climb Snowdon.

5. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

What to do in Birmingham, leave. No really, it isn't that bad but there isn't that much to do. I have lived here for 3 1/2 years and my favorite Birmingham past time is going to New Street Station, looking at the board and catching a train somewhere for the day.
There are some great places in the Midlands area to visit and you can do for a day. Warwick Castle, Stratford-Upon-Avon, despite the jokes, Coventry is worth a day trip. Catch the train to Barnt Green and go for a walk through the Likey Hills (this is on the edge of Birmingham close to where I live and my favorite part of Brum).
The Black Country Museum is worth a trip - even if just to listen to the accent. I spent 5 minutes listening to a presentation about the mines before I reaise what the guys was talking about. And there is a great crystal and pottery seconds shop next door.

A bit further a field are Chester - I think it is worth the long day trip, the Cotswolds, Bristol/Bath, Cardiff, Manchester or Liverpool naturally there is London. They are all an easy train ride for a day of mooching about.

As for the weather, right now it is about to chuck it down. The mornings and evenings are getting cold but the days are still warmish. Although once this rain clears I expect the temperature to drop.

Could list a zillion other options but this is a starting point.

6. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

There is Cadbury land in Birmingham (where they make Cadbury's chocolate) I'm sure it's not actually that great when you go but I've had a longing to go there for some time due to my love of Cadbury's creme eggs.

7. Posted by vindeb (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Two weeks in birmingham can be a lot, go up north to see York, nice historical city. Also, couple of beautiful national parks (North york moors and Lake district) can be a very good option for the weekends.

If you can drive go to edinburgh, scotland. So in all a lot to do and see around Birmingham...

Have a nice time...

8. Posted by scott_1 (Budding Member 38 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hi, i was born in birmingham and lived there until i was around 20, but unless you like to drink or shop theres not much to do, but if you do like bars clubs and pubs your in the right place,

9. Posted by nigel2304 (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

check if there's anything going on at the nec or nia here:
here's another site with information about birmingham:
hope this helps.