An Autumnal City Break to Brimingham
An Autumnal City Break to Brimingham
The leaves are turning to brown, the nights are getting shorter, and it already seems that Christmas is just around the corner. Before you get hit with festive cheer, you might be considering a small weekend break to recharge your batteries and set you up for the coming months. With the cost of Christmas rising every year, a UK city break might be a cheaper option. The Midlands offer a broad range of things to do for all types of budget.
Cosy and Relaxing
Anyone who has spent time in Britain will know that from October to March, the weather can get pretty grim. Unlike Southern Europe, the mercury dips quickly so the best thing to do is to plan for a lot of indoor activities that can help you to shelter from the inevitable rain. Birmingham has a selection of world-class museums that are the perfect way to spend a day learning about the culture and history of the local area.
In Chamberlain Square, you’ll find the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The space is right in the centre of the city and is home to a number of interesting collections including the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, Pre-Raphaelite art and artefacts from Ancient Egypt. For those looking for a more scientific experience, the thinktank museum is well worth a visit. Here you’ll find a Spitfire from the Second World War, an immersive Marine Worlds gallery, and a full-sized Planetarium.
Wining and Dining
As with any trip, it’s nice to be able to try some of the local food and drink and get a taste for what makes the midlands tick as a place. Adam’s Restaurant in the city centre is a Michelin Starred restaurant that has gained wide acclaim for their interpretations of British Cuisine. Be sure to book a table first, as people travel from far and wide! No trip to this part of the UK would be complete without sampling the curry that’s on offer. Asha’s is a reasonably priced Indian that will show you why Birmingham has such an important relationship with the modern curry!
The city centre is also a great place to spend a night out if you fancy hitting some of the bars. The area surrounding Cathedral Square is home to some of the best-loved bars in the city. Jekyll and Hyde on Steelhouse Lane gives a Dickensian twist to your experience, while the Sun On The Hill will give you an altogether more traditional experience. If you’re in the mood for cocktails, the Island Bar will not leave you disappointed, offering all kinds of tipple in a Hawaiian/Tikki setting.
Learning to De-Stress
As with any trip, the most important thing to do is relax. If you get out the city and into the surrounding towns and countryside, you’ll find that there’s a broad range of things you can try to de-stress to the full. Go to the town of Sutton Coldfield, and you’ll be able to enjoy the spa facilities at the Belfry Hotel. While the Belfry might be famed as a Ryder Cup golf venue, its spa service is amongst the very best in the area.
We mentioned earlier that you are likely to spend a lot of time indoors to avoid the rain. If, however, you are lucky enough to get a spell of nice weather, the Shropshire Hills to the west of the city are a recognised area of natural beauty and make the perfect spot to enjoy a country walk. Just remember to wrap up well!
With a bit of research, you can turn a weekend trip to Birmingham into the ultimate relaxing adventure!
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